Thomas Hurley

1985

Born in Hammersmith London

Currently lives in Ashtead and works at Tate Modern & Tate Britain as a Visitor Assistant

tjhurley@hotmail.co.uk

www.tomhurleyart.com

Education

University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Campus, Master of Arts, Fine Art, 2010

University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Campus, Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, 2008

Exhibitions

2008 End of Year show, (Barcode) from the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham campus

2019 Exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate. Dorking Surrey

2016 Exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate. Dorking Surrey

2014 Exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate. Dorking. Surrey

2012 Exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate. Dorking. Surrey

2012 Community Artist's Open Studios at Wimbledon Art Studios

2011 Surrey Artist Open Studios

2009 Exhibition at The Old Peace Memorial Hall Ashtead

Group Exhibitions

2010 MADE MA Fine Art exhibition at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham

2009 Exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery Farnham

2008 Degree show at the Old Trueman Brewey, Brick Lane, London

Selected solo exhibitions

2008 Exhibition at Watts Gallery Godalming Surrey

Awards

Won painter of the year award from Windsor & Newton at my Degree Show, (2008) from the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham Campus

Artist Statement

12/03/19

I am an expressive landscape painter with emphasis on light and tone, working in oils on large and small canvasses and exploring different painting techniques. I like painting a dark ground surface colour first then adding a colour directly on top to create spontaneous results. Painting a dark ground surface colour enables capture of light, tone and shadows process.

To make my paintings expressive and atmospheric I use a variety of materials including cloths and Kitchen rolls. I am especially interested in the changes in light at the beginning and end of the day. To capture this my sketchbook and camera are vital tools and I use these contemporaneous images to inform my oils. Other painters who had light as a prime influence such as John Virtue, Peter Doig, Anselm Kiefer, J.M.W Turner and John Constable have influenced me. Watercolour painting is an important part of my practice. The colours used in the watercolour sketches are true and honest. Capturing the same experience in oils back in the studio is harder than it is in watercolours. The studio shuts you away from the landscape making it more challenging. My studio practice has consisted of a number of exhibitions since graduating at UCA with an MA and BA in Fine Art. Exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, whilst managing a day job.