An Exhibition by Tom Crittenden
Date: 17th November – 22nd December 2023
Tom Crittenden’s Suffolk Scenes
Suffolk Scenes shows a collection of original drawings, ink sketches, framed colour prints and limited prints by local artist Tom Crittenden. All artwork will be from Suffolk with a focus on Bury St Edmunds landmark’s and hidden gems.
About Tom Crittenden
I come from a family of artists. My father was an art teacher, my great grandfather was a professional artist and his father was a proliﬁc sculptor who exhibited many sculptures at the Royal Academy and British Institute.
When I left school I took a different course and did little art for the next twenty years. A few years ago I had an epiphany and started to paint and sketch. I quickly became addicted. Lockdown was a catalyst and fast forwarded my talent. I now produce ink sketches, watercolours and large acrylic canvas inspired by Suffolk. I particularly enjoy painting Bury St.Edmunds and Southwold.
All my paintings are windows opening on to places where I love to be. My artwork is inspired by colourful ﬂowers, magniﬁcent old buildings and beautiful skies. My style is nostalgic. I strip out all the noise and chaos of modern life. It is the opposite of these turbulent times. Pure frivolous escapism. I hope it lightens your soul.
As an artist I aim to produce paintings which have an emotional impact on the viewer. I enjoy playing with light and shadow and sometimes experiment with a limited palette of colours. My paintings are heavily inﬂuenced by sunsets, silhouettes and the natural world.
There has always been an artistic streak in my family. My father taught art, my great grandfather was a ﬁne artist and his father was a proliﬁc sculptor who exhibited 52 sculptures at the Royal Academy and British Institute. Throughout my life I have been interested in sketching and origami and recently I’ve started painting. I’m keen to try as many styles and techniques as possible and see where my art journey takes me.