James Tomlin

Instagram: @jamesalextomlin

A collage made up of a Venetian painting of mother and child visited by a hermit and priest, and images from a microwave recipe book forming a food halo.

untitled collage

Photograph of a sliced loaf of soda bread on a plate.

he asked for soda bread

A black and white photograph of pages 72 and 73 of Winnie the Pooh redacted so only the text of Cottleston Pie remains reading:
 “Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie. A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly. Ask me a riddle and I’ll reply: Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.
Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie. A fish can’t whistle and neither can I. Ask me a riddle and I’ll reply: Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.
Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie. Why does a chicken, I don’t know why. Ask me a riddle and I’ll reply: Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.”

A borrowed poem

Pink and green digital collage featuring a spring lamb, a marsh map and country walking route sign.

circular walking from a pdf

Digital composite of two black and white photos of a head wearing a crocheted mask and horns.

green horned

black and white digital doodles repeated as a square tile on a red background

doodling in waiting for maths to finish

Digital collage on a pink background. Made up of photos of a lateral flow COVID test, a hand holding oyster mushrooms and a repeated image of a jar of forsythia syrup.

lateral flow

I used to have a jay feather

A rough painting in a sketch book. A gold and red background, with a white school logo shield and blue lettering that reads ‘my school house was Ford and we were blue’.

Remade, painted

Digital drawing of a Primary School logo in white on a red background , a shield quartered in each; a water pump labelled ‘Ford’ a tree labelled Westland Green, a house labelled ‘Bury Green’ and a bridge labelled ‘Ash’. Above this is blue text that reads ‘my school house was ford we were blue’.

where I grew up

A collaged tarot card representing the Two of Swords, featuring two small birds sitting on some toast. Below this text reads ‘You will most likely not die’ with the words in blue, except for the word ‘not’ in yellow.

Two of Swords

A collage of geometric house shapes made from images of gardens.

Home has red bricks and a garden

A roughly made clay plate, with a gold edge, a red painted stick figure and text reading ‘RIP Mr Queen’. Next to the plate is a fork and glass of water.

A commemoration

A digital drawing of a golden hare on an blue-green field, with a transparent photo of woodland imposed over the image.

colours for the woodland

A photograph of a piece of acetate blue racked to a window overlooking trees and houses. The acetate has a sharpie drawing of a red devil waving hello to a yellow sun.

the devil said a cheery hello to the sun

Collage with red finger paint, showing a white flower with goat-like horns supported on the left by a squirrel and on the right by a blue butterfly

rosa malum

Digital drawing of a black rat on fire.

i was born a burning rat

Digital collage of map screenshots, photos of the woods and drawing of barrow diagram.

Field Research

A cardboard protest sign with red lettering that reads ‘KILL THE BILL’

Kill The Bill

Photograph of twelve eggs dyed red or green with the imprints of leaves, flowers and wrappers.

Red (yellow onions), Green (red cabbage)

A photograph of a green crochet net bag, around 20cm long, filled with chicken and duck eggs.

Untitled, with eggs