Tom Climent, Shield, oil and plaster on canvas, 167 x 213 cm



In Its Reflection

8-30 April 2016

Irish artist Tom Climent works from his studio in Cork City. Having originally trained as an engineer, he studied at Crawford College of Art, going on to win the Victor Treacy Award and the Tony O’Malley Award. This is Tom Climent’s first solo exhibition with Solomon Fine Art and the gallery will exhibit a collection of his expressive compositions, which are celebrations of form and sensuous colour.

His works focus on the creation of a structured space while investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation. Architectural forms are layered, like scaffolding and come to rest within calm spatial environments, giving a solidity and monumentality to each painting which often belies their modest dimensions.

Climent’s work process is largely intuitive; the act of painting for him begins a process of discovering unintended connections and relationships, of searching for reason and meaning in the unique situation that emerges. As traces of memories and feelings accumulate and overlap on the canvas, he continues his exploration of the richly rewarding interplay between the subconscious emotional world and the physical process of painting.

Previous solo shows include The Hunt Museum, The Fenton Gallery, The BlueLeaf Gallery, The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery and The Luan Gallery. His work features in various private collections as well as in the collections of The Central Bank, The National Treasury Management Agency of Ireland, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Smurfit Business School and AIB Bank amongst many others.

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