Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter (born 1965, Dorset) explores themes depicting his local neighbourhood of east London, drawing on art historical references. He reconstructs stories, memories and myths to paint a psycho-geographical landscape. His breakthrough came while studying at the Royal College of Art. A portrait of a young mother closely referenced Vermeer's A Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window, except that Hunter's subject was reading an eviction notice from the council. This work, Woman Reading a Possession Order, won the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award in 1998, and a year later was shown in Neurotic Realism at the Saatchi Gallery.

Hunter's Living in Hell and Other Stories, which used lurid headlines from the Hackney Gazette to re-stage scenes from art history was commissioned and exhibited by the National Gallery, London in 2006 - the first photography exhibition to be held there.
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