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Tom de Freston’s body of work is a chaotic-seeming world of the grotesque and the shocking.

Christiana Spens- The Quietus

As many of de Freston’s paintings, this one shows a duet performed by four and a quartet performed by two.

Professor Lydia Goehr- essay for Routledge book

Matilda Bathurst, The Millions

Perhaps, to submit to the ripping is the most honest way to live: to enter the rupture and look death in the eye. What we see is a living hell. What we see is the world we live in.

Obsessed by images of humanity on the very edge of disintegration, Tom de Freston is audacious enough to convey our most haunted fears about a world struggling for survival in the twenty-first century.

Richard Cork

de Freston conveys the crisis of meaning integral to the reified and secularised world of latecapitalism.

Rye Holmboe

Over the last decade Tom de Freston has developed a body of work that is ambitious in its intent and courageous in its determination to tackle major themes of the tragicomedy of human existence.

Simon Martin- (Pallant House Gallery)

If de Freston’s paintings deal in illusory doubles, they also – by contrast – present instances of the dispelling of illusion, of disillusionment.

James Cahill

This is the monster we need, and Tom de Freston shows us how to use it.

Toby Parker Rees- Flaunt Magazine

De Freston's newest canvases are populated by a bizarre species of animal-human hybrids

James Cahill- Elephant Magazine

The Charnel House is a work of staggering depth and imagination and one to come back to again and again.

A review by Sean Troth

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

De Freston meshes these with visual motifs, creating uncanny and complex but rewarding works.

Anna Ferrari on Orpheus and the Minotaur

And therein lies the excitement of The Charnel House: it is a book of artistic escapology.

Poet in the City- review of The Charnel House by Aisha Farr

Something is at play amidst the comedy and the tragedy- it could almost be Romanticism.

Francesca Goodwin

All at once disturbing but riveting, de Freston’s paintings fracture and re-assemble the narratives of the modern age.

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