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Selected Awards

1981 - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Canada) Award
1983 - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Young Printmakers Award
1984 - Elizabeth Greenshields Award
1986 - Ninth International Print Biennale prizewinner
1987 - Public Arts Commission/HRH Prince of Wales Portrait Commission
1989 - Honorary Fellowship Sheffield Hallam University
1991 - Royal Society of Arts Art into Architecture Award
1993 - Skopos Professor of Fine Art Bretton Hall University College of Leeds


Selected Solo exhibitions

1981 – Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield/ Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax

1983 – Northern Arts, Newcastle

1984 – Cartwright Hall, Bradford

1989 – Agnews, London

1990 – Wakefield Art Gallery

1991 – Hart Gallery, Nottingham

1994 – Hart Gallery, London (1995, 1997, 1999)/ Leeds City Art Gallery

1997 – Dean Clough Contemporary Art Gallery,Halifax/ Huddersfield Art Gallery/ Schloss Cappenburg, Kreiss Unna

1999 – Atkinson Gallery,Street, Somerset

Tom Wood


Artist Statement

He was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika. In 1959 he moved to West Yorkshire, studied at Batley School of Art in 1975, Leeds Polytechnic in 1976, and Sheffield School of Art from 1976 to 1978. In 1979 Wood gained a Yorkshire Arts Association Award, one of many awards and prizes won. Others included Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Canada) Award in 1981, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Young Printmakers Award 1983, a second Elizabeth Greenshields Award in 1984, Ninth International Print Biennale prizewinner 1986, and Hon. Fellowship of Sheffield Polytechnic 1989.

Wood was a prolific exhibitor in group, two-man and solo shows, which included a one-man show at Lister Gallery, Bradford 1986, one-man exhibition at Dean Clough Contemporary Art Gallery, Halifax 1987, a one-man show: ‘HRH The Prince of Wales: A Portrait Commission’, at Dean Clough and Agnew 1989, and a solo exhibition at Wakefield Art Gallery 1990.

Wood’s work is both figurative and abstract. He said that recurring images are important to him, “a list of odd infatuations – St Michael, fish, branches, heads, dreaming, ladders, vessels, seeds, all with symbolic precedents.”