Dr Tom Flynn is a UK-based art historian, critic and provenance researcher, specialising in the professional practices of the international art market, historical and contemporary sculpture, and issues in art crime and cultural heritage.

He is a visiting lecturer at a number of UK and European universities. From 2010-2016 he was programme director of the RICS-Accredited MA programme in Art Appraisal (Professional Practice) at Kingston University, and Adjunct Professor and Course Director on the MA module on the International Art Market at Richmond, the American International University in London. He also teaches the International Art Market at the London and Paris-based IESA Masters course in Art Business and for the past seven years has contributed to the Postgraduate Certificate in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection Studies run by ARCA, (the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art) in Amelia, Italy.

Tom is a former fine art auctioneer and valuer and art market journalist. A graduate of the University of Sussex and the Royal College of Art, he completed his doctorate at the University of Sussex, researching 19th-century critical reactions to the chryselephantine mixed-media sculpture of antiquity.

He has written for numerous international art publications and has held board positions with art data company, Invaluable.com, and with Eyestorm.com, the limited edition print publishers.

His journalism has featured in most of the leading art journals and newspapers including, inter alia, The Art Newspaper, Art & Auction, Apollo, The Spectator, The Sculpture Journal, ARTnews, and Art Quarterly. He is a member of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics and has published widely on the global art market and art and design history, and has written a number of monographs on contemporary sculptors. He is also the founder of The Sculpture Agency, which promotes the work of contemporary sculptors. 

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In 2017, Tom co-founded the UK’s only dedicated art provenance research agency with his business partner Angelina Giovani. More information about the services they offer to museums, private collectors, public institutions and the art trade can be found at their website: www.flynngiovani.com.