The Time Traveller – Tom Badley

Hand engraved, miniature portraiture; an out of place artefact displaced in time.


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This is a hand engraved bank of four identical portraits, and is one of the latest of my miniature portraiture work. The piece is inspired by contemporary time travel folklaw – particularly the chatter surrounding current political and social anomalies, the prescience of certain anonymous sources on social media, and the plethora of out-of-place artefacts found in cartoons and film plots that seem to be accurate premonitions of our present time.

“I was head-hunted by one of the world’s largest printers of banknotes, creating designs for central banks and other financial institutions. After learning the trade secrets of banknote production, I gained practical experience in every print process associated with the production of money.

The Banknote is the Alpha and Omega of art: it is pattern, typography, portraiture, drawing. It is lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, letterpress. A banknote is the touchstone of culture, the window into worlds, a monument, memorial, and memory. Banknotes are mass-produced, yet personal. Identical, yet crafted.

I use banknote design to express my ideas, and contribute to the future of finance, through fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency collaborations.

I come from a fine art background, based on technique and craft. I reject lazy conceptualism, and make craft the basis of everything I do. I studied Fine Art at Leeds College, the Slade School of Fine Art, (London), and the Cooper Union School in New York. My work has been shown with Phyllida Barlow at the Serpentine, The Mall Galleries, Tenderpixel London and Rokeby Gallery.”