Tom Climent | Artist Statement
My work over the last twenty years has varied from paintings of figurative, urban and landscape subjects, sometimes referencing the history of painting. My most recent work tends to focus on the creation of a structured space, while investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation.
The paintings I am exhibiting here at Tyco are focused around spatial constructs and how they might provide a structured space for our environment. Referencing landscape, various types of structures and natural phenomena, the compositions range from the visually complex to simple basic structures. By the manipulation of the materials, scale and weight of these structures, I try to obscure their basic properties and any identifiable purpose. The work touches on our relationship with the spatial, formal and emotional qualities of architecture. It suggests a narrative but never actually reveals what that might be.
My work process is largely intuitive, the act of painting for me starts a process of discovering unintended compositions and relationships, of finding logic and meaning in the unique situation that emerges. The first marks and shapes are catalysts for a process that requires me to constantly re-evaluate what’s important so I can find out what the painting will be.
Previous solo exhibitions include those at The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, The Hunt Museum, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Triskel Arts Centre, The Fenton Gallery, the Luan Gallery, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Solomon Fine Art and CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.
His work also features in the collections of The Central Bank, University College Cork, University College Dublin, The Smurfit Business School, AIB Bank, Cork City Council, The Office of Public Works, The National Treasury Management Agency, The National Self-Portrait Collection, NCB Stockbrokers, Investec, Deloitte, Cork Institute of Technology & The American Embassy, Dublin.
“Tom Climent is an archetypal ‘painters’ painter’. His work evolves from an intensive process of constructing and de-constructing surfaces, until a harmonious balance of colour and texture is achieved. And like any artist who pays serious attention to the tactility of paint, Climent’s work firstly captures the viewers’ attention from a distance and then rewards that interest, when the work is studied up close.”
– Mark Ewart | Introduction to In its Reflection | A catalogue accompanying the solo exhibition at Solomon Fine Art | 2016