Tom Palin is a painter and Subject Leader on the BA Fine Art course. He also Co-ordinates the MA in Fine Art. Tom’s practice explores the relationship between the object and picture-aspects of painting. His research focuses on the legacies of formalism and Romanticism, with practical and theoretical applications. In particular, he seeks – with recourse to the philosophical works of Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer – to reframe and resituate the notion of a medium for 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 completed his PhD in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2018. He has undertaken professional residencies in Dublin, Munich and Prague, and his work has been included in many group exhibitions. Solo ventures include: Elegies in Grey, Leeds Arts University, 2018; The Big County, Victoria Gallery, Liverpool, 2011; In Two Minds, Central Art Gallery, Ashton-Under-Lyne, 2010; A Room with a View 2, View Two Gallery, Liverpool, 2008; Between Then and Now, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, 2005; A Room with a View, the Atkinson Art Gallery in 2004; and Pride of Place: A Painter’s Perspective, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2002 (Feiweles Trust Bursary).

Awards for painting include: The Alumni Award (Liverpool University & Liverpool JMU, 2005); The Gilchrist-Fisher Memorial Award for Landscape Painters (Rebecca Hossack, 2004); The Emerson Group Award (Manchester Academy of Fine Art, 2002); and The Hunting Young Artist of the Year Award (Royal College of Art, 2000). In 2006, along with illustrator Ali Graney, he founded Hydra Arts.

Articles

Palin, T. (2020) ‘The context of medium specificity: from Riegl to Greenberg’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, 5(2).

Palin, T. (2019) ‘The white paintings of Maurice Utrillo: a critical examination’, Turps Banana, 21, pp. 14-21.

Books

Palin, T. (2013) Tom Palin: Artist Statements 1992-2012. Leeds: Workshop Press.

Palin, T., Barker, G., Belshaw, M., Miles, R. and Geldard, J. (2012) Readings in a Rumour of the End of Art. Leeds: Workshop Press.

Palin, T. (2002) Tom Palin – Pride of Place: A Painter’s Perspective. Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Book Sections

Palin, T. (2016) Tom Palin. In: Sachet Mixte Men. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Theses

Palin, T. ‘The Condition of Painting: Reconsidering Medium Specificity’. Doctoral thesis, Royal College of Art, 2018.

Exhibition Catalogue Essays

Palin, T. (2019) ‘Involvement, Inbetweenness and Abstract Painting’. In: Painting The In-Between. Metapoiesis Press. Exhibition held at The Bowery, Leeds. 29 March – 12 April 2019.

Palin, T. (2014) ‘SUM’. In: SUM. Exhibition held at Leeds Arts University, Leeds. 13-19 June 2019.

Exhibitions

Palin, T. (2019) Painting The In-Between. The Bowery, Leeds. 29 March – 12 April 2019.

Palin, T. (2019) FULL CIRCLE. The World of Glass, St. Helens. 16 March – 4 May 2019.

Palin, T. (2018) RCA Show 2018. Stevens Building, Kensington Gore, London. 23 June – 1 July 2018.

Palin, T. (2018) SIZE matters. The World of Glass, St Helens. 12 May – 29 June 2018.

Palin, T. (2018) Viva Voce Exhibition (PhD). Royal College of Art, Sackler Building, London. 10 April – 11 April 2018.

Palin, T. (2018) Tom Palin: Elegies in Grey. The Rotunda, Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University. 9 March – 17 May 2018.

Group Exhibition. (2018) Paint North. Lady Beck, Leeds. 28 February – 4 March 2018.

Group Exhibition. (2017) Fully Awake. House of an Art Lover, Glasgow. 4 November – 18 November 2017.

Group Exhibition. (2017) AIR Open 2017. AIR Gallery, Altrincham. 10 August – 20 September 2017.

Group Exhibition. (2017) Small World. PS Mirabel, Manchester. 7 July – 13 August 2017.

Group Exhibition. (2017) Daybreak. Asylum, AMP and Safehouses, London. 30 June – 2 July 2017.

Group Exhibition. (2017) Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017. Burlington House, London. 13 June – 20 August 2017.

Palin, T. (2017) Tom Palin: Small Works. Gallery On The Green, Settle. 14 May – 8 July 2017.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Enzo Marra and Tom Palin. The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool. 24 October – 24 November 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Painting Fo’Sho. Lady Beck, Leeds. 21 October – 30 October 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016. Burlington House, London. 13 June – 21 August 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Pleasure Islands. Artwork Atelier, Salford and 3Space, Manchester. 4 June – 18 June 2016 and 10 September – 17 September 2016.

Palin, T. (2016) Tom Palin: The Tent. The Spotlight Gallery, The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax. 30 January – 24 April 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2016. Mall Galleries, London. 7 March – 13 March 2016.

Group Exhibition. (2015) The Discerning Eye 2015. Mall Galleries, London. 12 November – 22 November 2015.

Group Exhibition. (2016) Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015. Burlington House, London. 8 June – 16 August 2015.

Group Exhibition. Free Things. STCFTHOTS, Leeds, 12 February – 15 February 2015.

Group Exhibition. (2014) Still. Studio 24, Leeds. 31 July – 7 August 2014.

Group Exhibition. (2012) Local Imagination. Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute and Leeds College of Art. 13 August – 25 August 2012 and 15 October – 14 November 2012.

Palin, T. (2010) Tom Palin. The Rotunda, Leeds College of Art. 13 December 2010 – 30 January 2011.

Group Exhibition. (2010) Dream Machine. Metal, Liverpool. 15 September – 23 October 2010.

Palin, T. (2010) Tom Palin: In Two Minds; Paintings 1994-2010. Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne. 5 March – 19 June 2010.

Group Exhibition. (2009) Salford Pops Up. The Lowry, Salford. 27 September 2008 – 15 March 2009.

Palin, T. (2008) Tom Palin: A Room with a View 2. View Two Gallery, Liverpool. 17 January – 9 February 2008.

Palin, T. (2000) The Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead. 2000 – 2017.

Artefacts

Palin, T. (2020) Map and Score.

Conferences, Talks & Presentations

Palin, T. Pictures, Truths and Methods: From Function to Form in Abstract Painting, Abstract Painting Now. The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 14 February 2019.

Palin, T. To See or Not to See: Pareidolias and Abstract Painting, British Abstract Painting in the Eighties. 14 September 2018.