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 studio is at Amners Farm, just outside Reading, UK.



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    Tom moved into his new studio in June 2016, after 6 years at RearDoorStudio in Shinfield

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    Visitors are welcome to Tom's 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 Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2016 | 11am-5pm.



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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.


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.


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.


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: http://www.open-studios.org.uk/workshop6.php


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.


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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.


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.




Selected Exhibitions

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, 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

BookFace, Reading
Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

ArtSway, Sway
Drawing Open, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park, Bracknell

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

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

The Jelly Gallery, Reading
Galería Cobalto, Córdoba, Spain

IV Exposición Internacional De Pintura y Fotografía, Alcázar De San Juan, Spain
'Overlapping Views', The Mill Gallery, Banbury (solo)

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

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


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

Artist Talks

Corn Exchange Theatre, Newbury
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)
Commission from New College Chapel, Oxford University, for 8 paintings to accompany eight poems & pieces of sacred music
Private Commission to paint a 'contemporary ikon'


Art Bursary awarded by Cherwell District Council

Selected Databases

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



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Unit 1, Amners Farm
Reading, RG30 3UE

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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 are characterised by their highly textured and intricately worked surfaces.