Interview with Tom Cox

“Art is the remedy for a city where everything is results driven and crazy busy”.

What was your journey to becoming an artist?

I was born and raised in Herne Hill, South London and have lived here most of my life. I’m 28 years old and have been working full-time as an artist for the last 3.5 years, as well as organising group exhibitions across the capital.

Which is your favourite piece of work at the moment and why?

I can’t say which piece is a favourite. Most likely whichever painting I am working on in that moment!

What does your work aim to say?

I aim to capture my immediate environment as I experience it, this happens to be predominantly London, but I have also worked and painted in Sao Paulo and Marrakech. I observe humanity in its ever evolving urban environment.

What does a day in the life of an artist look like?

A day in the life is jumping on the train in Palace and heading to my Waterloo studio, putting some tunes on my sound system and cracking on with building canvases, painting, hitting the streets for new source imagery, sketching outdoors, and then a tonne of admin… you’d be surprised how much!

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

I work with ink and sketch directly onto canvas from life, then take photographs as a colour reference as I paint with oils back in my studio.

Who / what inspires you?

Life inspires me, people inspire me, possibility inspires me. Architecture. Impressionism. Process.

Why do you love what you do?

I love it because it is entirely my own, I have full charge of the direction I am steering my career in, which can sometimes be tricky! And I love when collectors are so moved by my paintings. It is an honour.

Can you tell us why you think art within the local community is important?

I think art is important because it is a release for people, a place for them to ponder, to express themselves and to grow. Its purpose isn’t to have a definitive purpose. It is the remedy for a city where everything is results driven and crazy busy.

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