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

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

Toby Parker Rees- Flaunt Magazine

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

Christiana Spens- The Quietus

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

James Cahill- Elephant Magazine

This deep kind of irony is one that opens up an ambiguity so complete that even the normal implication of mocking or satirising carried by irony cannot gain any firm hold.

Sam Rose- Routledge

It was like walking into a glorious guignol version of hell, a compendium of the grandest iconographers.

Dan Holloway

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

James Cahill