About

Tom Henderson Smith

Tom Henderson Smith  2 September 1949 – 8 November 2019.

Tom Henderson Smith’s approach to painting was based on a sense of design that was confirmed for him by two formative years spent in Italy after graduating in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 1971. At the same time a sensuous enjoyment of colour and paint qualities influenced by childhood years in Africa was important to him.

Cornwall brought together these personal preoccupations through its landscape, culture and over-arching quality of maritime light.  

Brief C.V. for Tom Henderson Smith

Settled in St Columb Major and founded The Lanherne Studio 2013.

Co-owned and jointly ran The Turn of the Tide Studio in St Just-in-Penwith with Gabrielle Hawkes from 1998 – 2013.

Elected to membership of the National Acrylic Painters Association in 2007.

Co-owned and jointly ran Visions and Journeys Gallery in St Just-in-Penwith with Gabrielle Hawkes from 1986 – 1993.

Taught Art in Bath, London and Cornwall from 1976 to 1999 and was head of Art at Mounts Bay School, Penzance from 1982 to 1999.

Born in Yorkshire Tom’s early education was in Huddersfield. He gained an honours degree in Fine Art at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University and on graduating in 1971 was awarded a Bunzl travel scholarship to study in Italy. He returned to the U.K. in 1973 and lived for seven years in Bath, training as a teacher at Bristol University. >>Click here to see examples of early work.

He had been a practicing Buddhist since 1983 >>Click here to read about this as an influence.

Click here for a list of solo, two person and group exhibitions

Click here for a statement about his working process

Click here to read the Wonderstreet interview from February 2016

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