Close ups from OE and Poor Tom paintings

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 […]

Battersea Arts Centre- Artist’s Bedroom Commission

Battersea Arts Centre – A Nation's Theatre – Tom de Freston Bedroom Commission from Unmarked Films on Vimeo.

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 Orpheus and Eurydice project developed by Tom de Freston, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Max Barton and Mark Jones. 

Poor Tom- Bodleian Library.

As part of the exhibition Tom de Freston was commissioned to paint a triptych of paintings representing the famous Dover Cliff scene in King Lear. 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 scene exists on the verge […]

Macbeth Macbeth- Bloomsbury

A new novel published by Bloomsbury and critical remaining by professor Ewan Fernie and Professor Simon Palfrey with stunning new images by Tom de Freston. Macbeth Macbeth – Book Trailer from Unmarked Films on Vimeo. “The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams […]

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  

A Fool’s World

These paintings aren’t a sealed door, they are the open gates to the Acropolis. You just have to take a change of clothes and go on a journey for gold. You could grow fat on their ornamented innards.


When did we skip from January to June? Have the austerity cuts got so bad that they took February, March, April and May from us? I have written less on the website then ever before, mainly because more has been happening than ever before. I thought it worth trying to condense it all into one post. […]

Poor Tom

Some compositional possibilities for the Poor Tom paintings: playing with Golden Rectangles.

Poor Tom

Some early studies for the Poor Tom series that I am working on as part of my Creative Fellowship at Birmingham University. Trigger warning: in regards to some of the images below.

The Journal Of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

one enters a danger zone—a prison-yard of meaning

New space

I am working on some new paintings which are looking to develop a new kind of space in my practice. These images are some of the things I am having in the back of my mind as I start to collage together material.

Orpheus photos- a boat, a tree, sunflowers, a pig and a dog.

Tonight is the opening of Kiran’s debut play, BOAT, produced by PIGDOG (Max Barton and Shawn Soh). Having read the script and seen snippets of the rehearsals, I am certain it is going to be something quite special, with a mixture innovative design, poetic and magical scripting, distorted soundscapes, brilliant versatile acting and expressive direction. One […]

OE drawings

Working away on chapter seven on the OE graphic novel. Here some drawings which will be incorporated into three of the frames.