Deposition Catalogue

This Deposition book was published by Green Pebble to coincide with the installation of the two altarpiece paintings made by de Freston for the 500th Anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s College Chapel. The publication includes essays on de Freston’s work by Sir Nicholas Serota, The Hon. Rowan Williams, Graham Howes, Ruth Padel and Jaya Savige, plus an interview with de Freston by […]

Ekphrasis- Edited by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Ekphrasis is a collection of poems responding to the paintings of Tom de Freston. It was edited by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and includes a forward by John Mole. Fifteen poets contributed poems, including Helen Mort, Jaya Savige and Andrea Porter.


Christ’s College, Cambridge and Tablo Arts published the Reflections catalogue to coincide with the solo exhibition of Tom de Freston’s work at Christ’s College. The exhibition was the culmination of de Freston’s time at Christ’s as Levy Plumb Artist in Residence.

Exiles Guest Speaker – Lords Dubs

April 6th is the private view of the much awaited Exiles Exhibition. We have just had confirmation that Lord Dubs will be our guest speaker. “My Lords, I am delighted that we have got this far with the Bill. I hope the Commons will get a move on and pass it into law. There are […]

Exiles Exhibition Preperation

“De Freston’s images are articulated through an extensive and sensitive manipulation of the History of painterly approaches. Titian’s painting of flesh, Carravagio’s Chiaroscuro and Pollock’s expressive application are merged into a language which is clearly de Freston’s own.” Pablo de Gandia – Tablo Arts

Ekphrasis Poetry to Launch At Exiles

An inspired set of poems in response to paintings by the Contemporary History painter; Tom de Freston. Ekphrasis will be launched on the 7th of April, at Exiles Exibition at The Brick Lane Gallery, with a number of poets reading their poems. The collection is edited by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The poets include Jaya Savige, Helen […]

Exiles at the Brick Lane Gallery

The ‘Exiles’ exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery explored one key tenet in de Freston’s practice: all of de Freston’s characters are exiles; none belongs to the world they now live in. For the full expose on the exhibition read information at tablo arts: Tablo Arts presents – ‘Exiles’ Recent works by Tom de Freston – […]

Tablo Arts Presents Exiles

“‘Exiles’ exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery aims to explore one key tenet in de Freston’s practice: all of de Freston’s characters are exiles; none belongs to the world they now live in.” Tablo Arts For the full expose on the exhibition read our Exiles Brochure and Press release: Read Exiles Brochure – follow link […]

HRL Contemporary- Corpus

Corpus was an extensive and existing group show produced by HRL Contemporary. Tom de Freston was one of two painters to occupy the central space, as well as occupying three other subsiduary rooms in the old chapel. The show brought together an extensive range of figurative art, all housed in ‘The Old Chapel- St. Johns […]

Napoleon’s shadow- Fourth plinth

From 2-3am on the 24th of June Tom de Freston took part in the One and Other Fourth Plinth project. Dressed in boxers, socks and a paper crown, he arrived armed with a wooden sword, water pistol and a megaphone. He interviewed his alter ego for the Varsity newspaper…(full interview)

A Brief History of Heroism

Housed in a gallery on a train station platform, this exhibition looked to take a journey through aspects of masculinity and Heroism, tapping into art Historical sources to present Contemporary History Paintings. The small scale of the space added a new layer of absurdity to the grand scaled images.

The Dying Animal

The Dying Animal was a group exhibition where six artsits took Phillip Roth’s book ‘The dying animal’ as a starting point for a week of creation. Varsity said: “De Freston’s monoprints are restrained responses to the theme. The murky clouds of ink half-conceal couples engaged in sexual contortions borrowed from the Kama Sutra . The mottled […]