14 May – 8 July 2017 Award-winning artist Tom Palin, whose work has been shown in some of the country’s top galleries, displayed his paintings in the gallery over these eight weeks .
Tom Palin was born in Birkenhead. He studied in Liverpool and Manchester, and at the time of the exhibition was completing a PhD in Painting at The Royal College of Art. He teaches Fine Art at Leeds College of Art, and Drawing at Leeds Becket University. He has exhibited widely and been the recipient of: The Hunting Young Artist of the Year Award (2000), The Gilchrist Fisher Award (2004) and The British Institution Award, at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2015). Solo exhibitions include: Between then and Now (Dean Clough, Halifax, 2005), A Room with a View 2 (View Two, Liverpool, 2008) and In Two Minds (Ashton Central, 2010). Publications include: Tom Palin: Artist Statements 1993-2012 (Workshop Press, Leeds, 2013).
This exhibition consisted of 39 oil paintings. All works comprised twin hardwood panels and were made between 2011 and 2016.
Tom said this small exhibition allowed him to exhibit the group of paintings in a tiny arena, and to adopt elements of a white cube gallery space and the Salon in miniature.
The panels were arranged thematically and formally across three walls, so as to draw attention to pictorial, narrative and physical relationships within and between works.
He addsed “In my work I remain aware of painting’s possibilities as both object and image. Joining panels, horizontally and vertically, imposes a physical meeting place: a presence that carries with it a reminder of absence, in the form of an imposed and irregular gap. As images, the works serve as glimpses of places seen and remembered, then reconstituted through painterly processes.
“The small scale of the gallery permitted me to touch and see, and to feel closer to what it is that inhabits my space. In its nearness, painting becomes more akin to a seductive surface wherein things simply show up and resonate in proximity to other things.”
In order to support these works a new wooden framework was installed in the gallery. Thanks are due to the Settle-based Timberworks and the related Building Supply Company for their help in making this possible.
You can find out more about Tom on his website http://www.tompalin.co.uk/
To see three images from the exhibition click on photograph top right