Tom Voyce is a 28 year old artist and art teacher currently based in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire. Trained in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in Wales, Tom gained his bachelor’s degree in 2011- specialising in drawing and painting. He completed a Master’s degree shortly afterwards allowing him to refine his practice while working and teaching at HE level. This also included a visit to China in 2014 where he taught life drawing.
In 2017 Tom participated on Sky Arts Landscape artist of the year, where his powerful and distinctive landscapes thrilled the judges. He went on to win the competition and claim the prize of a £10,000 commission from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, where he was required to paint the view from the legendary playwright Noel Coward’s home in Jamaica.
Since then, Tom has gone on to produce a whole series of artworks based on his visit to Jamaica, as well as continuing to further his own practice through still life’s, interiors and various other semi abstract landscapes that are fundamental to his work.
Tom is an artist whose work sits firmly within a vast art historical tradition. Heavily influenced by 20th Century American abstraction, his work treads a tightrope between figuration and abstraction and takes particular inspiration from the work of Richard Diebenkorn, who trod a similar path through his work. It is a tension between a figuration and abstraction in Toms work, often unresolved, that gives his work the very energy, dynamism and vibrancy that make the paintings so successful. His language is one of abstract concerns (shape, dimension, tone, colour, mark etc) balanced with the presence of organic forms, where landscape provides a rationale or pattern which informs his compositions.
To call Tom a landscape painter then, does perhaps not do justice to the wider concerns present within his work. The subject at hand here is not landscape itself, but rather the components of such that make up our perception and experience of a place; light, tone, shadow, colour. What we are offered through these paintings are accounts of fleeting moments within a landscape; the fall of light on a building, or the shadows cast by a motorway flyover. The strength in these pieces lies not in their faithful depiction of a landscape, but in their suggestion of a sense of place, of being present within a particular space at a particular moment.
Tom makes his paintings by working very quickly on a whole series at the same time. Often on a small scale, the works complement each other and work together to allow a vibrancy and relationship to develop. As a result, one painting can often be completed within hours. He paints in oils on gesso primed boards which dry quickly allowing him to build-up layers through colour and mark. His tools include the traditional variations of filbert paint brushes- but also his ‘pebble’- a painting wedge that allows for paint to be moved around and for an underlying structure to be developed throughout the painting. He likes the ‘history’ of the artwork to remain upon viewing which this tool allows for.
His subject matter comprises of a variety of different themes but his compositions consistently demonstrate his interest in the formal elements of composition: structure, perspective, shape and light. Places of transit such as airports, railway stations, roads and bridges also remain a favourite theme.
Tom has exhibited widely in group shows including the FBA Futures at the Mall Galleries, ‘Graduate’ exhibition at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre, and ATEC East in Norfolk. He had a near sell-out first solo exhibition at Gallery No.1 at Repton School in early 2018 and has a number of exhibitions planed in the summer across the UK that will feature a selection of current and newer works.
In late 2018 Tom plans to complete a number of art residencies in New Zealand in search for new subject matter. His journey will also take in visits to cities across Canada and the US as well as the islands of Fiji – befitting of his favourite subject matter; places of transit.
If you are interested in any of Tom’s artworks please contact him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colorida Galeria de Arte, (Lisbon, Portugal) August 2018
- The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery (Nottingham) TBC
- Derbyshire Open Arts 2018 Eggington, Spring Bank Holiday Sat 26th May – 3rd June 2018
- Fresh Art Fair (Cheltenham) 27th- 29th April 2018
- Gallery No.1 (Repton, Derbyshire), January- March 2018
- Atec East Exhibition (Wisbech, Norfolk), August 2015
- FBA Futures 2015 (Mall Galleries, London), January 2015
- MA Final Show 2 (Aberystwyth), September 2014
- MA Final Show 1 (Aberystwyth), May 2014
- Gas Gallery Open (Wales), December- January 2014
- HK Open Printshop Exhibition (Hong Kong) October 2013
- ‘In Transit’ solo Exhibition, (Rhayader, Wales) May 2013
- PINT Exhibition, The best of. (Burton Upon Trent/ Derby), 2012
- PINT Festival (Burton Upon Trent/ Derby), 2012
- ‘Graduate’, (Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff), 2012
- Final Year Degree Show, (Aberystwyth, Wales), 2012
- School of Art Winter Show, (Aberystwyth, Wales), 2011
- Winter Painting Exhibition (Aberystwyth, Wales), 2011
- Ticknall Art Exhibition (Ticknall, S. Derbyshire), 2011
- Here & Now Exchange (Aberystwyth, Wales & University of Arizona, Tucson, USA), 2011
- Aberystwyth Art Centre Printmaking Exhibition, (Aberystwyth, Wales), 2011
- Wharepuke Printmaking Exhibition (Wharepuke, New Zealand), 2011
- Hong Kong Exchange Printmaking Exhibition (Hong Kong), 2011
- Aberystwyth Printmakers Winter Exhibition (Aberystwyth, Wales),2010
- BSDC Final Exhibition (Burton Upon Trent), 2009
I have also sold work around the world to collectors in the United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
- BSDC Foundation Course, 2009
- Aberystwyth University School of Art (Wales), BA Hons First Class, 2012
- Aberystwyth University School of Art (Wales), MA, 2014