Tom Gillham: alT vieW poinT

Tom Gillham’s exhibition features a fresh series of paintings, all created within the last year of lockdown, made in his garden studio, during a global pandemic.

Tom says; “Seeing things from an alternative viewpoint helps to change perspective on much more than whether you like or dislike what you see in front of you.  I immensely enjoy losing myself in the mediative act of drawing with paint, it gives me both energy and a form of stillness I find difficult to achieve by other means. 

I often work on a couple of paintings, regularly turning the frame on the easel to gain a fresh perspective and or a wonderful waterfall of colour across the canvas – offering alternative viewpoints or frames for the marks I made so far. 

I don’t demand viewer ‘likes’ or request a specific hidden meaning, however I am always interested to hear what words viewers use to describe the mix of colours and shapes and if it reminds them of something particular. Perhaps a feeling or light of a place we both passed through, at a different point in time. 

Making marks intuitively reminds me about the feeling and experience of places, people and other paintings that influenced me.   Out-of-focus magnified memories from the edges of my vision, of sparkles, smells and sounds of the sun on the sea or misty sunset skies from my walks over the undulating landscapes and beautiful woods dotted around the South Downs National Park.”


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