Artist & Winner of
Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2018

Originally from Birmingham, Tom Downs is an artist living and working in London, who graduated in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art: Painting, from Wimbledon College of art. He was the winner of the 2018 Jackson's Open Painting Prize with his piece 'frontier'.

This year he also exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize, had work shown in Germany as part of Sluice Exchange: Berlin, and been included in group shows in London, Swansea and Derby. 

His paintings are currently held in private collections in the UK and the USA.

More about Tom Down

wayfarer, 2018 Tom Down Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm

wayfarer, 2018
Tom Down
Oil on linen, 25 x 20 cm

Clare: What, if anything, has changed the most dramatically in your practice since your win?

Tom: My painting style has been progressively getting ‘looser’ over the last year or so. I’m trying to enjoy the process and the mark making more, experimenting with different surfaces to work on. I’ve also been trying to work with quite a restricted palette to simplify the process.

Clare: What will you be looking for in the entries submitted in the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize 2019?

Tom: Originality, technical skill and contemporary relevance.

Clare: Do you have any advice for any artists considering entering our competition?

Tom: Don’t overthink it! Just choose your best current piece of work and submit.

Read the rest of Tom's Interview on our Blog