The Artist and his Gilet – An Interview with Tom Hoar

Tom Hoar wearing his Guillotine England Gilet

Wiltshire based painter, Tom Hoar has just returned from a spell in India creating work for his London exhibition India 2018. We were lucky enough to grab him in his studio in East Knoyle to talk about his work and his love of the Gilet. You can see Tom’s work here, we think its incredible.

Tom first came across Guillotine England at a Christmas fair where his wife was selling cashmere sweaters. As with all fairs, a lot of exhibitors end up buying things from each other and this is where he first met Jules and Jerome and discovered the Gilet. At the same time, they also came up with the idea for an alternative Christmas Fair, The Touring Emporium which featured a lot of Tom’s work and DJ’s alongside the usual independent shops.

Tom was wearing the same Gilet he brought at that fair 4 years ago. It is one of his favourites and he wears it whilst painting for many reasons including the freedom it gives his arms to paint whilst keeping his core warm. This Gilet has become his painting apron and he either wears it over a shirt in the summer or over the top of a sweater in the colder months.

A big fan of Indian Gilets with the Nehru collar he says the reason the Guillotine England made ones stand out is because of the snug fit. It is also useful because of the pockets and beautiful lining. As well as the Gilet he is wearing in the film, he has a selection of gilets to chose from for dinner parties and other social occasions. When he has been invited of course.

Thank you, Tom, for your time, we look forward to seeing your art in the future and thought the India paintings were beautiful.


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