The Cottage 1961

Exhibited at 'Tom Cross - Paintings from the Artist's Studio', Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, October 2023.

Completed during Tom and Pat's time living in Rhiwsawson, Wales, while Tom was Assistant Director of the Welsh Arts Council. Together Tom and Pat rebuilt a derelict School House cottage, utilising the skills Tom developed at Manchester School of Art, where he first studied Architecture before switching to the Fine Art course.

'The transformation of this cottage gave rise to a number of highly abstracted paintings and drawings...This is an early expression of his enjoyment of the ambiguous spatial effects and powerful diagonal movements implied by the drawing techniques of Axonometric and Isometric Projection' (Alan Windsor, Tom Cross: Early Paintings, 2013).