Born in Derry City in 1984, Tommy Long studied at the University of Ulster in Belfast and graduated in 2009 winning both the Rise Creatives’ prize and the Carson McDowell award for painting. He has exhibited both locally and regionally, drawing the attention of Minister for Arts and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan in 2011 at the United Arts club in Dublin. His work features in many collections both at home and abroad. In 2016 he exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London as a finalist in the prestigious Lynn Stainer Prize for painting. Long’s new work portrays the age old myth of the Heroes Journey, inspired by mythological themes and his own surroundings, offering a different perspective on life in modern Ireland. Weaving such themes with everyday surroundings, he creates a dreamscape, a memory of sorts, inviting the viewer to question not only the reality of the scene portrayed but also their own reality.