The venue for Tom’s September 2018 exhibition was an old courthouse in the centre of Bodmin, mid Cornwall. He had shown there several times before. This time, however, it struck Tom as entirely appropriate that this space was once the public gallery, in a different meaning of the word, of what was once a courthouse.
Whilst unfamiliar with the official records it must be the case that death sentences were once passed there. Perhaps some hapless plaintiff was once granted a stay of execution. Tom felt at the time of this exhibition that he too had been granted a reprieve, at least for a while in his succession of treatments for his illness, prostate and secondary bone cancer, diagnosed in 2017. Though the prognosis was that he was terminally ill, he fought his illness with incredible bravery and positivity, buoyed up by his Buddhist faith. For Tom then, this exhibition was an opportunity to celebrate that he was still alive and painting but at the same time convey the wonder of that experience as well as his awareness of his mortality.
See all the paintings and installation shots here.
Tom was able to make a handsome donation to the charity Reprieve from sales in connection with this exhibition.