b. 1995, Northamptonshire, UK.
Lives and works in London.
Tom Bull makes sculptures in an absurd attempt to capture the lived experience within these dark, strange and untrustworthy times. Through the landscape of folklore, urbanisation and rituals, Bull investigates the tension and slippage between fiction and representation, violence and sensitivity, truth and mythology. With a wide range of tools and materials borrowed from architecture, model making, craft, aspirational design, preservation, farming and forestry, Bull employs a sculptural practice that confronts and manipulates traditions, time periods, lore and genre. His most recent works interrogate “country life” by challenging issues around land, loss, community, wealth, nostalgia, access, labour and violence. These sculptures are nuanced and complex, not just imitating life but working within it, for they do not seek answers to life’s ambiguities instead they highlight them as well as their resultant anxieties, playing with them as a visual medium, giving them form and presence.
Under Cover of Darkness (Solo), E-WERK, Freiburg, Germany, 2023.
Interview with Where’s The Frame? 2023.
Time Out - 12 amazing artists you must see at Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2022.
Fad Magazine, 2022
Write up of the work at Goldsmiths Degree Show, 2022.
Interview for New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, 2022,
Take The Day Out in Baskets, St Chads, London, 2022
Sublime Rage, French Place, London, 2022
2024 - Des Bains, London, UK - Forthcoming.
2023 - ‘Under Cover of Darkness’, E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany.
2019 - ‘To Whom Do You Trust with the Spare Keys’, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 - ‘Untitled’, Artvisor, London, UK.
2023 - (Duo show with Lewis Davidson), ‘Shallow Haunts’, Kupfer, London, UK.
2023 - ‘La Caverna una Casa’, General Expenses, Mexico City, Mexico.
2023 - ‘Disagreements as Domains of Nausea and Elation", Austrian Cultural Fourum, London, UK.
2023 - ‘The Other Side of Paradise’, The Bomb Factory, London, UK.
2023 - ‘Precarious’, Art Exchange, Essex University, UK.
2022 - ‘Frictions’ (Duo show with Clarissa Falco), Monti 8, Latina, Italy.
2022 - ‘New Contemporaries’, South London Gallery, UK.
2022 - ‘To Feel Your Warmth’, Warbling, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Ghost Show 2’, Copeland Gallery, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Visons in the Nunnery’, (selected by Patrick Goddard), Nunnery Gallery, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Reconstruct/Deconstruct’, OHSH Projects, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Ground works’, Studio West, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Carry the Day Out in Baskets’, (Three-person show), St Chads, London, UK.
2022 - ‘New Contemporaries’, Ferens Gallery, Hull, UK.
2022 - ‘Breaking News’, VO-Curation, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Groundwork’, Studio West, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Sublime Rage’, French Place, London, UK.
2022 - ‘Model Village’, Amersham Arms, London, UK.
2021 - ‘HDL’, Xxijra Hii, London, UK.
2021 - ‘Ghost Show’, Heartslane, London, UK.
2019 - ‘Only Lovers’, Cock Tavern, London, UK.
2018 - ‘I Give You an Onion’, Protein Studios, London, UK.
2018 - ‘Untitled’, Lever Gallery, London, UK.
2018 - ‘The Studio, TATE Switch House’, London, UK.
2017 - ‘Publish & Disseminate’, Tenderpixel, London, UK.
2017 - ‘Truth Lies’, Blitz Gallery, Valencia, Malta.
2017 - ‘Altered Realities’, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK.
2022 - Des Bains, The Others, Turin, Italy.
Public Talks & Teaching
2023 - Interview with What the Frame, London, UK.
2022 - Personal mentor for the graduate residency programme at Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
2022 - Artist Talk, Studio West, London, UK.
2022 - Artist Talk, NN Contemporary, Northampton, UK.
2018 - Graduate Teaching Associate, Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London, London, UK.
2018 - Artist Talk, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK.
Residencies & Awards
2023 - Chilgok International Transmedia Festival, Yetea Museum, Korea.
2023 - Turf Projects ‘Desire Paths’ public commission.
2023 - London Bronze Casting Fellowship.
2022 - New Contemporaries recipient.
2022 - Gilbert Bayes Grant.
2022 - Hari Graduate Art Prize, Selected by Gavin Turk, Liz Gilmore, Matthew Burrows, and Aindrea Emelife.
2020 - Thomas Scholarship, UCL.
2020 - Goldsmiths tuition fee waiver for academic excellence.
2019 - Associate Studio Programme, Two-year studio programme in collaboration with Acme Studios and CSM.
2018 - Sudgen Arts Fellowship.
2022 - MFA, Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2018 - BA (Hons), Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London.
2015 - Foundation, Fine Art, Northampton University.