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.
Tom Cartmill works in a rural location in Shinfield, just outside Reading, UK in his busy Rear Door Studio.
Tom Cartmill's RearDoorStudio is in an ex-farm unit that once served as a University research laboratory
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.
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.
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
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
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.