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Viva Lafrowda benefit auction

At the time of writing (in September 2010) Tom had just finished his Lafrowda painting. Inspired by the St Just festival in 2009 which culminated on the final Saturday with the Viva Lafrowda processions. The  painting was again for him a celebration of this brilliant local community.

The Latin theme that year led to the appearance of several giant sombrero’s in the parades. A huge Mexican skull puppet towered over the foreground revellers with their patchwork of coloured hats, flags, banners and costumes, a figure that rivalled the houses themselves in scale. In the spirit of the well know Mexican Day of the Dead this was a figure of jollity. As puts it:  “……….for Mexicans who believe in the life/death/rebirth continuum, it’s all very natural. This is not to say that they treat death lightly. They don’t. It’s just that they recognize it, mock it, even defy it. Death is part of life and, as such, it’s representative of the Mexican spirit and tradition which says: “Don’t take anything lying down – even death!”.

Tom reflected: ‘Maybe we can use something of that defiant and carefree approach to lighten-up our lives!’

This painting was exhibited at The Broadway Gallery, New York in May 2011. Tom was very proud to ‘fly the flag for Penwith and Cornwall.’

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On Lived-in Landscapes from Cornwall in Bath, Easter 2010

What was so good about his Bath showing of Lived-in Landscapes at The Chapel Row Gallery was that transplanting these images out of their usual Cornish context highlighted for Tom their underlying content; in other words that these paintings were  not just about living in Cornwall but about the broader issue of how people interact with landscape.

The Chapel Row Gallery was an excellent venue to bring out this aspect. It’s ambience was reminiscent of that ocean light that was the theme of Tom’s  previous show in Falmouth. As such it was sympathetic to the Cornishness of these new pictures while enabling them to “breathe” and so communicate something of the influence of that human presence that is their real theme.

Tom noted: ‘A big thank you to Gabrielle Hawkes who helped bring out this underlying theme in her introduction to the catalogue that you can read by clicking here. ‘