Tom Cartmill – New Print Edition for The London Original Print Fair

Tom Cartmill was winner of the SKETCH 2017, Rabley Print Edition Prize and we are delighted to present his new publication ‘A Fragment’ at the London Original Print fair. This work is the culmination of the project that has enabled him to translate his beautiful drawing into an intaglio print.

Tom Cartmill, A Fragment 2018, Intaglio, 46.5 x 57.5 cm, Edition of 25, £325

The ‘Fragment Series’, with clear connotations of remnants, remains, what has been left, references the fact that by its nature our memories, our understanding of people, places, concepts are far from complete. However much we toil in our understanding, or how adeptly we master skills, we do not achieve completeness. The nature of working as an artist is necessarily a searching, a piecing together, a process of discovery from uncertain territory. Notions that Cartmill finds ‘encapsulated in a fragment’. “I often have in mind TS Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ where in East Coker he dwells on the nature of creativity as an endless working towards recovering ‘what has been lost'”.

We are offering Tom’s print at a special pre-publication price of £325 before and during the London Original Print Fair. After this it will be £375.

The SKETCH 2017 Rabley Print Edition Prize

Through winning the Rabley Print Editioning Prize, Tom had the opportunity to work with master printmaker AJ Blackhall at the Rabley Print Studio to create a print edition of one of his intricate drawings. Armed with a selection of drawings Tom was guided through the process of creating prints and editioning them, something entirely new to him.

Tom Cartmill talks about his experience

“I was delighted to win the coveted Rabley Editioning Prize for the work in my sketchbooks selected for Sketch 2017 at Rabley Gallery. The main focus in my practice for many years has been drawing, so to gain such recognition from a highly regarded gallery, where drawing takes precedence, I see as an exciting affirmation of my practice.

I have found the process exciting and invigorating. It is exceedingly rare in my studio-based practice, that I collaborate with other people when developing work, so it has been a pleasure to be stretched in a new way: I have been in regular contact and consultation with Meryl Ainslie, the Director of Rabley Gallery and working with Amy-Jane Blackhall, whose reputation as one of the UK’s foremost printmakers is well-known. It has been a real pleasure to work with people who have such expertise.

Technically, I have also been challenged and stretched in new directions, which I have found to be both complimentary and enriching to my work. I have developed an intaglio print for editioning, using processes entirely new to me. It has been immensely satisfying exploring the possibilities provided by new methods of working and learning to use drawing materials that behave in a way unfamiliar to me. I can unhesitatingly say that my practice has been well and truly extended as a result of this project.

The winning of the Rabley Editioning Prize has certainly added so much to my practice and I am very much looking forward to seeing the work displayed at the London Original Print Fair on the Rabley Contemporary Gallery stand. It is also a unique opportunity for me career-wise to have the exposure that will come from the launch of my edition at such a renowned international art fair. I am extremely grateful to Meryl Ainsley for awarding me this prize.”

Tom Cartmill 2017

Tom Cartmill – Statement, Selected Exhibitions, Collections and Publications.

“Over many years, I have spent a great deal of time looking closely at the quality of surface of early renaissance and old master paintings, at the tell-tale marks, scratches, distortions, beyond the merely pictorial, that only come with the passing of time. My work has also been informed by my years spent living in Sicily and Southern Spain, where I developed an interest in the Moorish heritage and a passion for Islamic ceramics.”

Selected Exhibitions: 2018 – Patrons and Donors, Sir John Madejski Gallery, Reading Museum, Reading, UK; Drawn, No Format Gallery, London; 2017 – National Open Art Competition, Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London; Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London; ArtGemini Prize, Asia House, London; SKETCH 2017, Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough; Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; 2016 – Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London; 164 RWA Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Selected Collections: Reading Museum, Reading; New College Chapel, Oxford. Selected Prizes/Awards: SKETCH 2017 – Rabley Print Editioning Prize; 1999 Art Bursary, Cherwell District Council, to study print making at Oxford Printmakers Cooperative. Selected publications: International Drawing Annual 12, Manifest Drawing Centre, USA (to be published mid 2018).

will be at STAND 24

LOPF, Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Thursday 3 May 10am – 9pm
Friday 4 May 10am – 8pm
Saturday 5 May 10am – 6pm
Sunday 6 May 10am – 6pm

more info and booking


Enquire about work by Tom Cartmill and/or visiting the London Original Print Fair –  Email. or Tel. +44(0)1672 511999

View all artists and new publications with Rabley Gallery at the London Original Print Fair 3-6 May 2018 –  Click to View


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