The starting point for Tom Farthing’s paintings are found (mainly American) Kodachrome slides, he then re-imagines the human figure in a contemporary context.
The paintings are a response to the past and are concerned with imagining possible narratives and alternative realities for today. In a broader sense Tom’s portraits are about identity and in doing so he is holding a mirror to society. Tom says “My work is engaged with painting's past at the same time as imagining a way forward for painting amongst the fast paced image saturated contemporary world."
Tom Farthing gained his MA in 2013 from Chelsea College of Art, and his BA in 2005 from theRuskin School, Oxford University.
Recent exhibitions include: Pentimenti at Maybe a Vole Gallery, London 2014; The End is Where We Start From, Slate Projects, London 2014; S.I.T.E CCW Alumni Show, Chelsea College of Art 2013; Sunday Salon at Oakley Road Project Space, which he co curated; Westall/Sorrell in association with FAD Contemporary; Strarta Art Fair, and The Saatchi Gallery, London 2013.
Tom Farthing was born in Boston, MA, USA (1982) and shortly afterwards his family moved back to the UK. His lives and works in London.