I grew up on a small farm in the U.S.A and moved to Paris to study History of Art before settling in London as my base of operations. I have a degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins and a professional qualification in Video Production from City & Guilds.
One of my parents was an immigrant and likewise I too have become one. Immigration has always induced some sense of concern in the citizens already living in a country so the disenfranchisement of 'the Other' is a constant riff in my work.
As an artist I have always leaned toward making work that is participatory or immersive in some way. I am skilled in a variety of disciplines and often employ a wide variety of different media in my work, however, it is Live Art & Digital Photography that is at the heart of my practice. There is a real Peter Pan Syndrome at play in my work and I suppose I would consider myself a carnival sideshow conceptualist, combining a bare-bones formal conceptualism with an eternally adolescent, DIY comic-prank approach. My work has been hung, played and performed in a few of the world's right places and a couple of deliciously wrong ones.
In the last few years I have regularly worked with collectives such as The Red Velvet Curtain Cult and Art Evict and Art Pendeo. I am currently working with The Biennial Project in the U.S.A. I have shown internationally and presented work at exhibitions such as the opening night of The London Art Fair, AXIS International in Chicago, The Museum of New Art (MONA) in Detroit, at Tate Modern’s exhibition No Soul For Sale, Into The New at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and IM International in association with Creative Time and the Queens Museum in NYC. My work is in several major collections such as The Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) at The Serpentine Gallery and The Tate Modern's archives. I have presented work and papers at international confrences such as DRHA 2014 (Digital Research for the Humanities & Arts) as part of In Dialogue at Nottingham Contemporary, Gallery Camp at The New Gallery Walsall and Giant Step -Marginal Establishments, Co-option and Resistance (In association with The European Foundation, MOYSTN and The Vanabbemuseum). My writing has also been published as part of The (Im) Possible School Book at the The Tanks Art in Action at Tate Modern and my work has also been included in a new book of Performance Art - Emergency INDEX – published by Ugly Duckling Press. The Champagne launch has been called one of the "8 things to do in the New York Art world" by the Observer's Gallerist NY. www.TomEstesArtist.com