Thomas Lumley was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He studied at the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence between 1999-2003. Thereafter, he undertook commisioned work, largely in portraiture. He had his first solo exhibition at Ramsay, Pimlico Road, London in December 2006, entitled "God's Country" - paintings & drawings of Paintings.
He also exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' annual show at the Mall Galleries in 2006-2007, winning the Prince of Wales Drawing School prize in 2006.