Tom Bartlett: Hard Brexit at blackShed gallery
Banned by some, censored by others, no subject is beyond reproach as far as Tom Bartlett’s concerned. He plays with our sensibilities with a challenging and exciting collection of collage and assemblages that go on show at the blackShed gallery near Robertsbridge.
With a show titled Hard Brexit it’s not surprising it’s going to be a controversial exhibition, but in the bucolic setting of Robertsbridge the blackShed believes that this show has the perfect backdrop to raise a few eyebrows, so enter if you dare but be prepared, Tom Bartlett does not hold much back.
Tom uses observational comment in his eclectic mix of images combined with crudely cut newspaper text suggesting hidden truths in the ordinary, but you have to make up your own mind, we’re allowed to believe what we want in this new age of the outspoken.
BlackShed curator Kenton Lowe said “Censorship is a tricky subject in the arts, most would avoid rather than censor. In this exhibition it’s fair to say that perhaps one or two pieces should have been left out, but the artist must show their work in the context intended, and some art deserves to be seen. It’s an exciting show.”
Tom lives in Hastings, but is originally from Wimbledon. He is a former illustrator and played guitar for the bands Royal Blood and House of Fix. He started his art career with the House of Fix collective alongside Luke and Paul Insect, whilst sharing a studio in London with BP Portrait Artist of the Year, James Hague.
Since then, Tom has worked abroad in Brussels, Rotterdam and Los Angeles and has worked extensively across England and Wales. His works are now being collected and are in many notable private collections attracting the attention of some well known celebrities. This will be his first solo show in the South East.
For further information contact the gallery on 01580 881247
The blackShed Gallery, Russet Farm, Robertsbridge TN32 5NG
The show runs from 3 February – 11 March
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
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