Born in 1975 Tom Gallant went to the Southampton Institute to study Graphic Design in 1997 before doing a Fine Art Printing MA at Camberwell College in 2000. His work explores the contrast between 19th century and 21st century society, focusing on visual culture.
In 2001, Gallant held a fellowship at the RA schools and two years later took a residency at Stichting Rotterdam. A self-confessed collector, in 2004 Museum 52 held his first solo show - Collector I. Four years later, Gallant did a follow up to the exhibition called Collector V in 2008, at the same gallery.
Gallant’s designs superimpose pornographic images onto origami birds and collages in the style of a William Morris wallpaper, a representation of 19th century society to compare with the pornography that stands for the 21st century’s visual culture.
Gallant’s work is largely hand made, using paper cutting techniques from his training in Origami. A Butcher’s Dozen (2015) was made for Peace one Day and is based on 19th century botanical prints by Joseph Pierre Redoute of varieties of hybrid roses.
In 2011 he selected quotes from The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) a novella written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Collaborating with fashion designer Marios Schwab for the Crafts Council, Gallant used the quotes as introductory pieces to introduce furniture, photography and digital art.
Gallant’s 2015 exhibition, A Tree is Best Measured When it is Down, in Derbyshire, is concerned with the connections between the shared influences of Britain and Germany’s national identities. The resulting drawings show portraits of fifteen members of the Nazi party disappear into Sylvalian landscapes.
Silkscreen print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm
Lâle Devri by Tom Gallant forms part of the Turkish Tulips Portfolio which is currently available here.