OE- Bloomsbury

OE is a graphic poetic retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice by Tom de Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, published by Bloomsbury. It is part of a wider multimedia retelling. “Amazing. This radical, romantic, questing hybrid reinvention of Orpheus and Eurydice is really special…I love it.” Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers “There […]

Poor Tom- Bodleian Library.

As part of the exhibition I was commissioned to paint a triptych of paintings representing the Dover Cliff scene in King Lear, where Edgar, in the guise of Poor Tom, takes his suicidal father to the edge of an imaginary cliff, from which the old man jumps. The Bodleian Library published a book of postcards to […]

A Fool’s World

A Fool’s World- by Tom de Freston and Helen Ivory, published by Gatehouse Press Winner of 2016 Saboteur Award for best Collaboration

Figuring out Figurative art

So happy to be a part of this book, especially as they have very kindly used my painting for the cover and the introduction essay. It is a collection of essays by leading contemporary philosophers writing on contemporary artists. Two of the essays are on my work- one by Lydia Goehr and Sam Rose

The Charnel House

The Charnel House is a poetic graphic novel by Tom de Freston in collaboration with 37 leading contemporary poets. Abegail Morley. Agnes Davis. Alan Buckley. Alicia Stubbersfield. Andrea Porter. Andrew McMillan. Ben Wilkinson. Claire Trévien. Daisy Johnson. Dan Holloway. Dan O’Brien. Declan Ryan. Fady Joudah. George Szirtes. Helen Ivory. Helen Mort. Jacob Polley. Jenny Lewis. […]

House of the Deaf Man

A book of drawings (Tom de Freston) and poems (Andrea Porter) responding to Goya’s time in the Quinta del Sordo published by Gatehouse Press.


Scavengers is a collection of twenty poems and paintings by the poet Kiran Millwood Hargrave and the painter Tom de Freston. The works respond in different degrees, to the plays of Shakespeare.

On Falling

“On Falling” is an exhibition catalogue published by Breese Little for the solo show of Tom de Freston’s work at Frameless Gallery in 2011. It includes an essays on Tom’s work by Richard Cork and Rye Holmboe.

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.