About the Book
Tom Dearden is a British painter who was born in Ulverston and spend his childhood in Dalton. He schooled at the former Green School and was an apprentice at a pork butchery soon after. It was also during this time that his tutors encouraged him to pursue college education in the field of art because of the perfect drawing skills that he had demonstrated in meat inspection classes. He was offered the opportunity to attend Lancaster and Morecambe College and worked as a labourer as he studied at the Slade School of art. He has staged numerous exhibitions over the years and his works have been featured on prestigious platforms including the Royal Academy and Kendal’s Abbot Gallery. One of his greatest achievements was in 1975 at the Paris Salon where he won a gold medal. Although Dearden has been painting for many years, his masterpieces are not well known and individuals have not really realised his exemplary painting skills.
Davy has a deep interest in people; he is deaf and understands how it feels to be in a minority group so from this background he has investigated the world of Transgendered people capturing relaxed images of their everyday lives and creating compelling photographs with the use of low- lighting to achieve a natural, aesthetic look. Davy believes a successful artist never “captures” a moment but actually “releases” it to others. With his photography, (Colour, black & white and Polaroid) He strive to transcend the documentary nature of the format by the sheer force of the experience. His work is both reflection and expression in that he do not aim or plan a shot, but instead allow himself to be found within it as it happens. He works freelance on location and in the studio for portraiture and assisting Mark LeBon who, along with Helmut Newton, Nan Goldin, Todd Hido, Gregory Crewdson and Jürgen Teller have been strong influences in his photography. Davy has obtained B.A. (Hons) in 2013