Tom Palin

Tom Palin

Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

About Tom Palin

Born in Birkenhead in 1974. I am a painter, studying for a PhD at the Royal College of Art. Since graduation, from Liverpool, I have worked predominantly in oils on a small scale. I am interested in exploring (via memory) the boundaries that are perceived to exist between abstraction and figuration, the nature of 'loaded' iconography (of the everyday and the Romantic) and aesthetic questions posed by the physicality of material artworks. I currently work as an associate lecturer for Leeds College of Art and Design, and as a workshop leader for The Lowry. I co-founded Hydra Arts in 2006. I have a particular enthusiasm for the paintings of Maurice Utrillo, Caspar David Friedrich, Samuel Palmer, John Constable, Pieter Bruegel and Jan Van Eyck. Also, for a range of cinema that includes the films of Stanley Kubrick, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Errol Flynn, and for the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.


PhD (Painting). The Royal College of Art (currently undertaking.
MA (Art History). University o Manchester.
BA (Fine Art). Liverpool JMU.


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 Gal., 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. YSP, Wakefield.

Group Exhibitions
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.
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, Williamson.
Still. Studio 24, Mabgate, Leeds.
Housing the Homeless Exhibition. Hiscox, London.
New Perspectives in Painting. The Studios, New Mills.
The Marmite Prize IV, Tannery Arts, London.
The Marmite Prize IV, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth.
The Marmite Prize IV, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge.
The Marmite Prize IV, The Mackintosh, Glasgow S of A.
The Marmite Prize IV, Central Art Gallery, Ashton.
Local Imagination. San Francisco Art Institute, SF, USA.
West Lancashire Open. Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.
The Gilchrist-Fisher 2012. Rebecca Hossack, London.
London Lives. Bankside Gallery, London.
West Lancashire Open. Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.
Motorcade/FlashParade Open. Bristol.
Sanctuary. St. George’s German Church, London.
Dream Machine. Metal, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool.
Recent Acquisitions. Victoria Gallery, Liverpool.
Local Heroes. Liverpool Biennial 08, View Two, Liverpool.
Salford Pops Up. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford.
So You Want To Be An Artist. The Lowry, Salford Quays.
Sense & Sensuality: Blind Art. RCA, London.
Alumni: Graduates of Liverpool School of Art.
Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.
Le Petit Paysage. Comme Ca, Castlefield, Manchester.
Le Petit Paysage. Liverpool Biennial 04, Liverpool.
Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.
Sefton Open. Atkinson Gallery, Southport.
The Affordable Art Fair (Rebecca Hossack Gallery).
The Gilchrist Fisher Award 2004. Hossack, London.
The Hunting Arts Prizes 2004. Royal College of Art.
The Affordable Art Fair (Hicks Gallery). Battersea Park.
Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon, London.
Wirral Open. Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.
Memory & Perception. Senate House, Liverpool.
Foreign Bodies: Best of British. Arkansas, USA.
Manchester Open. Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.
The Discerning Eye. Mall Galleries, London.
Sefton Open. Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport.
Wirral Open. Williamson art Gallery, Birkenhead.
Chester Open. Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
View Two Gallery, Liverpool. Ongoing Displays.
Manchester Open. Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.
The Hunting Art Prizes 2001. Royal College of Art.
Small Works. View 2.