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Tom Cartmill is a visual artist based in Reading, UK, whose mixed media paintings are characterised by their highly textured and intricately worked surfaces. His work explores notions of time, space, patination and erosion.

Tom exhibits widely, both in the UK and overseas. He has work in numerous public and private collections thoughout the world.

Now settled in Reading, Cartmill has travelled widely and spent much of his adult life living overseas, his longest stints being in New Zealand, Spain and Italy. His travels have greatly informed his work and his years spent in Sicily and Spain, where he became interested in the Moorish heritage, have been particularly influential on his practice.


Short statement about my practice

Change through time and the inevitable accumulation of experience are themes that have underpinned my practice from early on. The way that buildings and much used objects age, weathering and transforming with the passage of time, is a constant source of inspiration. I work at evoking ‘a patina of experience' in my pictures. This directly relates to the methods used to make my work, where I combine conventional painting techniques with more innovative processes.
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  • Tom Cartmill's beautiful oak-beamed studio is a unit within an ancient barn at Amners Farm.

    It is 15 minutes from the centre of Reading and being on the M4 corridor, just 40 minutes from central London. For directions, please look at the 'Contact' page on this site.

     

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  • Visitors are welcome to the studio throughout the year. If you would like to visit please make an arrangement with Tom first, using the contact details on this site, and he will be happy to show you around.

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    Tom Cartmill regularly opens up his studio so that members of the public are able to visit during 'official' opening hours. Visitors are able to chat to Tom about his practice, see new work and gain an insight into the daily running of a busy art studio.

    His next Open Studio event will be in early December 2017. Dates to be confirmed.


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The London Group Open 2017


Tom Cartmill’s drawing Fragment XIX has been selected for The London Group Open.

The London Group is 'one of the UK's longest-running and most prestigious artists' collectives... The Open welcomes innovative, challenging works in any medium, including painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, digital, audio, mixed media, installation, video and performance.'

The Cello Factory
33-34 Cornwall Road
London SE1 8TJ

8th - 17th Novemeber 2017

The London Group Open 2017

 

Black Swan Arts 2017


We are very pleased that Tom Cartmill’s drawing Undertow XXI has been selected for this year's Black Swan Arts Open exhibition.

The judges this year included Gary Sangster, trustee from the Arnolfini, Bristol; Stephen Snoddy, director of the New Art Gallery, Walsall; Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Mariella Frostrup, journalist and broadcaster.

'Over the past fifteen years, the Black Swan Arts Open has built an impressive reputation for attracting some of the best-established practitioners and emerging artists from the South, with the judges selecting diverse and innovative pieces and championing artistic excellence.'

The exhibition will be held at Black Swan Arts, Frome. 2nd - 29th November 2017

Black Swan Arts Open Competition

 

21st National Open Art Competition Exhibition


I am delighted to say that Tom Cartmill’s drawing Undertow (ink on paper | 130x95cm) has been selected for the National Open Art exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, which will be transformed into a contemporary gallery space to showcase a cross-section of the very best British and Irish contemporary art, photography and moving image of 2017.

The 2017 Judges include Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue RA, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward. All artwork is judged strictly anonymously on talent and results in an exhibition of 100% of the open entries – not one ‘invited’ artist.

National Open Art (NOA) is one of the UK’s leading art competitions, open to amateur and professional artists in the UK and Ireland. It is administrated by the Chichester Art Trust, a registered not for profit arts charity, whose aim is to provide a truly open and fair platform for all UK and Irish artists.

The exhibition will be held at Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London. 17th - 26 th Novemeber 2017

National Open Art Competition 2017

 

ArtGemini Prize Exhibition 2017


We are very excited that the drawing U n d e r t o w XII has been selected for exhibition in the ArtGemini Prize.

37 artists have been chosen from over 900 entrants worldwide for the ArtGemini Prize Exhibition, which aims 'to promote international contemporary art for emerging and established artists around the world'.

The exhibition will be at Asia House Gallery, London at the end of September

ArtGemini Prize 2017

 

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017


Delighted to say that Tom Cartmill's drawing 'Circle on Grid ' has been selected for the RA Summer Exhibition this year. The exhibition is on from 13th June - 20th August 2017 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

 

Sketch2017 Prizewinner


I am delighted to be one of the prize winners at Sketch2017, which launched at the renowned Rabley Drawing Centre and will then tour the UK for the rest of 2017.

I have won the 'Rabley Print Editioning Prize' which will take the form of the development and publication of a limited edition print to be launched at the 2018 London Original Print Fair, at the Royal Academy of Arts. I am very excited at the prospect of working with Rabley Drawing Centre to complete the project.

http://rableydrawingcentre.com/events/rabley-sketch-open-drawing-prize.html

 

Drawing Published in Book on Contemporary Drawing around the World


I've just heard that my drawing has been selected for publication in Manifest Gallery's yearly survey of contemporary drawing from around the world.

The book 'International Drawing Annual 12' is scheduled for publication next year and will include a page dedicated to my practice.

http://www.manifestgallery.org

 

SKETCH 2017 | Sketchbook Drawing Prize


I am thrilled to say that Tom has had his two Sketchbook entries selected for exhibition, from international submissions, for 'Sketch 2017' which opens at the Rabley Drawing Centre at the end of May and then tours across the country til 15th December 2017.

The competition and touring exhibition aims to promote the diversity and importance of drawing and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary creative practice.

Venues & Dates
Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough | 21 May – 17 June 2017
Black Swan Arts, Frome | 22 July – 3 September 2017
Plymouth College of Art | 9 September – 6 October 2017
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster | 20 November – 15 December 2017

http://rableydrawingcentre.com/events/rabley-sketch-open-drawing-prize.html

 

Work Selected for 'DRAWN' Exhibition at the RWA


Tom Cartmill's drawing F r a g m e n t V | ink on paper, has been selected for DRAWN at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

'DRAWN is a biennial open submission drawing exhibition, which aims to explore the boundaries of drawing and celebrate it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool.'

Drawn and The Drawing Lab | 01 Apr 17 - 04 Jun 17 | Royal West Academy of Art, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1PX

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/drawn-and-drawing-lab

 

Drawing featured on AxisWeb 'Category of the Week'


Tom Cartmill's drawing 'Pavement X' is featured on AxisWeb in its popular 'Category of the Week'. This week the category is 'Drawing'. Tom's drawing was selected along with works by 11 other artists from AxisWeb's database of 1,000s of UK practitioners. AxisWeb is widely recognised, by curators, collectors & visual artists, as 'the' go-to database of artists in this county.

www.axisweb.org/Category of the Week

 

Shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017


Delighted to say that Tom Cartmill's drawing 'Circle on Grid' has been shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition this year. Results from the second, and round of judging will be announced on 18th May - fingers crossed that it will be the same outcome as last year.

UPDATE: I am delighted to say the work has got through the second round and is 'still under consideration'. We will konw on 27th May if it has been hung.

 

S m a l l W o r k s | website launched


tomcartmillsmallworks.com has just been launched. The intention is to make some of Tom Cartmill's 'small works' available online to purchase direct from the studio. We've tried to keep the design as clean as possible and not overload it with information. Hope you enjoy it.

www.tomcartmillsmallworks.com

 

Work Selected for the 164th RWA Open


I am very pleased to say that Tom Cartmill's drawing 'Reverb' has been selected for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibtion 2016, Bristol. this year.

The exhibition dates are 9th October - 27th November 2016.

RWA | Annual Open Exhibition

 

Selected for the Derwent Art Prize 2016


I am very pleased to announce that Tom Cartmill's drawing 'Circle on Grid I' has been selected for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition this year.

'The Derwent Art Prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by British and International artists.'

The exhibition starts in September 2016, at The Mall Galleries, London, before touring at various galleries throughout the UK.

Derwent Art Prize website

 

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016


Delighted to say that Tom Cartmill's drawing 'Circle on Collage I' has been selected for the RA Summer Exhibition this year. The exhibition is on from 14th June - 21 st August 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

 

Studio Workshop | Creating Textures in Mixed Media Paintings


Tom Cartmill will be holding a workshop in his studio for the Open Studios Scheme. In this hands-on workshop, he will help attendess make their own gesso and paints. Using a range of binders and pigments, students will learn to make both oil and acrylic based paints. They will then go on to prepare a support and practise techniques to incorporate their hand-made paints into a textured painting of their own. Please contact the Newbury Open Studio Scheme from the 2nd April if you would like to join the workshop - numbers are limited. Please follow this link for more information.

 

Painting Used to Promote New Gallery in Reading


As part of the promotion of an innovative new gallery in Reading, one of my painitings is being used to promote the venture in the window of a Haslams, a town-centre estate agent.

 

Win this Original Drawing from the Pavement Series


Win this original ‘interactive’ drawing from the Pavement Series (on paper | 110x75cm).
Just share this post on social media & like/follow/connect to me on another social network to be added to the draw.

https://www.facebook.com/TomCartmillVisualArtist
https://twitter.com/TomCartmill
https://instagram.com/tom_cartmill

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DETAILS
As part of a work I am installing next week, I am going to affix this drawing to the floor, below another piece suspend from the ceiling. For a day, it will become an ‘interactive drawing’ whereby visitors will be able to walk on the drawing in order to view the suspended work above - it will be their choice if they stand on the picture or not.

From early on in my practice, I have been exploring the resonance of weathered and worn objects. The Pavement Series of drawings has partly been a further investigation of this and has also been inspired by Roman & Greek classical pavements, which came to my attention during the years I spent living in Spain and Italy. The 'interactive drawing' is clearly going to be ‘weathered’/altered by the tread of those stepping onto it. I will post an ‘after’ photo once I have uninstalled it.

As soon as you have shared the image & connected to me on another network (below), I will then place your name in the proverbial ‘hat’ from which a name will be picked at random on 25th October. The winner will then be contacted via social media to arrange delivery, which I will pay for.

https://twitter.com/TomCartmill
https://instagram.com/tom_cartmill
https://www.facebook.com/TomCartmillVisualArtist

The drawing is very likely to look more distressed than it is now (just how much by, is obviously dependent on visitors’ behaviour), but that is obviously intentional and in keeping with my work. Once uninstalled, I will prepare the drawing, before mailing it to the winner - wherever in the world they are.

Anyway, good luck and hope the idea gets a response.


 

Corporate Commission for Art work


A large financial consulting company have just purchased one of my paintings to feature in their boardroom. They have also commissioned a further two paintings to go in their offices. The works are going to have quite an impact once in situ, being 3 metres across. I have started preparatory sketches and am really looking forward to the supports arriving at the studio so I can begin for real, as it were.


 

Exhibition at Terence Conran's Furniture Design Showroom


Benchmark, Terence Conran's bespoke furniture showroom is again showing paintings by Tom Cartmill. It is very exciting to have his new work work alongside such beautiful furniture. Details of how to get to the showroom, on Conran's estate near Hungerford, can be found here


Work on Show at the Affordable Art Fair


Bowlish Contemporary Gallery is again taking work by Tom Cartmill to the Affordable Art Fair. This year it's Battersea (2013 was Hampstead). 13th - 16th March 2014. Details are available on the AAF website here


Artist Talk at the Corn Exchange Newbury


Tom Cartmill is giving an artist's talk about his practice at the Corn Exchange Theatre, Newbury on 8th May. Tom is going to talk about the development of his work over the last ten years and the ideas behind it. You will also have a chance to view some of his recent large-scale paintings in the exhibition 'Frames of Reference' that coincides with his talk.

Glass artist Shirley Eccles, will also be talking about her work.

If you want to go, booking is essential via the Corn Exchange box office (Tel: 0845 521 8218). Click on the image, to the right, to view a copy of the poster advertising the talks. Details are also available on the Corn Exchange website here

 

Tom Cartmill has had work selected for the exhibition 'New Greenham Open 2012'

Oct 17th - Nov 22nd 2012

Greenham Open 2012, New Greenham Arts Gallery, Newbury.


As part of a long term arrangement, Tom Cartmill has four large paintings on prominent display in the atrium of the region's newest hospital, Circle Reading. The hospital, in terms of design, is far-removed from the norm. It resembles more a contemporary five-star hotel. Visitors are welcome to come to view the artwork and sit in the comfortable

'Words,after speech,reach Into the silence’ - My new sculpture, is going on show in the exhibition 'AfterWords' at Arlington Arts, Newbury.

The name of my piece takes a line from TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ as the starting point. It is a text I have regularly reread over the last 25 years and I have incorporated my much loved and disintegrating copy into this artwork to give it a new life, as it were. This sculpture hopefully resonates in numerous ways, touching on the function of memory, loss and indeed the nature of the creative process itself. Eliot’s line from the poems:'There is only the fight to recover what has been lost’ has been something of a credo for me for many years

‘Paintbox’ - my mixed media sculpture was installed at OpenHand OpenSpace studios Reading, last Saturday for 'Parcel Fever II', which is one of a number of shows which form part of the renowned Whitley Arts Festival.












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Selected Exhibitions

2017
National Open Art Competition, Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London (17th - 26th November)
Black Swan Arts Open, Frome (2nd - 29th November)
The London Group Open, The Cello Factory, London (8th - 17th November)
ArtGemini Prize, Asia House, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
SKETCH 2017, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough (May 21st - June 17th, then tours UK until 15th December)
DRAWN, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2016
Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
164 RWA Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
BookFace, Reading
Brighton Art Fair, Brighton
Henley International Festival, Henley
'Collaborations', Veronica Stuart Arts Trust, Studio53 Gallery, Salisbury
Partitions, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading

2015
BookFace, Reading
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading

2014
Affordable Art Fair | London, Battersea, with Bowlish Contemporary Gallery
Benchmark, Hungerford
BookFace, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading

2013
Summer Open, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell
Affordable Art Fair | London, Hampstead, with Bowlish Contemporary Gallery
Distil, Studio53, Salisbury
Frames of Reference, Newbury Corn Exchange, Newbury
The Space Between, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading

2012
Greenham Open, New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury
BookFace - chapter 3, The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
Summer Exhibition, Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke
AfterWords, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Life Force, Corn Exchange, Newbury
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading
Boundaries and Beyond, ReOrsa Artists Project 6, Gallery@49, Bracknell

2011
Parcel Fever II, OpenHand OpenSpace, Reading
Received Wisdom, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
All that Remains, ReOrsa project No.5, More Arts, Wokingham

2010
Benchmark Showroom, (Terence Conran's contemporary furniture), Hungerford
Fugitive Fragments, The Corn Exchange, Newbury (solo)
Found Space, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
Eighty, Reading Museum, Reading

2009
Recovering the Lost , Slough Museum, Slough (solo)
ReOrsa project No.4, Bracknell, Hackwood Art Festival, Basingstoke
Remembered Present, Blue Door studio, Mortimer (solo)
Talking Point, Henley Exhibition Centre, Henley-on-Thames

2008
The Affordable Art Fair, London
ReOrsa project No.3, Wokingham
Gallery 10, Gunn Street, Reading
In Passing, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
ReOrsa project No.2, Bracknell
Whiteknights Studio Trail, Reading (solo)
Runes, Blue Door Studio, Mortimer (solo)

2007
Early and Later, Newbury Museum, Newbury
ReOrsa artists space No.1, 51 High Street, Bracknell
Pastoral, The Corn Exchange, Newbury
Transitions, Visual Arts Gallery, Maiden Erlegh Arts College, Reading (solo)

2006
Tom Cartmill:Drawings, Basingstoke Central Library, Basingstoke (solo)
Tom Cartmill:Recent Work, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford (solo)

2005
Convergences, Gallery On the Park, Leighton Park School, Reading (solo)

2004
Surface Gallery, Nottingham
West End Centre, Aldershot
Waterloo Gallery, London
Newbury College, Newbury

2003-04
ArtSway, Sway
Drawing Open, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell

2003
Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville
Taurus Gallery, Oxford
St. Clare's College, Oxford
Newbury College, Newbury

2002
'Open Shutter', Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell

2001
The Jelly Gallery, Reading
Galería Cobalto, Córdoba, Spain

2000
'Overlapping Views', The Mill Gallery, Banbury (solo)

1999
'Persona', New College, Oxford University, Oxford (solo)
Oxford Arts Society, The Electric Showroom, Abingdon
The Mill Gallery, Banbury

1998
'Un Anno In Sicilia', Galleria Candelai, Palermo, Italy (solo)

Collections

Reading Museum, Reading
Abacus Group plc.
Alexander Devine Children's Hospice
New College, Oxford
Xafinity Consulting Ltd.
Numerous private collections in UK and overseas

Awards

2017
SKETCH2017 Drawing Prize Winner: Rabley Editioning Prize
Sponsored by Rabley Contemporary Gallery, to develop a limited edition print to be exhibited at the 2018 London Print Fair, The Royal Academy,London

1999
Art Bursary awarded by Cherwell District Council, to study print making at Oxford Printmakers Cooperative

Artist Talks

2013
Corn Exchange Theatre, Newbury
2010
To students on 'B.A. Advanced Art in Practice' course, Thames Valley University

Selected Commissions

1996 - 2000
Series of commissions from New College Chapel, Oxford University, for a picture each term(nine paintings in total)
1999
Commission from New College Chapel, Oxford University, for 8 paintings to accompany eight poems & pieces of sacred music
1995
Private Commission to paint a 'contemporary ikon'

Selected Publications

International Drawing Annual 12, Manifest Drawing Centre (to be published mid 2018)
SKETCH 2017, Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize Catalogue (published July 2017)
Drawing Selected for AxisWeb 'Category of the Week' (March 2017)

Derwent Art Prize, Exhibition Catalogue (published September 2016)

Selected Databases

Axis - database providing information about contemporary visual artists in the UK
Reading Foundation for Art

studio

  • Tom Cartmill's beautiful oak-beamed studio is a unit within an ancient barn at Amners Farm.

    It is 15 minutes from the centre of Reading and being on the M4 corridor, just 40 minutes from central London. For directions, please look at the 'Contact' page on this site.

     

    studio

  • Visitors are welcome to the studio throughout the year. If you would like to visit please make an arrangement with Tom first, using the contact details on this site, and he will be happy to show you around.

    inside
  • openstudio




    Tom Cartmill regularly opens up his studio so that members of the public are able to visit during 'official' opening hours. Visitors are able to chat to Tom about his practice, see new work and gain an insight into the daily running of a busy art studio.

    His next Open Studio event will be in early December 2017. Dates to be confirmed.


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Unit 1, Amners Farm
Reading, RG30 3UE
England


Tel: 07530927007
Email: tom@tomcartmill.com
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tom cartmill · visual artist

Tom Cartmill is an artist based in Reading UK, whose mixed media paintings and drawings are characterised by their highly textured and intricately worked surfaces.