Tom Walker PS
BA Graphics/Illustration 1976-79 and ATC 1982 at Brighton Poly
1982-93 Head of Art at Northease Manor School for dyslexic children, Nr. Lewes.
1993 onwards, self-employed artist, designer, calligrapher, sign-writer and picture-framer
First exhibition – pastel works - Bredons Book Shop,Brighton 1967
1969 – 1975 lived and worked in Florence and Asolo, Italy. One man shows there in 1971, 73 and 75.
1972 – with others at Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex University.
One-man shows include:
Star (now Hop) Gallery, Lewes: 1990, 94 with Julian Bell, 96, 98, 2001,04,05,06,07 and 08;
Var Galleria, Veszprem, Hungary 1995;
St. Marylebone Crypt, London 1995, 96 and 97;
Edington Festival 1998, 99 and 2000;
Kingston Parish Church 2001.
Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater, IOW, with Julian Bell 2010
Pelham House, Lewes 2010
Pastel showcase Foundry Gallery, Lewes 2011 with Peter Vincent PS, Marco Crivello and 10 of my students plus 90 children from Southover Primary School making pastel murals.
Private commissions include murals, decorated furniture and music-related images.
Corporate: 6 panels for Wren Associates at Lloyds of London 1995
3 calligraphic ‘visualisations’ of poetry by Jackie Wills for Lever-Faberge, Kingston-on-Thames 2002.
Design for 5 embroidered panels, 2011, to commemorate 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes
Stage work includes projected illustrations, set and lighting for ‘Purgations’ by poet Mark Hewitt with music by Peter Copley
2012 designed, illustrated and wrote The Stile Book, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Monday Group, East Sussex voluntary rights-of-way workers, stile, bridge and causeway builders.
THE MYSTIC IMAGE (1986-1990)
51 pastel triptychs inspired by L’Orgue Mystique, by French composer, Charles Tournemire (1870-1939),
exhibited in numerous churches and cathedrals in the UK, France, Holland, Germany and in 1990 the completed cycle in
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and in two churches in Minneapolis USA. Gave talk on Radio 3. Many of these images
reproduced on CDs. All images now in private collections.
SNOOKER IN THE FRAME (2005-2009)
147 humorous pastel images tangentially related to snooker, frequently televised by the BBC (see my website) at the
major snooker tournaments. Works created on site: 2007 UK Championship, Telford, 2008 and 2009 World Championships,
Sheffield. Complete series exhibited Sheffield Wintergarden April/May 2009. Last exhibition at Trinity Photography Gallery,
Salisbury opened by Steve Davis OBE who owns 5. Others in private collections across the world. 40 donated to charities.
'I’m an improviser at heart, fascinated by the unpredictable. My enthusiasms and obsessions have taken me on journeys of discovery from precise representation to wild abstraction. I believe in craft and technical skill as much as in the power of imagination, spontaneity and the element of surprise. I have worked in most 2D media including pastel since my school days and exclusively in pastel for the last 20 years. It’s the ideal medium for me, flexible, versatile, forgiving and fast. I teach regular pastel classes and day workshops at my Cooksbridge studio and love that almost as much as making pictures'.
Ferndale, Cooksbridge, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4SL.