Tom Howse

TOM HOWSE. b.1988

Lives and works in London, UK

Installation view
Tom Howse’s paintings balance between realism and fantasy and explore what the artist describes as the dichotomy between our quest to know and our fallibility to comprehend. Explaining the mysteries of the cosmos, the earth and humanity; the theme of life and death; and the causes and meaning of natural phenomena, has bewildered humanity since ancient times. Taking it’s form in folklore and myths, Howse is  interested in how humans are drawn towards explanations found within these stories and how they are used to sooth the fear of the unknown.

In 2018 he was one of five artists to receive the John Moore’s Painting Prize and was shortlisted for the Caitlin Prize (2012) and the Prunella Clough Painting Award (2012). Recent solo exhibitions; Post- Celestial Compost, 2017, Rod Barton Gallery, London; Secondhand Toad Poems, 2017, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich. Selected group exhibitions; I Must Be Seeing Things,2019, Ratskeller Galerie, Berlin; Kaleidoscope,2019, Saatchi Gallery, London; Condo London,2019, Koppe Astner, London; John Moore’s Painting Prize, 2018, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Bat with Plants, 2019
Acrylic on Flax
200 x 150 cm
Lucy’s Big Day Out, 2019
Acrylic on Flax
220 x 350 cm
Boltzmann’s desert, 2019
Acrylic on Flax
220 x 350 cm
Split Personality, 2019
Acrylic on Flax
200 x 150 cm
Smoke in the Rain, 2019
Acrylic on Flax
190 x 170 cm
Installation view
Carl and the Coelacanth, 2019
Acrylic and past on Flax
220 x 350 cm
Hyperconscious Frog Sonnets, 2019
Acrylic on Flax
220 x 350 cm