Tom Homewood was born in 1972. He grew up in a small hamlet in Sussex where he spent much of his childhood drawing everything and anything. In 1985 he was awarded an art scholarship to Bedes Secondary School.
Tom went on to complete a foundation course at Brighton University and a degree at Kent Institute of Art & Design where he studied illustration under Llewellyn Thomas RCA.
It was at his first exhibition in 1995 that Tom was offered a position in a UK Top 100 advertising agency. He accepted and spent the next decade illustrating and art directing for many international beauty and fashion brands including Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani and L’Oréal. When his father, Philip David Homewood, was diagnosed with a critical illness, Tom decided to leave advertising and focus more on his family and painting.
In 2006, Tom was invited to making drawings during rehearsals at The National Opera Studio in London where his friend and muse, soprano Kate Valentine was studying. In the same year he made several drawings of Sir John Tomlinson, who sat for him at his studio in Lewes.
Tom is currently represented by the Northcote Gallery, which is situated on the King’s Road in Chelsea, London. To date he has had nine solo exhibitions in London and has exhibited all over Europe and in New York. This year he will also show at the Saatchi Gallery and the Royal College of Art.
Tom places huge emphasis on drawing and his acute draftsmanship underpins everything that he makes. His subject matter, palette and approach to painting is greatly influenced by the legendary ‘working man’ painters of the early 20th century including Alfred Wallis, Kyffin Williams and L.S. Lowry.
Over the last 18 months Tom has donated several pieces that have been sold at auction for charity. The total amount raised is close to £10,000.
In 2011, Tom was appointed as the official artist for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and he was commissioned to make an original drawing of two dogs that was sold at the charity’s annual ball in November. A limited edition print of the drawing is available from the Northcote Gallery. All profits from sales will go directly to the charity.
For further information about Tom and his work, visit www.tomhomewood.com