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Tom Cardwell’s paintings explore the symbolism of objects from cultural and subcultural traditions.
In 2017 he completed his practice-based PhD in painting at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon. His thesis ‘Still life and death metal: painting the battle jacket’ employed painting practice to examine the customised jackets made by heavy metal fans.
His research interests include Dutch still life painting of the Golden Age, subcultural symbolism and expressions of personal narrative and identity in popular image traditions.
Cardwell’s article ‘Battle jackets, identity and material individuality’ was published in the journal Metal Music Studies (Intellect) 3.3 (September 2017).
Recent solo exhibitions include Bad Patch, Wimbledon Space Gallery (2017) and Faith Once More, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Lurk/Destroy at Best Practice, Artefacts at James Freeman Gallery, London (both 2015) and Fragmented Narration, Estudio Lamina, Sao Paolo (2014). From 2010-11 he was artist-in-residence at Kingsgate Workshops, London.