Thomas Parkhouse

Having graduated from The Slade in 2017, Parkhouse was awarded both the Anthony Dawson Print Prize and the Max Werner Drawing Prize and has continued printing at Artichoke studios in Brixton, while working on plates in his bedroom.

“I'm attracted to the slow pace of making and the multiple sensory experiences involved in working a copper plate; the smell of the acid, smoking the ground, hot metal. I think the physicality involved helps to create something much more layered and sculptural than initial drawings or ideas; there are always more questions posed. “

Much of the artist’s subject matter is inspired by books and poems, using his own illustrations of text as a starting point. The slow process then allows these ideas to stretch and change until the illustration itself is no longer central.

 Parkhouse thinks a lot about scale and enjoys working on plates that can fit in his pocket.