On Falling

Curated by Breese Little Tom de Freston solo show: Monday 19th September – Sunday 9th October 2011, 20 Clerkenwell Green, Islington, London “De Freston’s paintings are confirmation that contemporary art is still able to offer a new and engaging reflection on themes that have fascinated artists for centuries.”  Sir Nicholas Serota, March 2011   Obsessed by […]

Scavengers- Paintings and poems in response to Shakespeare

On the 9th of September Tom de Freston will unveil a new collection of paintings and poems in response to the plays of Shakespeare at the Cambridge Shakespeare conference. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication, ‘Scavengers’, with twenty paintings and poems and essays on the work by Sir Trevor Nunn and Dr. […]

Christ’s College Chapel

Easter Sunday (the 24th April) 2011 was a special occasion for Christ’s College Chapel as it marked the 500th Anniversary of Chapel’s consecration and a special unveiling of a new altar reredos, Deposition, by Tom de Freston. “Together and separately, the two panels for Christ’s College Chapel will pose important questions for us all to […]

Nine Days they Fell- University Library

Milton’s epic Paradise Lost is the inspiration for a series of works by artist Tom de Freston, on display at Cambridge University Library from Friday, 4 February until 5 June 2011. Paradise Lost, first published by Milton in 1667 in ten books with more than ten thousand individual lines of verse. The exhibition also marks […]

The Fall of the Rebel Angels- Michaelhouse Chancel

This special exhibition saw Tom de Freston’s large scale paintings situated in the wonderful interior of Michaelhouse Chancel, Cambridge. The exhibition was marked by the annual epiphany service, where Tom and the Chaplain both gave talks on the relevance of the paintings to the spiritual context of the architectural setting and their relevance to Milton’s […]

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 – […]

Fallen With Him – St. Peters Church, Kettles Yard

This exhibition is housed within the wonderful setting of St. Peteres Church. Alongside the solo show is a production of Dr. Faustus by ‘The Movement’, with Ben Blyth and Toby Parker Rees in the lead roles. The show borrows from the tragic comic thematics and style of de Freston’s work. The show was given rave […]

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.


Reflections was an exhibition produced by Tablo Arts and curated by Pablo de Gandia. The exhibition was held at multipl venues throughout Christ’s College to mark the end of Tom de Freston’s time as Levy PLumb Artist in Residence. The exhibition included the publication of an exhibition catalogue, published jointly by Tablo Arts and Christ’s […]


This exhibition is set within the wonderful architecture of Christ’s College Chapel, with Caro’s ‘Deposition’ for company. Curated by Pablo de Gandia and Natalia de Orellana, it looks to pull the various threds of spirituality in de Freston’s work together. With evensong precedding the private view, the sheer intimate power of the Chapels interior and the impact […]

A Brief History of History Painting

This exhibition, curated by Dusanka Marsenic and Rob Luck, does not look to tie de Freston’s work down to a singular creative vision or painterly type. Instead it embraces diversity, with a firm belief that the works will strike up conversations between themselves, which will be more insightful and accurate than any imposed synopsis.

Between somewhere and nowhere

“Tucked amongst the busts and reclining classical figures in the Sidgwick Museum of Classical Archaeology lies an exhibition of Tom de Freston’s extensive work. De Freston has been awarded the 2008-2009 Christ’s College Levy Plumb visual arts scholarship, and is not only talented but extraordinarily prolific. From scraps of paper and backs of envelopes in […]

Swimmer of Lethe

“Where is the borderline between abstract and figurative? In the artist’s intention or the viewer’s perception? Or can the distinction be made in terms of objective features of the finished work?   The questions are raised by Tom de Freston’s 2D work from the last nine months, a generous selection of over a hundred of […]