Riverside Café Gallery – q&a with Tom Boulton

Riverside Café Gallery – q&a with Tom Boulton

The Riverside Café Gallery is delighted to welcome it’s next exhibiting artist Tom Boulton with A Monochrome View, a collection of work inspired by landscapes and the natural world. Working in scraperboard, a form of direct engraving, Tom scratches away at a black coating to reveal the white surface underneath and create light, shade and texture in his highly detailed pieces. We caught up with Tom to find out a little more about his practice. img 1 copy

What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work? 

I am currently embarking on a series of mixed media paintings entitled ‘Modern Fields’.My ideas are formed when rambling in the countryside.

What medium do you use in your practice and why?

It varies from scraperboard and linocuts to watercolours and Ipad drawings. I like the versatility of using different mediums.

What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?

The painter Paul Nash described his work as an attempt to capture the ‘genius loci’, or protective spirit of the place. I subscribe to that.

If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?

Ironically it was my only portrait painting, of my wife, that was accepted by the National Portrait Gallery for their annual exhibition.

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If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?

See above!

What is the most indispensable item in your studio?

I have two – my free-standing magnification lens (invaluable for detailed work), and the antique scraperboard tool found at the bottom of an old Tupperware box of ink pens. My wife saw the box in a junk shop and bought it as an extra Christmas present last year.

Where is your favourite place to see art?

Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.


A Monochrome View is on display in the The Riverside Café until 15th August. All pieces are available to purchase and Tom is also selling limited edition lithoprints via the Maltings shop for the duration of the exhibition.

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