Tom Palin is a painter and Subject Leader in BA (Hons) Fine Art and Critical & Contextual Studies.
In his practice he draws from the tradition of English and northern European landscape painting, combining a concern for the materiality of paint and the processes of involuntary memory. Of particular interest is the relationship between, and seeming irreconcilability of, the object and image of painting.
Tom graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1996 and a PGCE in 2004 and from The University of Manchester with an MA in Art History in 2006. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Painting at the Royal College of Art, revisiting the notion of medium specificity within a contemporary frame. He has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and undertaken residencies in Dublin, Munich and Prague. Solo exhibitions include: Pride of Place: A Painter’s Perspective at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2002, A Room with a View at the Atkinson Art Gallery in 2004, Between Then and Now at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax in 2005, A Room with a View Two at View Two Gallery, Liverpool in 2008 and In Two Minds at the Central Art Gallery, Ashton-Under-Lyne in 2010.
Awards include: The Hunting Young Artist of the Year Award (Royal College of Art, 2000), The Emerson Group Award (Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, 2002), The Gilchrist-Fisher Memorial Award for Landscape Painters (Rebecca Hossack, 2004) and The Alumni Award (Liverpool University & Liverpool JMU, 2005). In 2006, along with illustrator Ali Graney, he founded Hydra Arts, delivering practical, collaborative workshops in drawing and painting to adults and children throughout the North of England. Publications include: Pride of Place: A Painter’s Perspective (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2002) and Tom Palin: Artist Statements, 1992-2012 (Workshop Press, Leeds, 2013).