Paul Thomas

Apollo and Daphne 5

Apollo and Daphne V pastel and pencil 56 x 76 cm

Learning to Fly    pastel and pencil    56 x 76 cm

Learning to Fly pastel and pencil 56 x 76 cm

Since 2004 Paul Thomas has spent his time travelling between Australia and Europe. The work he has been making reflects this cultural diversity in drawings and paintings that explore shared mythologies and narratives. Having recently finished a series of drawings that dealt with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, he is now working with the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. This dramatic and inventive landscape allows him the freedom to develop new projects outside of his usual context and challenge his own position as a European artist. More works can be viewed on


1974-7 MA Painting, Royal College of Art
1970-3 BA(Hons) Painting, Winchester School of Art
1969-70 Foundation, Art & Design, Harrow School of Art


2005 Drawings to The Iliad & The Odyssey, The Drawing Gallery, London
2002 The Odyssey & The Iliad, 150 Drawings, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
2002 The Trojan War, drawings, Pierrepont Fine Art, Oxford
1992 Paul Thomas, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1988 Richmond College, London
1986 New Work, Pittville Gallery,Cheltenham
1985 Spilt Milk, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1984 Paul Thomas, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1983 Dejeuner sur l’herbe, Wolfson gallery, Oxford University
1980 Paul Thomas, Midland Group, Notingham
1979 Paul Thomas, The Gallery, Falmouth School of Art
1978 Paul Thomas, Riverside Studios, London


2007 The NAS Galleries, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2006 John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2006 154th Autumn exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2006 Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
2006 The Drawing Room, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005-6 40 Artists- 40 Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London
2005 153rd Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2005 Open Painting, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2004 Middle Head Studio, NPWS, Sydney, Australia
2004 Discerning Eye (invited artist), Mall Galleries, London
2004 Autumn Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy
2004 Drawn Together, Peter de Francia & Paul Thomas, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2003 Autumn Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy
2002 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, East Wing studios, Cheltenham; The Jerwood Space, London; MAC, Bimingham; Glasgow School of Art; EICH,Hull; The Lowry, Salford Quays
2002 Drawings, Cell Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2000 The Open Drawing Exhibition, East Wing Studios, Cheltenham; EICH, Hull; Sierre, Switzerland
1999 The Trojan War Drawings (solo), The Great Hall, The Hellenic Centre, London
1998 Books as Art, (68 drawings, artist’s book launch: The Trojan War), Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery, Cheltenham
1998 International Festival of Literature, Cheltenham
1998 Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham; EICH, Hull; Bahnhof Westend, Berlin
1997 30 years of Fine Art Fellows, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery, Axiom Centre for the Arts
1997 Histories, Four British Painters – Michael Holland, John Lancaster, Anita Taylor, Paul Thomas; Atria Art Centre, Annecy, France
1997 Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London; Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
1996 Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham
1995/6 Millennium Bestiary, (Artists Book published by UWE), Royal Festival Hall, London and international tour
1995/6 Affinities, Four British Painters, Michael Holland, John Lancaster, Anita Taylor, Paul Thomas; Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham; Kunstlerhaus, Gottingen, Germany; Islington Arts Factory, London; Congress Centre, Annecy, France
1995 Greek Echoes, Contact Gallery, Norwich
1994 Drawing Exchange Show, Cheltenham, Wimbledon, Melbourne
1994 Cheltenham International Festival of Literature, collaboration Martin Green, poet
1994 Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
1994 Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham
1994 Anderson Gallery, Broadway
1994 ArtLondon 94, BDC,London
1993 Paul Thomas – Drawings (with Anita Taylor) Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1993 Malvern Open Drawing, Malvern
1993 Robson Miller Gallery, Malvern
1992 Dowty Open, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1991 Royal Academy Summer Show, London
1988 Current Work, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
1988 Camden Arts Centre, London
1987 Cleveland International Drawing Biennale, Middlesborough Art Gallery & tour
1986 Axiom Centre for the Arts, Cheltenham
1985 Roger Francis Gallery, London
1981 Chastenet European Art Centre, London 
1981 Paul Thomas, paired Ian Stephenson, New Art Centre, London
1981 Royal Academy Summer Show, London
1981 National Portrait Gallery, London
1980 National Portrait Gallery, London
1977 Frost and Reed Gallery, Bristol
1977 Paul Thomas, McMurray Gallery, London
1976 New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh
1975 New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh


2005 The Drawing Book, Sarah Simblet, Dorling Kindersley, illustration of Achilles chases Hector
2005 The Iliad & The Odyssey, two-volume artist’s book, 150 images, text by author, Elizabeth Cook
2003 Drawing, co-author Anita Taylor, Foundation Course series, Cassell Illustrated, ISBN 1844030849, 160pp/200 illustrations; & Cassell Academic, USA (2006 republished)
2003 Apprendre le Dessin, co-author Anita Taylor, Hachette Livre/Octopus, France, ISBN 201260217-7, 144pp + 200 colour illustrations
2000 Le Monde d’Homere, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Libraire Academique, Perrin, France  ISBN 2-262-01181-8; p 94 Ajax at the Ships
1998 The Trojan War, Paul Thomas; limited edition of 50, 68 prints, accompanying texts from classical sources; introduction by Dr Oswyn Murray, Balliol College, Oxford University; Making Space Publishers, Bristol
1995 The Millenium Bestiary, limited edition artist’s book, published UWE, Bristol


2004 National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2004 NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Sydney, Australia
2004 Royal West of England Academy
2002 Oxford University
2001 University of Gloucestershire
1994 Reginald Dent Purchase Award
1988 South West Arts Award, Mural Commission, Coney Hill Hospital, Gloucester
1983 Cheltenham Group Purchase Award for Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery
1977 Imperial College Purchase Prize
1977 Burston Award (Purchase Prize)
1976 British Institute Award


2003-4 Head of Painting, University of Gloucestershire (0.79fte)
1980-2003 0.79 Senior Lecturer Painting, University of Gloucestershire (formerly C.G.C.H.E.), teaching BA (Hons), MA and PhD students.
1985 Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Central School of Art, London
1981-2 Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking, Falmouth School of Art
1978-81 Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Falmouth School of Art
1994+ Jerwood Drawing Prize (formerly Cheltenham Open Drawing),  Co-founder (academic liaison and development, panel coordinator)


2004-5 Artist-in-Residence, National Art School Sydney and NSW National Parks
1977-8 Fellowship in Fine Art,  Gloucestershire College of Art
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About the Gallery

The Padstow Studio is an artist-run space, opened in 2006 by the landscape painter Sarah Adams, whose studio occupies the second floor of the building. The gallery below exhibits Sarah’s own work and that of a circle of friends, artists who she has studied with, shown with or shared studio space with over the years.

The gallery exhibits a constantly changing selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, ceramics and works in bronze, and aims to give visitors the opportunity to engage with and follow the development of individuals who interest them.

Not everyone the gallery shows is based in Cornwall, and most of the group are also represented by well-established galleries elsewhere. For further information about individual artists, please click on their names, and follow the links to their own websites.

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James Campbell

James Campbell, 'Wind at sunset', jug

James Campbell, ‘Wind at sunset’, jug

James Campbell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1964. His ceramic pieces have been widely exhibited, and he is represented in major public collections in the UK, Australia and Japan. ‘A pot decorated with a drawing is something of a paradox. They have different terms of reference and are in different languages, and bringing them together in a way that works is an exciting challenge. I try to make the form strong enough in its own right to hold the drawing, to be muscular and even dynamic. too much movement, however, would make it an incompatible partner, so there is a balance to be struck. The drawing must not overwhelm the shape, but at the same time it must have a content of its own and be more than decoration.’

Mark Cazalet

'Christmas Woods', chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

‘Christmas Woods’, chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

Mark Cazalet is based in London and Suffolk, and works in a wide range of media from painting, drawing and printmaking, to large-scale architectural and ecclesiastical projects in stained glass and other materials. He has also produced images for several limited edition books. His paintings often reflect his experience of the city in which he lives, from the parks, cemeteries and playing fields to the canals, gas installations and flyovers of West London. His pictures are evocative and personal responses to an urban landscape that becomes almost pastoral; a promised land of quiet havens and open spaces. In contrast, towering concrete and metal structures are rendered with a dynamic, cathedral-like elegance.

Kit Surrey

Kit Surrey, 'Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David's Head, North Pembrokeshire', charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey, ‘Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David’s Head, North Pembrokeshire’, charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey is an artist and freelance theatre designer, who has worked with many major theatre companies, including the RSC, Sheffield Crucible and Bristol Old Vic. His fine art practice explores significant landscapes through drawing, particularly in places he loves to walk or climb. He has been among the prize winners at the Society of Fine and Graphic Arts a number of times.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, 'Apollo and Daphne V', pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas, ‘Apollo and Daphne V’, pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas currently divides his time between Australia and Europe, exhibiting and lecturing. The work he has been making reflects this cultural diversity in drawings and paintings that explore shared mythologies and narratives. Having recently finished a series of drawings that dealt with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, he is now working with the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. He has also published several artist’s books.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas, 'Children playing around the tree', oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas, ‘Children playing around the tree’, oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas was one of only six finalists shortlisted for this year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the most important national award for representational painting. He is a true painter’s painter, hugely respected by his peers. His home on the North Cornwall coast has dominated his work over the past 40 years, making paintings of his family, corners of the garden, surrounding fields, cliffs and the sea in all weathers and seasons, using a rigorous observational process.

Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, 'Breeze', charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor, ‘Breeze’, charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor is an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, currently Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Her work is figurative, and explores identity, emotion and narrative through tableaux and interactions which are at once highly theatrical, but also intimate and symbolic.  The recipient of many awards and prizes for painting and drawing, she has taken on increasingly demanding academic roles while still actively pursuing her own studio work.

Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen, 'The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place', collage

Alison Pullen, ‘The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place’, collage

Alison Pullen studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Alison is particularly known for her collaged interiors, from contemporary domestic settings to public spaces and stately homes, and she completed a one year residency at Osterley Park House, which remains a favorite subject.

Michael Porter

Michael Porter, 'Beside the Path 01-07-14', acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter, ‘Beside the Path 01-07-14’, acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter is a landscape painter whose work concentrates primarily on fragments of earth beneath our feet. They often incorporate many layers of paint giving the impression of looking through and into undergrowth, highlighting various aspects of nature that are so often overlooked, the odd feather, a collection of stones or fallen leaves. There is a sense of discovery in the work, objects reveal themselves slowly as one scans the surface and gradually becomes aware of the literally painted objects concealed under layers of paint.

Philip Naylor

Phil Naylor, 'Stratamatic', etching, 56 x 76 cm

Phil Naylor, ‘Stratamatic’, etching, 56 x 76 cm

Philip Naylor is Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth, Program Leader Foundation and Award Leader BA Drawing. He studied under Tim Mara as a postgraduate at Chelsea School of Art, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He makes drawings and etchings about landscape, and is particularly drawn to edgelands, reconstructing the landscape with contour lines, geological references and artifacts. ‘I look for sparse areas with ambiguities of scale, places that raise questions about spatial perception and our relationship with open spaces, reclaimed and re-lost marginal land where struggles with nature take place, rocky and reluctant landscapes, eroded areas showing their underlying histories.’

Anne Howeson
Anne Howeson, 'Different Journeys', crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson, ‘Different Journeys’, crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson studied at St Martins School of Art and the RCA, and currently lectures at the RCA. Based in London, the main focus of her work is urban, weaving historical records and images and her own experience of the city into atmospheric drawings that bring past and present together. Anne is a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner, and has exhibited widely.

Lynn Golden

Lynn Golden, 'St Just Churchyard', pastel

Lynn Golden, ‘St Just Churchyard’, pastel

Lynn Golden trained at St Albans School of Art before moving to Cornwall in 1976, where the effects of light and weather on coastal landscape became the focus for her work. Particularly known for working in pastel, she makes many of her pieces on site. Still life pieces, and larger acrylic paintings are produced in the studio. More recently, Lynn has experimented with metal leaf, egg tempera and other media on board, extending her exploration of light, form and composition.

Mo Farquharson

Mo Farquharson, 'Street 4', bronze

Mo Farquharson, ‘Street 4’, bronze

Mo Farquharson is well known for her sculptures of people, animals and birds. Beautifully observed, they have a warmth that communicates the character of her subjects in an engaging and often playful way. Context is central to her work, particularly in the figurative series where, centered around a park bench or bus stop, the attitude and preoccupation of each individual is explored. The same sympathy and attention to detail is applied to Mo’s wildlife pieces, rendered in a style that is natural and spontaneous, but always carefully considered. She generally casts her work in bronze, in small editions (of generally no more than 7 pieces) using the lost wax process. 

Rosalind Eastman

'Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs', watercolour

‘Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs’, watercolour

Rosalind Eastman studied Fine Art at Reading University, and was awarded a David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship from the Royal Academy in 1969. She met her husband, the painter Chris Thomas, when they were students at Reading, and they moved to North Cornwall a couple of years later.  Her paintings document the coastal landscape around her home, an environment she has come to know over the past 45 years.

Rachel Budd

Rachel Budd, 'Cool of the forest'

Rachel Budd, ‘Cool of the forest’, oil on canvas, 132 x 137 cm

Rachel Budd graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1986, and has won a number of awards, including the Henry Moore Prize at the London Group Show and the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Fund.  She generally works in oil on canvas. ‘My work can be seen as a diary, depicting little snippets of colour and detail which come to rest in my head. Often I am unaware of their presence until I paint. Since moving to Cornwall a year ago, my focus (both detailed and broad) is daily renewed by my surroundings. I am inspired by windy skies, ever changing light on ever changing ochre and green hills, and where the sea meets the sky.’

Kim Bentley

'Snap Happy on Constantine', embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

‘Snap Happy on Constantine’, embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

Kim Bentley co-founded the design partnership Bentley & Spens, with Sally Spens, shortly after they graduated from Goldsmiths College. Their work is represented in the V & A Museum, and they have created fabrics for many other fashion and interiors collections, including Paul Smith and Liberty. Kim’s textile pieces are now inspired by people-watching on the beach, and combine embroidery and fabric paint on a silk taffeta base. Kim is based in Padstow, and often sits in the gallery, stitching away behind the desk.

Sue Beattie

'Fien, 96 years old', bronze, 10 cm

‘Fien, 96 years old’, bronze, 10 cm

Sue Beattie is based in Assen, in Holland. Working directly from the figure, her pieces are beautifully observed and sensitive studies, initially worked in wax then cast in bronze by a lost wax process. Sue often works within a group of sculptors, regularly sharing a model and studio space. This has been a very productive working atmosphere for her, and has led to an increasingly complex and ambitious use of the figure in her work.