Cross, Tom (1931-2009)

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Tom Cross was the Principle of Falmouth School of Art (now University College Falmouth)from 1972 until 1987 and wrote several books about art in Cornwall. He was born in Manchester and trained at Manchester School of Art and then Slade where he won numerous awards and scholarships. Two of these scholarships gave him the opportunity to spend two years travelling and painting in Italy and France. During the 1970s he became involved with the 'Systems' group led by the painter Malcolm Hughes. His work at this time was experimental and he produced a series of large paintings of carefully planned geometric shapes. Before his appointment at Falmouth he was the Senior Lecturer in Painting at Reading University. Whilst living in Cornwall his main source of inspiration was the Helford River.