Tom Ormond’s paintings carefully select idealised English landscapes and inject a sense of the surreal or fantastical into them. Nostalgia pervades many of his canvases in which the vision for a better life is articulated.
Recently, Ormond has expanded his practice to include etching, the results of which are found in Eight Horizons. The prints display the artist’s fascination with the potential and outcome of the drawing, doodling and sketching processes. In his own words, ‘Faced with myriad possibilities, each choice, decision and colour has the potential to take the doodler-sketcher-planner, and their ad hoc shelter-come-planet, to a new realm. One colour may suggest a specific medium implying particular associations, another may draw out aspects of the structure’s Heath Robinson make-up, and propel it into a certain timeframe or genre.’
The etching process takes the doodle, sketch or plan to another level. It allows for multiple and varied versions, options not so simple with the one off drawing.
The mechanical and chemical processes of etching are tangible, and allow the directness of a hand-produced line to be retained.
Tom Ormond was born in Derbyshire in 1974. He gained a BA in Fine Art at Loughborough in 1996 and an MA in fine art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2005. In 1998 he completed an internship in the curatorial departments of Film and Video, and Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Ormond’s recent shows include Gone Tomorrow, Gone Tomorrow Gallery, London, 2005; Graduate Selection, MLP Offices, London, 2005; The Law of Large Numbers, Cell Project Space, London 2005-6; Circuit Diagram, Cell Project Space, London, 2006; In the darkest hour there may be light: Works from Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2006; George Polke Invites, George Polke Gallery, London, 2006; Houses in Motion, Fieldgate Gallery, London, 2006 and Tom Ormond, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, 2008. Tom Ormond has works in the following collections: The New Art Museum, Walsall; Deutsche Bank – Works on Paper and Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection. He is represented by Alison Jacques Gallery.
The artist lives and works in London.