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Tom Polo  | of defence and doubt

Tom Polo (b. 1985, Sydney Australia) uses painting and painted environments to explore how conversation, doubt and gesture are embodied within abstracted acts of portraiture. Frequently incorporating text and figurative elements, his works draw upon acute observations, absurdist encounters, personal histories and imagined personas. An ongoing interest across his practice is the emotional and performative relationships between people within social, theatrical and psychological space.

Polo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons. Class 1) and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales Art & Design. Since 2007, he has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally.

Recent projects include: Meditation on a Bone, Heide Museum of Modern Art, VIC (2018); Primavera 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW (2017);(These Things) Tell Me More About You, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Mornington, VIC (2017); Looking at Me Through You, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (2017); Emotional Patrol, STATION, Melbourne (2017); Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC (2016); and What Goes On Here, Spectrum Now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2016). 

Polo was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2015 and completed residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and ACME Studios, London in 2016 and Artspace, Sydney in 2017.

 

Download booklet with 12 paintings

sway [dumb seduction], 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm

 

stoop swoop [mine is yours], 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm

 

and I know nothing (huge hat), 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer, private collection

 

 

any way either way (high lighter hand), 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer

 

better balance (lines are lies), 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer

 

 

Blue Bottoms (practice makes perfect), 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer

 

 

give me a minute or gimme a lifetime (sister spotty) , 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer

 

 

soft secrets, tender facts, 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer

 

 

strong shadows, between blinds, 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer, private collection

 

 

there's a method to my madness (LL), 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer, private collection

 

 

with red relief, 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer

 

 

of defence and doubt, 2018, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, photo Jessica Maurer, private collection

 

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