Tom is currently represented by: The Fletchergate Gallery, Nottingham Nothernmakes Gallery, Manchester The Artist Room, Dunedin
Tom Voyce is a 29 year old artist from the UK. Trained in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University School of Art 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.
Continuing to produce work influenced by travel and places, Tom is completing a number of art residencies in New Zealand in a search for new subject matter and an expansion of his artistic approach. 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.
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, shortly after showing at The Fletchergate Art Gallery in Nottingham where again Tom’s work proved to be extremely popular, the gallery continuing to possess a large collection of Tom’s work. A number of exhibitions planed in the summer across the UK and in Portugal that will feature a selection of current and newer works (see front page).
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.
2018 – The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery (Nottingham)- Current
2018 – Northern Makes Gallery (Manchester)- Current
2018 The Artist Room, Dunedin- Current
2018 Dunedin School of Art– Artist in Residence (Sept- Oct 2018)
2018 – 19 Corban Estates Art Centre– Artist in Residence (Nov 18- Jan 19)
2018 Castle Galleries Summer Exhibition, King Street, Manchester
2018 Colorida Galeria de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Derbyshire Open Arts 2018, Eggington, Derby
2018 Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham
2018 Gallery No.1 Repton, Derbyshire
2015 Atec East Exhibition, Wisbech, Norfolk
2015 FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London
2014 MA Final Show 2, Aberystwyth
2014 MA Final Show 1 Aberystwyth
2014 Gas Gallery Open, Aberystwyth
2013 HK Open Printshop Exhibition, Hong Kong
2013 ‘In Transit’ solo Exhibition, Rhayader, Wales
2012 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
2011 School of Art Winter Show, Aberystwyth, Wales
2011 Winter Painting Exhibition (Aberystwyth, Wales)
2011 Ticknall Art Exhibition (Ticknall, Derbyshire)
2011 Here & Now, Aberystwyth, & 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
2010 Aberystwyth Printmakers Winter Exhibition, Aberystwyth
2009 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.
Awards, Competitions and Media
2018 Castle art summer exhibition, Manchester
2017 Sky arts Landscape Artist of the year 2017– Winner
2018 Artist & Illustrator magazine, February & March edition
2018 Noel Coward Archive Trust Magazine, Summer edition
2015 FBA Futures exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2012 ‘Graduate’ Exhibition, Cardiff, 2012
2018-19 Corban Estate, Auckland, New Zealand, Nov 2018- Feb 2019
2018 Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand, Sept- Oct 2018
2012 Colrida de Ecologica, Andalucia, Spain (Group residency)
2017 Birmingham City University (Qualified Teacher Status)
2014 Aberystwyth University School of Art (Wales), MA, 2014
2012 Aberystwyth University School of Art (Wales), BA Hons First Class
2009 BSDC Foundation Art & Design