WONDER- Medicine Unboxed 2016

WONDER In my role as Artistic Director of Medicine Unboxed I put together an exhibition for MU2016 at the Parabola Arts Centre. The images are either sourced from Wellcome Images or from my own work. Images courtesy of Wellcome Images. WONDER We live in an age where our consumption of images has grown exponentially, but […]

Shakespeare’s Dead- Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Libraries commissioned a triptych by Oxford painter Tom de Freston for the Summer 2016 exhibition Shakespeare’s Dead. The paintings were inspired by the Dover Cliff scene in King Lear. The first imagines Poor Tom and Gloucester at the cliff-edge, swooning with vertiginous visions. The second suggests the actor alone on the stage, threatened […]

Medicine Unboxed- Parabola Arts Centre

Tom de Freston was appointed as Medicine Unboxed Artist in Residence in 2014 and will hold the post until 2016. At Medicine Unboxed 2014 (Frontiers) de Freston had a solo show of new works and also made a series of site specific paintings in response to the them of Frontiers. Outside of the paintings Tom […]

Orpheus and the Minotaur- Breese Little Gallery

Latest solo show at Breese LIttle Gallery, featuring paintings from the Orpheus and Eurydice series. Incorporating the launch of three new publications on de Freston’s work.

The Charnel House- Breese Little

Tom de Freston: The Charnel House Breese Little Gallery- 12th of November 2013-11th January 2014 They inspire in the reader/viewer the same sense of disquiet and dread and awe – because there is beauty too. It’s like you’ve both breathed in his darkness and made it your own. (Sir Anthony Sher on House of the Deaf […]

The Globe

Tom de Freston: Paintings After Shakespeare Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside,London Private View: Tuesday-5th-November,-6.30-8.30-pm Show runs:4th-November-20th-December-2013- Open:10am-5pm Extraordinarily original, immediate and totally contemporary-(Sir-Trevor-Nunn) A selection of five new large scale works produced over the last two years, which continue a fascination with theatre, literature and Shakespeare. Gustav Meyrink’s ‘The Golem’ is also a central source of inspiration. […]

Medicine Unboxed

Exhibition at Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University- Tokyo

In October 2012 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University (Tokyo) opened the first solo show of Tom de Freston’s work outside of the UK. The Museum flew Tom de Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave out to Japan to deliver a lecture to the 300 people about their ‘Scavengers’ project’. The exhibition was part […]

On Theatre

BREESE LITTLE are pleased to present a solo exhibition of four large new canvases by Tom de Freston. These works continue his exploration of core themes surrounding his investigation of tragedy. The latest paintings retain a keen interest in literary sources such as William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1590 – 1596), King Lear (1603 […]

Centre for Recent Drawing

Tom de Freston was the 2012 Hatley Resident at C4RD. This solo exhibition marks the end of his residency. “I am working on this project in collaboration with the theatre director Max Barton. This body of drawings will then be the foundation, in terms of research, imagery, narrative and ideas for a large body of […]

Solo show at Pallant House

Tom de Freston Paintings from Shakespeare Garden Gallery, Pallant House Gallery 28 February – 22 April 2012 To coincide with the exhibition ‘The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre: A Celebration’ the Garden Gallery features two paintings by the contemporary history painter Tom de Freston, whose work often explores subjects from drama and literature. The paintings […]

The Birthplace Trust- Stratford Literary Festival

At the 2012 Stratford Upon Avon Literary Festival the Birthplace Trust held a solo show of Tom de Freston’s Shakespeare paintings. As part of the festival Tom de Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave then spoke about their ‘Scavengers’ project and Kiran read from her collection of poems alongside Tom’s paintings.