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.
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
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.
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.