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Tom
Price

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education: 
2005 - 2007 Royal College of Art; MA Design Products
2002 - 2004 London Metropolitan University; HND Furniture Design & Realisation
1993 - 1996 Bath College of Higher Education; BA Hons Fine Art: Sculpture
exhibition(s): 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
‘Counterpart’, Chatsworth House (UK)
‘Synthesis X’, The Mint Museum (USA)
‘Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1 White’, Denver Museum of Art (USA)
‘Meltdown Chair: PVC Hose’, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (USA)
‘Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1 Black’, Amore Pacific Museum of Art (South Korea)
‘Meltdown Chair: Cable Tie’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA)
‘Meltdown Chair: PVC Hose’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA)
‘Meltdown Chair: PP Sheet’, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Hamburg, Germany)
INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
2020: "Tom Price", Urs von Unger Gallery (Gstaad, Switzerland)
2019: "Tom Price: Synthesis", Victor Hunt Gallery (Brussels, Belgium)
2014: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, USA)
2013: "Balanços Meltdown", Museu da Casa Brasileira (Brazil)
2012: "Tom Price", Arario Gallery (Seoul, South Korea)
2012: "Tom Price; Meltdown", Showme Gallery, (Barcelos, Portugal)
2011: "Tom Price" Industry Gallery, (Washington DC, USA)
2009: "Tom Price", Chapter7 Concept Store, (Hangzhou, China)
2008: "Tom Price", Tent London; Truman Brewery, (London, UK)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021: "BBA Artist Prize", BBA Gallery (Berlin,Germany)
2019: National Saturday Club, Bonhams (London, UK)
2019: "Body & Soul" One Canada Square, Canary Wharf (London,UK)
2019: "Chair As An Artwork" Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga, Latvia)
2018: "Poème Brut", Design Museum Gent (Belgium)
2018: "MTV Re:Define", The Goss-Michael Foundation, (Dallas, Texas, USA)
2018: "Looking for U", Unit Gallery (London, UK)
2017: "Victor Hunt", Design Miami (USA)
2017: "Victor Hunt", Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland)
2016: "Victor Hunt", Design Miami (USA)
2015: "Victor Hunt", Design Miami/Basel (Switzerland)
2015: "Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth", Derbyshire (UK)
2014: "Victor Hunt", Design Days Dubai (UAE)
2013: "Anything, Something", Gwangju Biennale (South Korea)
2013: Industry Gallery, Design Days Dubai (UAE)
2012: "Fairytales Fantasy & Fear", The Mint Museum (Uptown) (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
2010: "Hold the Line", Gallery Seine 51 (Paris, France)
2009: Lodz International Design Biennale (Lodz, Poland)
2009: Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009 (South Korea)
2009: "UFO: Art and Design" NRW Forum, (Dusseldorf, Germany)
2008: "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary", Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA)
2008: "From Now to Eternity", Mother Biscuit Building (London, UK)
2008: "Birds, Bats & Bees", Philips de Pury (London, UK)
2007: "Designers Block" Nicholls & Clarke Buildings (London, UK)
2007: "Gradual" Brompton Design District (London, UK)
2006: "Intimacycity", Design Mai, (Berlin, Germany)
2009: "UFO Blurring the Boundaries Between Art & Design Werner Lippert / Petra Wenzel", Publisher: NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft (Dusseldorf, Germany)
PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2020: ‘Hidden River’, Keybridge House, Vauxhall (UK)
2014: ‘Vyner Tree’; Courthouse, Westminster (UK). Bronze tree & play sculptures for Barratt (London, UK)
2011: ‘Kyneburgh Tower & Wall’,Two large steel sculptural works, Kimbrose Square, Gloucester (UK)
2010: ‘Speleothem’, Bronze sculpture, Royal Terrace Gardens, Torquay (UK)
2008: ‘Metropolitan Works’, Digital painting, laser-cut into aluminium panels on building facade, Digital Manufacturing Centre, London (UK)
PUBLICATIONS
2016: "The Campaign for Art: Gifts", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Foreword by Helen Schwab and Robin Wright Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA)
2016: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 360°: Views on the Collection Editors Judy Bloch and Suzanne Stein Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA)
2012: "Taken by Surprise", Editors Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Anna Sinofzik, Publisher: Gestalten (Berlin, Germany)
2009: "Contemporary Furniture", Author: Martin Wellner and Andrea Mehlhose, Publisher: h.f. ullmann (Germany)
2009: "Desire", Author: Elizabeth Honerla, Publisher: Gestalten (Germany)
2009: "Limited Edition", Author: Sophie Lovel, Publisher: Birkhäuser (Germany)
2009: "London Design Guide 2010", Edition Author: Max Fraser Spotlight Press Ltd (London, UK)
2009: "New Talents – The State of the Arts", Author: Hans Maier-Aichen, Publisher: avedition (Ludwigsburg, Germany)
Tom
Price
opened up his studio to us. Watch the video of our visit to learn more about the artist's approach.
about: 

The artistic approach of English artist Tom Price revolves around materials and is in particular directed by innovative and experimental creative processes. The result is an intriguing contemporary sculpture that is simultaneously form and content; the artist’s works are capable of telling a story as well as enchanting the viewer with their visual and aesthetic impact. 

From design to sculpture 

Tom Price is an English artist born in London in 1973, currently living and working in Mallorca, Spain. After graduating from London's Royal College of Art in 2007, he began his career creating functional pieces that lie halfway between art and design. 

The ‘Meltdown’ series shows the manipulation of materials that has characterized Tom Price’s work since the start of his career. For this series, he uses pipes, ropes and plastic sheets to create innovative designer chairs. By pressing these materials onto a heated metal seat-shaped surface, the chairs are created through the transformation of plastic that is liquefied and then solidified. 

Over the years, Tom Price's work has evolved more and more towards sculpture, always with materials as a narrative and conceptual foundation. The link with design has not, however, been completely severed. Some sculptures can indeed be considered hybrids, and their status can change from a work of art to a functional piece or vice versa depending on the look, the intention and the actions of the observer. 

The narrative of the materials 

Tom Price experiments with a broad range of media, from natural materials such as coal and wood, to synthetic resins and polypropylene. He also works in bronze, a more "classic" sculpture material. Using complex and unconventional processes of material transformation such as heating, breaking, mixing, moulding, bending and catalysis, the contemporary sculptor seeks a result that is new and exciting, not only to himself but also to the public. 

He approaches his work like a scientist, exploring and testing through trials, observations, failures and learning. He looks for solutions to unexpected problems he encounters and, in order to overcome the limits of his own imagination, he also relies on luck, "happy accidents" that happen throughout the creative process. 

Sometimes materials themselves provide the concept and focal point of the artwork. In this case the final form will be an expression of the possibilities and limitations of the material and the processes that have been used to manipulate them. For works that are intended to express a broader narrative, it is crucial for me to select materials that are directly relevant to the concept, and that in some way augment or reinforce the story I am trying to tell." Tom Price 

An example of this approach is the choice of materials used for the "Counterpart" commission for the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth House in England: the artist used coal, a link to the coal mines owned by the family, and resin with a translucent and crystalline appearance that references the mineral collection initiated by the Duchess Georgiana in the 18th Century. The materials thus forge a close link with the contextual history in which the works are exhibited.  

An international career 

Tom Price is now recognized internationally, his work being praised and acknowledged by exhibitions in institutions and galleries all over the world. Several of his pieces have been acquired by private collections and museums in the United States, Europe and Asia, including the MOMA San Francisco and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. His work appears in numerous publications. The artist has also produced large-format site-specific commissions, such as the 12-metre bronze installation "Vyner Tree" in Westminster, London.

 

Videos:

Discover the creation process of The Presence of Absence artworks in the interview : Presence & Absence: New Works by Tom Price at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Discover more on the Counterpart commission in the video: Treasures from Chatsworth, Episode 9: Design Through the Ages from minute 3:15  on

Discover the creation process of the installation Vyner Tree : Tom Price VynerTree

Discover the formation process of fractures, fissures and voids within the Synthesis artworks: Tom Price Synthesis

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