Tom Gidley


This print is based on one of a series of works on paper made with watercolour inks. They were partly inspired by Rorschach tests, the ink allowed to flow and settle once applied. This one is of three masks, or heads. They float in space, interlinked, their extremely long noses pointing in different directions. They remind me of a speech or thought bubble. They might seem grotesque, sad, or happy. One of them is winking, or maybe squinting. Perhaps it all depends on your feelings about extremely long noses.
His paintings could be described as ‘psychological portraiture’, teetering between figuration and abstraction. Something is always held back, deleted- backgrounds blend with limbs, faces are altered or erased altogether. Gidley was born in 1968 in Birmingham where he studied at Bournville College of Art& Central Saint Martins, London. After which he co-founded Frieze art magazine. In 1995 he was included in The British Council exhibition ‘General Release’
at the Venice Biennale, and has shown internationally over the last twenty five years. More recently he has focused on painting, ceramics and writing. His first novel ‘Stunning Lofts’ was published by Metronome Press in 2005. He has recently completed a second novel. ‘Peasouper’.

Tom Gidley - Three Masks

Tom Gidley - Three Masks

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