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Delectus Arts

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tom henderson smith

An adopted Cornishman, Tom grew up mostly in Yorkshire and was educated there and at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University (BA Hons. Fine Art 1971).

Two years in Italy, initially on a Bunzl Scholarship were followed by seven living in Bath, training as a teacher in Bristol and starting out teaching art in London.

Moving to Cornwall in 1980 he worked as head of art at Mounts Bay School until the opportunity to relaunch his painting career came in 1999.
Able to take up painting again he found that, in West Cornwall, he was living in exactly the right place to do so because it's an area whose landscape and culture are second to none n the UK.


Recent shows of his paintings and charcoal drawings have explored what he calls the ocean light of West Cornwall and, more recently, it's lived-in landscape. Examples are shown here and there's a lot more on his website

He held exhibiitions in Florence, Newcastle, Bath, Bristol, Plymouth and Penzance from
1972 to 1984
Recent exhibitions include:
Mariner's Gallery St Ives - July 2001 - A Peninsula Suite
Mariner's Gallery St Ives - October 2003 - Valleys and Horizons
Mariner's Gallery St Ives - April 2006 - Shaping a Vision of Cornwall part 1
Bodmin Shire Hall - May 2006 - Shaping a Vision of Cornwall part 2
Spring and Steele Galleries, Falmouth Arts Centre. - October 2008 – In the Ocean Light
Chapel Row Gallery, Bath – April 2010 – Lived-in Landscapes
Hobbies include: Invigorating walks with his lively border collie "Rags."
Interests: he's been a practicing (SGI) Buddhist since 1983.
The studio that he shares with fellow artist Gabrielle Hawkes in St Just-in-Penwith is open
to the public - details on his website