Tom Cartmill

Site Number: 25
Drawing and painting, Mixed media, Sculpture
Two Circles on Herringbone Fragment/ink on paper/72x91cm

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: Layers of media are built up, to be abraded, worn through and overlaid yet again, mirroring the passage of time and giving glimpses of the unfolding story of the making of the work itself.

As well as an abiding interested in visual perception, I am interested in the function of memory, in particular, the fact that our understanding of the world around us (people, places, concepts) is filtered or conditoned through our memories. There also seems to be a connection that, however much we toil to comprehend and to broaden our knowledge, our understanding will never be whole.

Biographical Information
Now based in Reading, working from a studio unit on a farm just outside the town, I have spent much of my adult life overseas, particularly in New Zealand, Southern Spain and Sicily. My work is exhibited widely and can be found in numerous private collections around the world, and also in a growing number of public and corporate collections.

My drawing has been gaining increasing recognition: my work having been selected for a number of major exhibitions including the RA Summer Exhibition, London (2016 & 2017); The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2022, 2021 & 2020) and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2022, 2019, 2017 & 2016). I also won the Rabley Editioning Prize in 2017 (seeing the launch of a new print edition at the London Original Print Fair at The Royal Academy of Arts, in 2018). Amongst other exhibitions, my drawings have been selected for the Derwent Drawing Prize (2022 & 2016), The National Open Art Exhibition (2017), The Discerning Eye (2020 & 2018), The Art Gemini Prize (2017), The New Light Art Prize Exhibition (2021). In 2022 I was selected as a 'Future Now Artist' for the Aesthetica Art Prize, on the strength of submitted mixed media work. This follows a previous selection in 2019 for the same prize, for my drawing.

Dates for the rest of the year:
Each year I have 2 Open Studio events, in May and December. Visitors are also very welcome to come to my studio throughout the year, by appointment. Please contact me first to arrange a visit.
Artist website:
Tom Cartmill


Reading and NE region
The Art studio, Unit 1, Amners Farm
RG30 3UE
Either: Off A33 - Grazeley turning (near Junct 11, M4), Or: Off A4 – Burghfield turning.