A Fool’s World- Sabotage Reviews/Saboteur Award Winner

Delighted to announce that ‘A Fool’s World’ (by Tom de Freston and Helen Ivory- published by Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Award for best collaboration. Below is a review by Grant Tabard that appeared on Sabotage Reviews.   It can be arduous to write in the confines of a 1,000 word review. Sometimes you don’t […]

The Journal Of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

The Journal Of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, a review of Figuring Out Figurative Art: Contemporary Philosophers on contemporary paintings. The collection of essays Figuring Out Figurative Art is based on an unusual and charming conceit: philosophers were invited to write about a work of art chosen from a portfolio of contemporary figurative paintings and drawings. They […]

Expressing something honest and modern about how simultaneously blurred and clear the truth of a story is to us

Aisha Farr reviews OE in Trebuchet

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

Anna Ferrari on Orpheus and the Minotaur

It’s a deep, dark, emotional collection. Ultimately, The Charnel House is a work of great depth and imagination.

A review by R. J. Dent of The Charnel House

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

The Charnel House is a spectacular painterly journey through a character attempting to find himself through the horrors of his own soul.

Pablo de Orellana in Strife Journal

It’s so intense, so dark, so emotional, surreal, yet deeply internal, even personal.

Sabotage reviews- Hayden Westfield-Bell

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)

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.


Eventually I want them to care for the character

Pablo de Orellana interviews Tom de Freston

Strangely like viewing a set of dystopian cave paintings

Time Out

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