Tom Scotcher 'Desire Paths' with Twenty Twenty Gallery at Black Bough

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Tom Scotcher

Tom Scotcher


9th to 11th May 2024



Tom Scotcher

Desire Paths

We are delighted to be holding this solo exhibition of paintings by Tom Scotcher at the fabulous Black Bough premises in Ludlow.

Tom Scotcher exhibited with Twenty Twenty Gallery in Quality Square, and continues with us online. This exhibition has been a year in the making, and has been made possible for Tom as he was awarded a grant by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in 2023, enabling him to focus on producing this series of paintings.

“The main themes of this group of work is about exploring spaces off the beaten track, feeling fully immersed in the landscape, and the magical qualities of nature. The title ‘Desire Paths’ encompasses my whole outlook on being in the space and extracting these moments of quiet clarity. The two words are short but very potent with meaning. ‘Desire’, that longing feeling of being surrounding by things that grow. ‘Path’, the literal paths we take in the woods and through life.”

Alice Wadsworth meets Tom Scotcher

In Tom Scotcher’s illuminated rural landscapes, the eye is pulled through lightways and pathways“desire paths” carved by seasons, plants, animals, rarely by humans. These routes draw us into sensory worlds.

The paintings are a combination of observation and recollection, so while they depict ancient timelines we also see the elongated moment of Scotcher’s gaze, as he seeps time into his work, patching together the turn of morning light into evening, into a liminal hum. While there is force in these paintings - a luminous glow, brightly alive - it is a soft kind of strength.

Scotcher’s impressions of the woods are filtered through the stories his father - a stonemason and carpenter - would weave of goblins, fairies and fantastical occurrences; tales covered in the moss of generations of folklore, reminders of how history has gouged and shaped the landscape.

Several of Tom Scotcher’s works are divided into sections, resembling a stained-glass window. He doesn’t paint to the edge of each canvas, allowing scars of reddened ground to both mark the architectural shapes of their canvases, and create another intimate entryway for the viewer.

Scotcher’s work leads us along in what Benjamin Myers in Under the Rock terms “gentle trespass”treading lightly, stopping often: “in sticking to the path, you’re only going to see so much”.

Chalkpit (Sunrise) oil on canvas 25.5 x 29 x 2.6cm £750 Winter Sunrise oil on canvas 24.5 x 31 x 2.6cm £750

Across the Ouse (morning) oil on canvas 31 x 32 x 2.6cm £800

Buddleia oil on canvas 30.3 x 29.1 x 2.6cm £780 English Bluebells oil on canvas 25 x 25 x 1.8cm £700 Chalk Quarry Sunrise oil on canvas 43.2 x 29.7 x 2.6cm £900 Dock in the Morning Dew oil on canvas 44 x 25 x 2.6cm £860 Chalkpit (Early Morning) oil on canvas 50.5 x 45 x 2.6cm £1,200 Chalkpit (Golden Morning) oil on canvas 44 x 33.5 x 2.6cm £1,050 Sunset behind the Chalkpit oil on canvas 32.5 x 33.5 x 2.6cm £850

Hawthorn (Grey Day)

oil on two canvases 40 x 41.5 x 2.6cm

£970 Hawthorn Blossom oil on canvas 47.5 x 34 x 2.6cm £1,150 Hawthorn Frost oil on canvas 40 x 50 x 1.8cm £1,150 Ridge and Furrow oil on canvas 58.5 x 42 x 2.6cm £1,200 Twisted Tree on the Bank oil on two canvases 37 x 49.6 x 2.6cm £1,100

Flood Bank oil on canvas 30 x 40.3 x 2.6cm £900

Bend in the Ouse (Early Morning) oil on two canvases 50.4 x 40.6 x 2.6cm £1,150

Near Dark oil on canvas 43 x 33 x 2.6cm £950


Through the Copse oil on canvas 42 x 60 x 2.6cm £1,2000 Rugged Trees in Winter oil on canvas 30 x 35.2 x 2.6cm £800

Wind Tunnel

oil on seven canvases 119.5 x 144 x 2.6cm £4,600

Tom Scotcher

Tom Scotcher completed his post-graduate diploma at the Royal Drawing School in 2017. In 2020 he took part in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, and in 2023 he was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. The foundation is committed to supporting students and emerging artists in representational art.

Since 2017

Tom Scotcher has exhibited in group and prize exhibitions in London galleries, notably at Piano Nobile Gallery, Pollocks Toy Museum and 155a Gallery. He has worked as an artist in residence and completed works for charity, seeking out opportunities to thrive and grow. Most recently, Tom was selected to take part in Fair Ground, an exhibition at Art at Glyndebourne.

“Tom Scotcher is an exciting young talent who was recommended to me by Melissa Scott-Miller. I think he will go far.”

Mary Elliott, Twenty Twenty Gallery

At Black Bough and Online

The exhibition will be at Black Bough for three days 9th to 11th May 2024. The exhibition is also online at

Opening times: Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

If you are unable to visit during opening hours please contact us for viewings by arrangement.

Purchasing work

Works are available for purchase on receipt of this brochure and online from 29th April.

Own Art - Interest Free Credit over 10 months. Pay-in-Three with PayPal also available.

Prices correct at the time of going to print. We reserve the right to make changes.



Telephone: 07770 752903






Exhibition opening times at Black Bough: 10am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday

Black Bough 10 Portcullis Lane, Ludlow SY8 1PZ

Back cover: Path Through the Copse oil on canvas 42 x 60 x 2.6cm £1,2000

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