Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler

A portrait of Tom Hodgkinson (not part of the Brexiteer series) of The Idler.  Oil on Canvas, 12 inches by 10 inches.

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Oil on canvas portrait of The Idler, Tom Hodgkinson

Tom was born in 1968 and was educated at Westminster School and Jesus College, Cambridge. He founded the Idler in 1993 and went on to join the Guardian newspaper as a columnist and head of editorial development. He and partner Gavin Pretor-Pinney then set up their a creative consultancy and undertook editorial and advertising projects for Channel 4, Sony Playstation, Paramount Comedy Channel, John Brown Publishing, Mother ad agency and many more.

In 2002 Tom quit the commercial world and retired to a farmhouse on the coast of North Devon to write books. His first book How to be Idle was a global best-seller and was followed by How to be FreeThe Idle Parent and Brave Old World. He has also co-written The Book of Idle Pleasures (with Dan Kieran, later to launch crowdfunding publishing platform Unbound) and The Ukulele Handbook (with Gavin Pretor-Pinney). He has published a number of pamphlets including his own We Want Everyone, an attack on Facebook, and Dr Matthew Green’s history of the London coffeehouse. Tom also published Gwynne’s Grammar in an edition of 100. It caught the eye of Random House who brought out a commercial edition. This astonished everyone by spending five months in the Sunday Times top ten and selling over 50,000 copies. The follow-up, Gwynne’s Latin, was also a top ten best-seller. https://idler.co.uk/about/

If you have comments or wish to get in touch, please use the contact page.  High-resolution versions of the Brexit paintings can be found here.  Other works, aside from the Brexit portraits can be found here.

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