Friday 21 March 2014


On Monday 24th March 2014 for the week leading up to Mothering Sunday (UK), I'll be launching my new 'MOTHER' Risograph Print, which will be made available through my ONLINE SHOP.

The design, which I drew recently for Night Watch Zine's 'T&A Issue' features  lyrics from the late, great Adam 'MCA' Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

-A4, Two-Colour Riso.
-Off-White, Heavyweight Paper Stock.
-Signed, Numbered & Stamped.
-Limited Edition of 40.
-Mini Demon Screenprint (Signed & Stamped)
-'Grey Skull' Sticker.

Each of the 'MOTHER' prints I send out will come with one of six (picked at random) 12x12cm hand printed and cut Demon Screenprints (stamped and signed on the reverse) and a Grey Skull sticker.

£15 each (+P&P)

Thursday 25 July 2013

MONSTER MAGNETS at The Old Sweet Shop

"Following on from the success of our 'SWEET DEMONS' exhibition, we are pleased to launch 'MONSTER MAGNETS', an extension to Tom J Newell's show at The Old Sweet Shop.

Tom recently ran a series of 'Make Your Own Monster' workshops for Artfelt at Sheffield Children's Hospital, and this event on Saturday 3rd August will exhibit the collaborative work between Tom and the patients of the hospital.

There will be the opportunity to build your own monster on the day to take home or exhibit at the gallery.

You will also be able to buy the magnets made by Tom and the patients, with all proceeds from the sale going to Artfelt, funded by The Children's Hospital Charity.

The launch of 'Monster Magnets', which will be exhibited alongside Tom's 'SWEET DEMONS' show, will be from 1-3pm on saturday 3rd August, and will be a chance for anybody to come along and have a go at creating their own monster.

The event is particularly aimed at children and families, but everyone is welcome! Both shows will now run until 31st August."


Thursday 4 July 2013

Pick 'n' Mix

Limited Edition A5, 32 page, CMYK Full-Colour Lithographic Printed 'Zine featuring my work on every page , compiled and released with Mattias Jones & The Old Sweet Shop and now available to buy from Rare & Racy and The Old Sweet Shop, Sheffield or online from..

(Scroll down and click 'Standard View' if you're viewing on a phone)

Photography by Andy Brown

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Tom J Newell x Sheffield Doc/Fest

I was invited to produce live artworks at this year's Sheffield Documentary Festival, painting three 32x40" canvasses over three days of the festival, inspired by three of this year's documentaries and Doc/Fest's signature 'Shocking Pink', set up in The Showroom Bar.

The first two canvasses I produced were sold  to people I met whilst painting them, with donations from the profits going to Amnesty and Sheffield Children's Hospital for Pussy Riot and The Big Melt respectively. 'The Act of Killing' canvas is still available if you'd like to get in touch, again with a donation from the sale going to Amnesty.

I'm also hoping to produce prints of all three images in the near future.

Many thanks to Sheffield Doc/Fest and everyone at The Showroom.

'Pussy Riot- A Punk Prayer'

'The Big Melt'

'The Act of Killing'

Wednesday 22 May 2013


The Old Sweet Shop is proud to present an exhibition of new drawings and prints by Tom J Newell. 

A selection of Tom's original drawings from an on-going project to illustrate the 'Seventy-Two Spirits of Solomon' will be available to buy alongside a new print, hand-printed by Tom and Dan 'Phlegm' at Dan's home studio. 

The gallery's back room will host a selected retrospective of Tom's drawings, paintings and prints, all of which will be on sale exclusively from The Old Sweet Shop.

The opening night will also see the launch of the gallery's new publication, 'Pick 'n' Mix'; an A5, 32 page, full-colour 'zine, compiled by Matt Jones and made up entirely of Tom's work. The Old Sweet Shop will continue to release 'Pick 'n' Mix' with guest artists for each issue to accompany future shows at the gallery.

In conjunction with Artfelt, funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity, Tom will be hosting a series of workshops with patients of Sheffield Children’s Hospital during the exhibition. The children will create a collection of 'Monster Magnets' based on the creatures from the SWEET DEMONS show, which will be exhibited alongside Tom's work at a 'Pop 'n' Crisps' daytime re-launch of the show later in the exhibition's run. Watch this space for details!

Join us at the gallery for opening night drinks provided by The Broadfield Ale House and The Kraken Rum, from 6pm 'til 9pm on Thursday 6th June, and after show ales 'n' spirits round the corner at The Broadfield from 9pm 'til Last Orders.

Monday 22 April 2013

The Don, The Jets, And The Golden Snake Portal

I was honoured to be involved in this year's Secret 7" exhibition alongside some powerful and magical artists creating one-off record sleeves for an impressive list of musical musicians.

Completely torn and faced with the common dilemma of 'Elton or Nas', Secret 7" head honcho, Kevin King kindly krept in and said I could have a go at producing sleeves for both Nasir's brilliant Don't-Call-It-A-Comeback single, 'The Don' AND The Rocketman's Classic-Made-More-Classic-By-Biz-Markie hit, 'Benny And The Jets'.

I've had a few emails recently from awesome people who think my artwork is worth looking at, asking about my artistic process and pens and what-not.. so I took a few snaps while I was messing these blank 7" sleeves up..

For 'The Don' cover I looked at a few ancient Egyptian references and sketched out the initial image on tracing paper with a 'Mars Technico' pencil (which I lost shortly after.)

Then I transferred the image to the blank sleeve..

..and inked it up with a 'Rotring Rapidograph 30'..

Next I coloured in the character with a gold Edding paint pen..

And finished it off with a red Posca Pen background..


I added the record's details to the back..

Here's the sleeve up in the show..

For the 'Benny And The Jets' sleeve I was looking through old school astronaut/pilot imagery for reference. The process was the same as I really wanted the two pieces to compliment each other in the show as well as stand alone and represent their specific tracks.. not too much though as I do love the secretive nature of the project, so I didn't want the images  to represent the artists  too directly. The gold n' red was replaced with silver n' baby blue for Elton..

For the opening night of the Secret 7' show, Downstairs at Mother London, I was invited to join the Peep Show Collective and Pete Fowler to spin 7" records and produce another 7" sleeve live on camera. I drew an All-Seeing-Pizza-Slice for HAIM's 'Better Off' record, Disc Jockeyed a nice set o'sevens and then left my box of records on the tube the following day.. (I lose things.)

The show was a great success and almost all of the sleeves were sold when the venue opened its doors on Record Store Day on Saturday. All three of my sleeves were sold and I was chuffed to receive a message from 'Eel Art' in Brighton who bought both my Nas and Elton pieces, so they're reunited in a lovely seaside home! I'm not sure what became of the pizza slice yet, but it isn't up on the eBay page where you can bid on the few remaining sleeves so someone definitely snapped it up. Here's a link to that last chance to support the great cause that is 'Art Against Knives' and to get your hands on one of this year's Secret 7" records..


The breaking news concerning the mystical totem featured on 'The Don' sleeve is that shortly after its 7" appearance, a Golden Snake Portal emerged  from the effigy's head region and a limited number of the resulting prints are now available from APG Works' ONLINE SHOP as part of the Spring potforlio they have 'Unleashed', which also features exclusive prints by EMA, Jo Peel, Kid Acne, Jon Cannon, and Lawrence Harborne. Details HERE .. The prints are available online now, but we're having a few beers down at APG Gallery, Sheffield this Thursday (25th April) evening to launch them and everyone's welcome to join us.

I should stress that the 'Golden Snake Portal' is a visual progression from the image I developed for the Secret 7" show, but these new prints of mine aren't connected to those good people. Head to the eBay page I mentioned before to support their cause.


Wednesday 17 April 2013

Record Store Deity

I try to have as many Record Shop/Store Days as I can throughout the year, but I do think it's a positive step to recognise the importance of independent record shops on one specific day on an annual basis. 

This year's official 'Record Store Day' takes place on Saturday 20th April 2013. I've contributed work to the Secret 7" show. I'll post more about that once the secret's out, but follow the link, see if you can spot my sleeves, and try and get along to the show on Saturday if you're in the Shoreditch area.

I'm also releasing a limited run of prints, which will be available to buy on Saturday from a couple of record shops in Sheffield and from one in Manchester.

The 'Record Shop Monolith' is a mystical totem, which brings good fortune to intrepid crate diggers. It is an A3 digital print on recycled grey board, and I've hand-painted each print with white detailing, signature, date, and edition number. This is an edition of 25 prints, which initially will only be available for £20 each on Saturday 20th April onwards from the specific record shops that are stocking them. 

There will be 10 of the prints available from 'Eastern Bloc' in Manchester as part of a R.S.D group art show alongside work from Point 273, Tasha Whittle, and Mr. Scruff.

There will be 10 of the prints available from 'Record Collector' in Sheffield as part of their R.S.D event, which also includes a live performance from The Crookes.  

And there will also be 5 of the prints available from my favourite shop in Sheffield, 'Rare & Racy'. The chaps there are too laid back for the whole R.S.D thing, but I always take every chance I get to support this amazing place, and I urge you all to pop in on Saturday and buy a record.

..As with all three of these shops on Saturday, you should go and buy a record.. if you've got a bit of spare cash after that then buy another record. Somewhere along the line you could consider one of these prints, but just support the shops. Sorry to those of you that would like one of these prints who can't make it to one of these shops. If there are any left after a week or so I'll put them up in my online shop.

Oh yeah, in honour of the three most popular record sizes, numbers 7, 10, and 12 from the print edition have coloured eyes. There'll be one of the super limited coloured-eye variants in each of the three shops so if you get down there early you can ask about one of those if you like.