Tom Inglis Hall

Artist Biography and Selected CV


Tom Hall is an artist working out of the US city of Tallahassee, Florida, where he recently moved to from New York State, and before that England. Hall graduated from the Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 with a degree in sculpture and subsequently completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in 1998.

His work has been exhibited in national and international shows since 1994, including exhibitions at the 57thVenice Biennale, Dowd Gallery and Schweinfurth Art Centre in New York, Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, Les Tombées de la Nuit arts festival in Rennes, France, Crawford School of Art in Cork Republic of Ireland and commissions for Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival, artSOUTH and first prize in 2017 Made In New York juried show.


Tom’s work is often big and theatrical; heavenly encrusted golden boy-racers or full reconstructions of imagined historic spaces, oversized gilded guns and childhood airplanes.  They are immediately engaging, involving you through scale and production, as materials are transformed the work transports you into other worlds.  However there is something disturbing underneath. Most work balances between the uncertainties of the future and history. The latter being the mirror for the former. There appears to be exuberance on the surface however the uncertainties of how to move forward inevitably emerge. Since drifting ‘West’ much of his practice has focused on migration and the movement of peoples. Hall has take on the role of frontiersman, exploring the myths of the cowboy, the American dream and its contemporary consequences. More lately he has looked at the political concern of the migrant ‘other’ and has begun to identify as an immigrant to align himself with this group and to provoke reaction in others.



Education And Qualifications

2007 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, PGCE UCCA
1996–98 Sculpture MA Royal College of Art, London
1991–94 BA (Hons) Sculpture First Class Wimbledon School of Art
1990–91 Arts Foundation Brighton Polytechnic



Solo Exhibitions

2018 Becoming Invisible Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Museum, Utica, NY
A one off interaction with the Museum collection drawing personal stories of adoption together with historic photographs of cloaked anonymous women with their children. Sponsored through the New York State Council on the Arts.
2018 The Accidental Immigrant Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
An instillation through objects, drawing and film exploration of the immigrant, family and the odd experience of being the outsider in an attempt to gain empathy with a marginalized group. Sponsored through the New York State Council on the Arts.
2018  Silent Disco Down Gallery, SUNY Cortland, NY
Silent Discos is a series of works that reflects onto the world the metaphor of the empty dance floor. The artist Tom Hall has presented objects that he connects to culturally, but with ideals that disappoint him under scrutiny.
2016  It Could Be Paradise But It’s Only California 914Works, 914 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tom Hall has taken on the role of frontiersman to immerse himself into a new wild world. He points to the false romantic past propagated by Roosevelt takes a fresh look at the American myth.
2015 The Fall of Disco Mickey Stone Quarry Art Park, Cazenovia, NY
A giant mirror-ball Mickey Mouse figure lies half buried and abandoned but still holds his concrete smile. The mirrored surface reflects the ever-changing cultural world around him; a last gasp byproduct of his edifying iconic status at the point of being forgotten
2015 In Transit Villa Favard – Florence, Italy
                            The building of In Transit a collaborative work between the designer and fashion thinker Tony Bednall and the artist Tom Hall“The jacket, left discarded, a monument to the day to day, dressed up or dressed down, a victim or an agitator; a uniform or symbol of non-conformity. Who is the owner? Why is it here?” 
2014 An Awkward Proposition Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes International Arts Festival, commission, France
‘This was an exploration of the difficulties of performance. It questioned performative states through political, social and historical indicators either directly or indirectly.’
2013 Midnight artSUOTH, commission, High Down Rocket Test Facility, Isle of Wight
‘The project re-imagines the British space program test site in the fifties in the grips of the cold war when the predictive ‘Doomsday Clock’ was set at its closest to midnight.’
2012 Boy Racer Art By The Sea Side – Bournemouth Arts Festival






Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  Godforsaken Cosmopolitan Building, Syracuse, NY
2017  Boîte-en-Valise Point Of Contact Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Platitudes takes an experience of watching a man with Alzheimers and mapping experiences of dislocation to the ideas of immigration.
2017  Boîte-en-Valise 57th Venice Biennale, Italy
Boy On The Beach is a personal search for empathy with the small Syrian boy found on the Turkish beach through childhood memories and the artists own son. Selected artists from U.S. and U.K. exhibition in the Venice Biennale based on Duchamp’s idea of work from a suitcase.
2017  Made In New York Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
First-Prize winner – A selected survey show across New York State.
2016  Hand Made Apostrophe’s Gallery 1100 Oak St, Syracuse
Hand made can refer to a connection between the artists in how the work is ‘materially constructed’ but also in their references of where works may have been made
2013 Chasing Sputnik Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
‘My activity investigates the old space test site on the Isle of Wight. We are researching a visual language to discuss and engage the public in less glamorous ‘near history’ sites which don’t have the normal lexicon of romantic National Trust reconstruction. Engagement will be through exhibition and publication. Supported through Arts Council Grant for the Arts.’ 
2011 Lead Artist, Urban Fabric 2 Paradox, Crawford School of Art, Cork, Republic of Ireland.
  Neon Bournemouth ‘By The Sea’ arts festival
2010 I’m the Golden Gun Wayne Hemmingway beach pods, Boscombe
2009 Borderlands – Text+work Arts University Bournemouth. Texts from;Brown – University of the Arts London Wimbledon and L. McKinnon – Solent University
2007 Meeting Place Russell Coates Museum, Bournemouth




Commissions and Residencies

2018 Sculpture Space Residency – Sponsored through the New York State Council on the Arts. Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
2015 The Fall Of Disco Mickey - Residency              Stone Quarry Art Park Residency
2013 Midnight – commission artSUOTH, commission, Isle of Wight
2012 Boy Racer – commission Art By The Sea Side – Bournemouth Arts Festival
2004–05 Holt Forest Project –  Residency Holt Forest, Dorset
2003–04 National Gallery educationalartist in residencies London(Funded by Deutsche Bank)
2002 Short listed for residency Sunderland School of Art Sculpture
1999 Short listed for public sculpture Millennium Dome site, London
1997–98 HERD Marshall Roundabout, Eastbourne

Awards, Publications, Public Talks

I am Am Immigrant – Artist talk focusing on aspects of role-play within Tom Halls practice.

Boîte-en-Valise, Syracuse – International discussion on the Boîte-en-Valise project. Point of contact Gallery, Syracuse, NY

Boîte-en-Valise, Generator – Artists talk and workshops developing ideas around Boite-en-Valise Venice Biennale projects. Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

Concrete Historys – a talk and discussion around memories of a rocket man in the creation of Midnight by the artist Tom Hall. Memory Works, Fisher Centre, NYC, May 2016.

Chasing Sputnik by Tom Hall (Nov 2013)

Meeting Place: Contemporary Art and the Museum Collection (Text + Work) by Stephanie James and Les Buckingham Sep 2007.

Research Fellowship Arts University Bournemouth 2012-13

Current Professional Practice And Research:

Waste Ground is an exploration of the future through the dissection of the past. It uses the discursive histories of two artists Tom Hall and Simón Granell as if they were the physical material of production; a favorite childhood book or place remembered, defining the structures of current thinking. These are not worthy and academic references but a mixture of recalled and misremembered sources. Both personal and political, truth and fiction coexist, to be excavated by the viewer. It explores the base relationship between their practice and their friendship through the manufacture, destruction and materialization of memories and objects from their differing pasts, brought back together through a presentation of waste or residue.