Approved: 20.01.2016

Tom Palin


Approved: 20.01.2016
  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

Artist Statement

A painting is immobilised time, with the stillness of the object of painting serving to disguise the temporal nature of the processes by which a work is constructed. Yet a painting’s surface is built incrementally, and in its stillness offers clues to what it has been—perhaps the only clues to what, in essence, it is. 

My painting draws from the tradition of English and northern European landscape painting. Working mostly in oils on a small scale, my work explores the boundaries between abstraction and figuration, combining an interest in the iconography of the everyday and the Romantic with a concern for the materiality of paint and the passing of time.

This concern for materiality stems from an earlier perception of paintings as objects oscillating between the viewer’s space and the psychological space opened up by imagery and pictorial inquiry.

The processes of involuntary memory act as a starting point for a prolonged game of assertion and negation, statement and modification. Images come, go and transform, layers of paint obscuring and revealing what has been in an attempt to arrive at a position between object and image.

I don’t believe in representation...or at least in my ability to hide the processes of painting behind pre-determined images in which I have little faith. Yet nor is my love of paint such that it feels sufficient to push it around unhindered by the desire to fashion it into a form of image.

For the past eight years I have worked on blocks of hardwood, mostly oak and poplar. The resistance of the material, its texture, grain and edges reaffirm the object of painting. However seductive the image, the painting is never wholly elsewhere.

CV & Education


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PhD (Painting). The Royal College of Art. Currently Undertaking
PhD (Yr 1). Coventry University.
MA (Art History). The University of Manchester.
Research Fellow in Painting & Drawing. St Helens College.
BA (Hons) Fine Art. Liverpool John Moores University.
Foundation in Art & Design. Wirral Metropolitan College.

Current Employment 
Lecturer in Fine Art and Critical & Contextual Studies. Leeds College of Art.   
Lecturer in Drawing. Leeds Metropolitan University. 
Hydra Arts (Co-Founder & Workkshop Leader.               

Previous Employment
Lecturer in Painting, Fine Art & Contextual Studies. St. Helens College. 
Art Tutor. Knowsley Family and Community Education Service. Liverpool.
Lecturer in Art History. Manchester City College.
Art Tutor Liverpool Lifelong Learning, City Council, Liverpool.
Freelance Illustrator for ‘Novy Prostor’ magazine. Prague, Czech Republic.
Supply Teacher (GCSE and A-Level). Select Education, Liverpool.
Tutor in Art, Design & Craft. Knowsley Community College, Liverpool.
Lecturer in Fine Art and Printmaking. St. Helens College.
Co-Founder and Curator of Parking Space Gallery, Liverpool.
Education Officer. St. Helens Open Art Competitions.

Guest Lecturing
York College.
Liverpool John Moores University.

Previous Workshop Experience
The Lowry, Salford Quays.
HMP Styal. Wilmslow, Cheshire.
Salford Young Offenders Programme (ISSP project). Salford.
Portland Basin Museum.Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. Ashton-Under-Lyne.
The Atkinson Gallery, Southport (in conjunction with ‘A Room with a View’).
The Beachwood and Ballantyne Youth Project (Summer Residency). Bidston, Wirral.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (as Feiweles Trust Bursary holder).
Feiweles Trust Artist in Residence. Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Liverpool University (in conjunction with Memory & Perception).
Garston Reading Rooms (Community Centre), Liverpool.
Northern Artists into Schools, UK.

Awards & Residencies
British Intitution Award. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

Stage 2. John Moores Art Prize.

Longlist. Liverpool Art Prize. Metal, Liverpool.
Second Prize. Motorcade/FlashParade Open. Bristol.
First Prize. Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.           

First Prize (Shared). Alumni: Graduates of Liverpool Art School Open. Hope Street Gallery.

The Gilchrist Fisher Award. Rebecca Hossack, London.

Shortlist. The Vickers Award. The University of Derby, Derby.

Emerson Group Award. MAFA Open. Bury Art Gallery & Museum, Greater Manchester.

Feiweles Trust Bursary & Residency. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Professional Residency. Prague, Czech Republic.

Young Artist of The Year Award. The Hunting Arts Prizes. Royal College of Art, London.

Residency. Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin, Rep of Ireland.

Residency. The FoS, Munich, Germany.

Student Award. St. Helens Open. St. Helens College, St Helens.

Solo Exhibitions
The Spotlight Gallery, The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax.

Tom Palin: Against the Grain. According to McGee, York.

The Big Country: Works on Paper. Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool.
Tom Palin: Recent Paintings. York College, York.

Tom Palin. Leeds College of Art, Leeds.
In Two Minds’. Ashton Art Gallery, Ashton-Under-Lyne.

A Room with a View 2. View Two Gallery, Liverpool.

Between Then and Now. Dean Clough, Halifax.

A Room with a View. The Atkinson Gallery, Southport.

Pride of Place: A Painter’s Perspective. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

Selected Group Exhibitions
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. Guildford House Gallery, Surrey.
The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. Mall Galleries, London.

Art on a Postcard. Soho Review. London.
The Discerning Eye. Mall Galleries, London.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.
Free Things. STCFTHOTS Gallery, Leeds.

Wirral Society of Arts 7th National Open Art Exhibition. Williamson.
Still. Studio 24, Mabgate, Leeds.
Housing the Homeless Central Fund Exhibition. Hiscox Art Café, London.

New Perspectives in Painting. The Studios Gallery, New Mills, Derbyshire.
The Marmite Prize IV, Tannery Arts, Drawing Room, London.
The Marmite Prize IV, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth.
The Marmite Prize IV, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge.
The Marmite Prize IV, Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art.

The Marmite Prize IV, Central Art Gallery, Ashton-Under-Lyne.
Local Imagination. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA.
West Lancashire Open. Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk. 
neo: artprize 2012. neo, Bolton.
SKarts Open Contemporary Art. Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport.
(Invitation). The Gilchrist-Fisher 2012. Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.

London Lives. Bankside Gallery, London.
Motorcade/FlashParade Open. Bristol. 

BA Fine Art Painting. The Godfrey Pilkington Gallery, St. Helens.
Sanctuary. St. George’s German Lutheran Church, London.
Dream Machine. Metal, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool.

Recent Acquisitions. Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool.

Local Heroes. Liverpool Biennial 08, View Two Gallery, Liverpool.
Salford Pops Up. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford.
So You Want To Be An Artist. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford.

08 Exhibiters' Wall. View Two Gallery, Liverpool.

Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead.

Mezzanine Display. The University of Liverpool Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Sense & Sensuality: Blind Art. Royal College of Art, London.
Alumni: Graduates of Liverpool School of Art. Hope Street Gallery, Liverpool.

Le Petit Paysage. Comme Ca, Castlefield, Manchester.
Le Petit Paysage. Liverpool Biennial 04, Gostins Building, Liverpool.
Sefton Open. Atkinson Gallery, Southport.
The Affordable Art Fair (Rebecca Hossack Gallery). Battersea Park, London.
The Gilchrist Fisher Award 2004. Rebecca Hossack, London.
The Hunting Arts Prizes 2004. Royal College of Art, London.

The Affordable Art Fair (Hicks Gallery). Battersea Park, London.
Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London.
Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead.

Memory & Perception: Tom Palin & Peter Bonnell. Senate House, Liverpool.
Foreign Bodies: Best of British. Transition Gallery, The University of Arkansas, USA.
Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead.
Manchester Open. Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.

The Discerning Eye. Mall Galleries, London.
Sefton Open. Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport.           
Chester Open. Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
Manchester Open. Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.
(Invitation). The Hunting Art Prizes 2001. Royal College of Art, London.

Small Works. View Two Gallery, Liverpool.
Chichester Open. Edes House, Chichester.
The Discerning Eye. Mall Galleries, London.
Warrington Open. Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington.
The Garrick/Milne Prize 2000. Christie’s, London.
Wigan Open. Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan.
Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead.
Manchester Open. Bury Art Gallery.
The Hunting Art Prizes 2000. Royal College of Art, London.

Wigan Open. Drumcroon Arts Centre, Wigan.
Past, Present, Future. Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin, Rep of Ireland.
Can’t Agree Between Us. Parking Space Gallery, Liverpool.

Drawlab 98. Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.
Checkout. Old Kwik Save, Toxteth, Liverpool.
Kraftwerk. The FoS, Munich, Germany.
Manchester Open. Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.

St. Helens Open. St. Helens College, St. Helens.
Drawlab Painters. Hanover Galleries, Liverpool.
Stockport Open. Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport.
Drawlab: Work in Progress' St. Helens College, St. Helens.

St. Helens Open. St. Helens College, St. Helens.
Tom Palin & Frederika Whitehead. The Egg Gallery, Liverpool
BA (Hons) Degree Show. Liverpool JMU, Myrtle Street, Liverpool.

Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Wirral Society of Arts, Wirral.