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The Ordinalia & the Plen an Gwarry painting

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(click on the thumbnail for a much clearer view)

This painting was based on the second in the cycle of Cornish Miracle plays from the fifteenth century known as The Ordinalia. It was performed in the Plen-an-Gwary, ( playing place ) in the centre of St. Just-in-Penwith in August / September 2001 by The Ordinalia Company, made up of the people of St. Just and the surrounding area (and a core production team of professional theatre practitioners). The third play in the cycle, The Resurrection, was later presented in August 2002 and THE FULL CYCLE in August 2004.   

In the spring of 2007 the Ordinalia’s much loved director Dominic Knutton tragically died and there was an appeal for funds  to purchase the hut adjoining the Plen, which was used as a vital backstage area for the productions. The sale of Tom’s painting, along with funds raised by the community helped to bring this about.  The splendidly rebuilt and refurbished hut was renamed The Knut in memory of Dominic. It remains a much valued and well-used community and cultural centre for the people of St Just.    

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Adding a comment

Your comments were always welcome to Tom and we would like to continue this tradition, as we are always interested to know how you respond to his work and have faith that his paintings will continue to interest and inspire for years to come.  This is how to add a comment. Simply hover the mouse arrow over either the title of a “post” at the top or over the words “no comments” (if there aren’t yet any) or the word “comments” (if there are). The arrow in each case turns into a pointing hand showing you can click to go further. This brings you to a page where you can add your comment under what is  written and then submit it. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Tom’s folded valley pieces

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In 2007 Tom wrote: ‘You may have noticed that among my recent pieces are some that use piano hinges to join two canvases together. These valley pictures are literally folded landscapes, the latest in a genre that I developed around 2003 when I was working towards a show called Valleys and Horizons at the Mariners Gallery in St Ives. Why folded? Two reasons really – it all began with quite a large screen made up of several canvases that I intended to be free standing (I’ve long been an admirer of the so called “Golden screens” of Japan). Then I discovered that the shallow space created by the angle between the canvases somehow gave a boost to the painted space of the picture and that this worked best when the image was one of enclosed landscape space as in a valley. This valley image then became the raison d’etre for using this genre and I started making smaller ones that were designed to either hang on a wall or be free standing on a table or shelf. The new ones that use piano hinges are just the latest generation of such works. An example of these earlier two part images is Cot valley folded diptych. ‘

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Starting out blogging

me.jpg Tom was very pleased with what was in 2007 a new feature of his website, the weblog or blog for short. He wrote: ‘It’s an area where I hope to interact with visitors to the site rather as I would with visitors to my studio’ .  Although Tom is no longer here,  we aim to continue the tradition and will do our best to answer any questions and respond to your comments.  It will be good to know that Tom’ work lives on  and continues to inspire and interest you.