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Tom Wood was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika in 1955. In 1959 he moved to West Yorkshire. As an artist he has been closely involved in the creation of The West Yorkshire Print Workshop also Yorkshire Printmakers in Leeds. He was one of the first artists to have a studio in the Dean Clough Mill Complex, Halifax and created a large studio and gallery at Phoebe Mills, Halifax, He was then employed by English Schools Foundation, Hong Kong as Senior Art Advisor. Upon returning to the UK he created the Art Academy at Redbrick Mill, Batley where he has a studio and continues to teach.

He was a prolific exhibitor in group, two-man and solo shows, which included a one-man show at Cartwright Hall Art 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 held by the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, HRH The Prince of Wales, The National Portrait Gallery Collection, The National Trust, London Transport Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield and numerous provincial galleries. (



1974-5 Batley School of Art Foundation year

1975-1978 Sheffield Polytechnic First Class Honours Degree Fine Art

1998 - 1999 Leeds Metropolitan University MA Fine Art



1981 – Artist in Industry Fellowship/ Elizabeth Greenshields Foundations Award

1982 – Gulbenkian Foundation Printmakers Award

1983 – Artist in Industry Fellowship

1984 – Elizabeth Greenshields Second Award

1985 – Prizewinner John Player Portrait Award

1986 – Prizewinner Nineth International Print Biennale

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



HRH The Prince of Wales

Alan Bennett (commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery)

Professor Lord Winston (commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery)

Arthur Haigh

Elizabeth Wrisdale (commissioned by the National Trust)

John Lyles – Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

Kenneth Morgan -Principal of the University of Wales

Professor Sir Colin Dollery - (commissioned by the Royal Hammersmith Hospital)

Lady Diana Dollery

Professor Peter Brooks (commissioned by Yale University)

Professor Sir Michael Thompson – Vice Chancellor of The University of Birmingham

Sir Shridath (Sonny) Ramphal – Chancellor of the University of Warwick

The Earl and Countess of Harewood (commissioned by the Harewood Trust)

Professor John West – Vice Chancellor of Bradford University

Professor Malcolm Burrows - (commissioned by Cambridge University)

Professor Andy Adams - President of the Royal College of Radiologists

Barbara Windsor - (commisioned by the BBC)

Daphne and Tom Minihane - (commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust)



A selection from a long list:

1990 – The Art Machine, McClennan Gallery,Glasgow and Crown Pictorial, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, USA

1992 – Contemporary Prints, Marlborough Graphics, London

1993 – Chicago International Art Exposition/Art L.A., Los Angeles International Art Fair/The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London/ Family and Friends, Norwich Castle Museum

1995 – Art 95 London Contemporary Art Fair/ Europ’art, Geneva/ Lineart, Ghent/ Recent Aquisitions, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

1997 – Art Miami 97/ Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Invited Artist, Ireland

2000 – Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2001 – Royal Academy Summer Show



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






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