Tom Climent produces paintings of figurative, urban and landscape subjects, sometimes referencing the history of painting in his works. His most recent work tends to focus on the creation of a structured space, while investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation.
These investigations are performed using paint. As traces of memories and feelings accumulate and overlap on the canvas, construction and deconstruction become active tools in the creation of his paintings. The work reminds us of how our spatial ability becomes spatial knowledge as we navigate our world and with this knowledge we create a place for ourselves.
This work is focused around spatial constructs and how it might provide a structured space for our existence. From taking a basic structure as an analogy for our place in the world, he started to create very rudimentary spatial structures; a fundamental shape or vessel that could contain a human presence. Referencing landscape, various types of structures and natural phenomena, the compositions range from the visually complex to simple basic structures. His manipulation of the materials, scale and weight of these structures obscures their basic properties and any identifiable purpose. His work touches on our relationship with the spatial, formal and emotional qualities of architecture. It suggests a narrative but never actually revealing what that might be.
“My work process is largely intuitive, the act of painting starts a process of discovering unintended proximities 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.”
Tom Climent holds a Masters and Bachelors Degree from The Crawford College of Art & Design.
Previous solo shows include Between Chance and Rhyme at The Hunt Museum, New paintings at the The Fenton Gallery, A Light Enters the Land at the BlueLeaf Gallery, Pure at The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dust at the Garter Lane Arts Centre, Hansels House at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,Dancing Parade at the Triskel Arts Centre, M.A by Research at the Wandesford Quay Gallery, Final State at the BlueLeaf Gallery, Vessels at The Luan Gallery, A Place Found at The Sternview Gallery, Season Map at The Gallery Room @ Liss Ard Estate and most recently In its Reflection with Solomon Fine Art.
He is a recipient of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship 2016, 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 Irish Central Bank, The Irish National Treasury Management Agency, University College Cork, University College Dublin, Smurfit Business School, AIB Bank, The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, NCB Stockbrokers, The Cork Opera House, Cork City Council, The Irish Office of Public Works, Cork Institute of Technology, The American Embassy in Dublin, Deloitte, Investec and private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, France, USA & Canada