Tom Espley NEAC (1931-2016)


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Artist Statement

Tom Espley painted mainly from life, often drawing first. He also photographed to aid memory of the subject, mostly using an instant camera. He mostly worked in oils. His usual palette was: Flake or Titanium White, Genuine Naples Yellow, (both pale and dark) Vermillion, (genuine) light red, Raw Umber, Ultramarine and Viridian. He sometimes worked in watercolour and pastel.

Biographical Details

1999 Elected a Member of the New English Art Club
1963-98 Taught Painting, Drawing and Photography, Camberwell College of Art
1957-68 Matte Artist in Special Effects, M.G.M. Studios
1964 Taught at Hornsey Art School and Central School of Art
1955-57 National Service, Royal Air Force
1951-54 Obtained a Diploma in Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art
1949-51 Studied for a National Diploma in Design, specialising in Painting at Camberwell School of Art

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

Sir Andrew Taylor Drawing Prize, Slade School of Fine Art
First Prize, ‘Spirit of London’, 1984

Past Exhibitions

2016 New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition
2002 ING Discerning Eye
1999 ‘Importance of Drawing’, Canterbury
1999 Slade Gallery (solo)
1997 Gallery, Duncan Terrace (solo)
1982 Hayward Annual, London
1977/78 ‘European Contemporary Painting’, Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
1967-77 Regularly exhibited at the RA


The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988