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 works in a rural location in Shinfield, just outside Reading, UK in his busy Rear Door Studio.



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    Tom Cartmill's RearDoorStudio is in an ex-farm unit that once served as a University research laboratory

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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 Rear Door 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 11am-5pm | Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2015.



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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

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.
New College, Oxford
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



Rear Door Studio
Unit 4, High Copse Farm
Hyde End Road
Reading, RG2 0DX

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 are characterised by their highly textured and intricately worked surfaces.