British b. 1989
Tom Voyce (b. 1989) is a British painter whose subject matter comprises of a variety of different themes such as interiors and semi abstracted landscapes, often within the notion of place and transit.
The artworks consistently demonstrate an interest in the formal elements of composition: structure, perspective, shape, and light. 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.
Upcoming / Current Exhibitions
2020 – ‘The Other Art Fair’, Truman Brewery, London (8th – 11th Oct)
2020 – ‘The Affordable Art Fair’, Hampstead Heath, London (19th – 22nd Oct)
2020 ‘Otepoti and Beyond’, The Artist Room Gallery, Dunedin, NZ- (14th March – )
2020 ‘Group Show’, The Fletchergate Gallery, Nottingham (TBC )
2021 ‘In Transit- New Works’, New Court Gallery, Repton School, Derbyshire- (TBC April 2021)
2020 ‘Another Line to Follow’, School of Art, Aberystwyth- (2nd March – 13th Aug)
2019 Fully Awake 5.6, Freelands Foundation, London (5th Sept – 3rd Nov)
2018 ‘In Transit’ The Fletchergate Art Gallery Nottingham- 2018- Present
2019 ‘Open Studio’ , Corban Estate Art Centre, Auckland, NZ
2018 The Fletchergate Art Gallery Nottingham- 2018- Present
2018 The Artist Room, Dunedin, NZ- Present
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, Aberystwyth
2014 Gas Gallery Open, Aberystwyth
2013 HK Open Printshop Exhibition, Hong Kong
2013 ‘In Transit’ solo Exhibition, Rhayader, Wales
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 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
2016- 2017 Qualified Teacher Status, National Forest Teaching School, Birmingham City University
2012- 2014 MA Fine Art, Aberystwyth University School of Art, Wales, UK
2009- 2012 BA Fine Art, Aberystwyth University School of Art, Wales, UK
Awards, Competitions and Media
2019 ‘Fully Awake 5.6’ Exhibition selection, London
2019 Artist in Residence, Repton School, Derbyshire
2019 Exhibition Article, Otago Daily Times, New Zealand
2019 Artist in Residence, Corban Estate Art Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
2018 Artist in Residence/ Visiting Lecturer, Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand
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
In Transit: In search of a sense of place.
by Tom Voyce
Scope Article, Otago Polytechnic University (2019).
An essay discussing the work made, and the issues faced whislt completing an art residency at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin School of Art in 2018.
Tom Voyce - Paintings of Local and Distant Places
by Tom Voyce
Large hardcover with full-colour dust jacket featuring a years worth of study abroad, from Canada and Fiji to Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
Exclusive collection of works. First edition.
Tom Voyce (born 1989) is an artist and art teacher currently based in the United Kingdom. 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 in highier education. This also included a visit to China in 2014 where he taught life drawing and painting techniques.
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. In late 2018 Tom embarked on a body of work inspired by his favourite subject matter; places of transit. This, combined with a number of residencies, demonstrations and talks in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, all combined to provide a rich and vivid series of artworks that continue to be developed.
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 including the FBA Futures Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, ‘Graduate’ at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre, and more recently he has had sell out solo shows in the UK and New Zealand with another planned in August/ September 2019 at The Fletchergate Gallery in Nottingham. Tom is also involved in the planning of a group show in London in September 2019, and plans to show in Sydney, Australia during mid-2020 .
Tom is represented by The Fletchergate Gallery, Nottingham, Northern Makes Gallery in Manchester, and The Artist Room Gallery in Dunedin, New Zealand.