Tom Climent
"Over my time as an artist the work I have done had been structured into groups or series of paintings. This current series is mostly geometric in nature and has an overall landscape structure to it, but it also contains softer, textured pieces that operate as a compliment to the more brightly coloured abstract ones. My work generally tends to be suggestive, I feel it absorbs places I’ve been to, experiences I’ve had and ideas and images I come across. My process of painting embraces both logic and reason and also chance and accident. I allow myself to be guided by each individual piece. The work itself exists on the borderline between abstraction and representation but also between real and spirit worlds. It allows for magic to have a role it’s creation.

I want my work to operate as a doorway, to invite the viewer into a new space, to offer an invitation to journey."

Previous solo shows in Ireland include Between Chance and Rhyme at The Hunt Museum, New Paintings at the The Fenton Gallery, Pure at The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Hansel’s House at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dancing Parade at the Triskel Arts Centre, Vessels at The Luan Gallery, Voyager at the Sternview Gallery and Everlast at Solomon Fine Art.  His work has been selected for the annual exhibitions at the RHA and RUA. He has been selected for the Oriel Davis Open at the Oriel Davis Gallery in Wales and the ARTWORKS and HORTONS PRIZE at VISUAL in Carlow. In Spring 2016 he took part in Irish Wave, a collaborative exhibition in Shanghai and Beijing.

He has participated in group exhibitions in London with the Herrick Gallery and in New York with the J. Cacciola Gallery and The Painting Center.

He is also a recipient of the Heinrich Boll Cottage Residency, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Cork City Council Individual Artists Bursary Award 2014, Working Art Grant 2014, Tony O’Malley Travel Award, Victor Treacy Award and a Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Award.

His work is in the collections of The Central Bank, The National Treasury Management Agency, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Smurfit Business School, AIB Bank, The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, NCB Stockbrokers, The Cork Opera House, Cork City Council, The Office of Public Works, Cork Institute of Technology, The American Embassy in Dublin, Deloitte, Investec, Allianz, Ibec and private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, France, USA & Canada.
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