Tom GIDLEY - Artist in residence, September, 2014

My work has two main threads; making art, and writing fiction. My studio practice centres around painting people and making objects, usually ceramics, and these things are often shown in combination. The theme of my painting is psychological portraiture; the subject is always being reduced, fragmented, abstracted and often overtaken by decoration – the pattern of their clothing or the landscape around them. I photograph people for my painting and sometimes work with these photographs directly. My objects act as punctuation points, thought bubbles, totems or abstract faces; they’re uncanny, vaguely familiar forms, open to interpretation. All the things I make are in conversation with each other, a dialogue I am adding to all the time. My writing could also be described as psychological portraiture. At the moment I am editing a second novel, Peasouper, which I have been working on for several years.


Born 1968, Birmingham, England


1990-1991 Central St. Martins, MA, London, UK
Central St. Martins, BA Hons, London, UK

Exhibitions and projects (selected)

2014 New Order II - Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Are You Alright? - New Art from Britain, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) Toronto, CA
The Book Lovers - Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA
Group show, New Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK
VANBIJDEBUREN Vanbijdeburen Scotland – works from the collection of Hugo and Karla Brown, Kasteel Keukenhof, NL
Young British Art II - curated by Ryan Gander, Zurich, CH
Solo show, From the Corner of Your Eye to the Corner of the Room and Back Again - Paradise Row, London, UK
Hollow Moon, video installation - Whitstable Biennale, UK
Solo show, The Abundant Throat - Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, NL
Young British Art, curated by Ryan Gander - Limoncello, London, UK
Group show, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, NL
Group show, Paradise Row, Dusseldorf, DE
Guest residency, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL
Solo show, ‘The Shape Kept Changing’, LOG, Bergamo, IT
Posted - Wilton Way, London, UK
2009 Solo show, Ritual Footpath - Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, NL
Associates in New York - Phillips de Pury, New York, USA
Solo show, Early Music - Limoncello, London, UK
Solo show, Now We Are Here - Associates, London, UK
Three for Society - 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2006 Collaboration with Bruce Gilbert based on ‘Stunning Lofts’. Live performances, various venues
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