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Tom Fairlamb (b. 1993) graduated with a first class honours in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee and is currently studying a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art in London. Fairlamb’s work has been exhibited across the UK and US while receiving multiple awards, such as: being shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2024); The Royal Scottish Academy Stuart Prize (2024); The Alastair Smart Memorial Prize (2023); The Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries (2023); Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase Award (2023); New Blood Art Emerging Artist Art Prize (2023); The Leith School of Art Prize for Outstanding Work in Fine Art (2020).

Fairlamb makes durational, moving sculptures that blur into performance, video, and drawing. He approaches making with a playful curiosity to serious questions about the world we are a part of. These questions often remain unanswered with humorous, yet, tragic results. The works are left open allowing for different readings depending on the context and the viewer’s own psychological, philosophical, and political understandings.

 

In 2023, Fairlamb’s work focused on themes of the human condition in relation to technology. Since then, his work has shifted attention towards the philosophical ideas of post humanism. By observing the world's cycles and processes, he simulates interactions and connections between nature and technology. His work questions the impact of the categorisations and boundaries we create between human and non-human worlds.

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