Lecturer on Art & Business, Art Crime, Sculpture History
Tom Flynn is a London-based art historian and consultant on the art market with experience across the academic, publishing and management sectors of the art world. He began his career as a fine art auctioneer before entering academia and the media.
He holds a First Class BA(Hons) degree in Art History from the University of Sussex; a Masters from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum Joint Course in the History of Design; and a doctorate from the University of Sussex. In 1998 he was Henry Moore Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex where he organised a three-day international conference on Rodin's connections with Great Britain.
Tom teaches the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the History of the Art Market at Kingston University, and is a visiting lecturer on the Postgraduate Certificate in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection at the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) in Umbria, Italy. He has written and lectured extensively on the art market and its institutions; art and design history; art crime; cultural heritage; contemporary art; African art; the impact of technology on the art market; and the historical development of museums.
A former assistant editor and media columnist at The Art Newspaper, his writing has been published in a broad range of international publications including The Art Newspaper, Art & Auction, Antiques Trade Gazette, Apollo, Art Quarterly, Art Review, Art News, Museums Journal, The Spectator, etc. He has taught art history at Sussex University, the history of museums at Birkbeck College, University of London, and currently lectures on the London Masters course in Art & Business run by the Paris-based Institut des Études Supérieures des Arts (IESA), on Christie's Masters course in Art and Business, and at other London universities.
Tom has held senior management and board positions in a number of private sector arts organisations. His books include The Body in Sculpture (Everyman Art Library, 1997); Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum (Routledge, 1998), co-edited with Dr Tim Barringer; The Paintings of Clive Head (2000); Sean Henry (Scala, 2008), Hands On: The Sculpture of Terence Coventry (Pangolin, 2012). He recently edited the 2nd edition of Skate's Art Investment Handbook, 2009-10, and is currently preparing a historical dictionary of the art market.
In 2007 he founded The Sculpture Agency.co.uk to promote a critical appreciation of the craft of contemporary sculpture