From 2pm Saturday 23rd September 2017, Chase Archer and Neil Tomkins present their joint show at Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown. If you can’t make it, here are some of the artworks that feature. For sales enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queenstown has a rich and complex history tied to the mining of copper from the surrounding mountains. This resource has marked the ebb and flow of the town’s history stretching back to the 1890s. Mining has become intertwined in the fabric of the area and community. When preparing for the residency, I deliberately avoided preparing ideas or concepts in my mind, with the expectation of creating works based on what I found while in Queenstown. I was struck by the strong history and sense of the past. A thing that is so often lost in larger communities. The paintings I have produced are reflective of this sense of history and nostalgia. The paintings draw inspiration from historic photos, depicting the early days of a truly magnificent State.
Neil Tomkins is a Sydney-based artist working within the medium of painting.
During the last 10 years, he has studied at Wollongong University, Sydney College of the Arts and Charlie Sheard’s Academy School.
He has exhibited at Project Space, Lo-Fi Darlo Markets, Dedspace, MiLs Gallery, Oh Really!?, Abattoir Gallery, Black town Arts Centre, Glebe Art Prize (winner youth award) and Long Gallery amongst others in both Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne. He has also worked on various commission projects and murals.
Neil has been involved in various residency and studio programs in Peru, South America, and Mexico as well as mural projects in these areas. Neil works on various mural and commission-based projects.
Currently, Neil is concerned with a relatively traditional subject matter: Australian landscape, expressive portraiture, and still life. In doing so, he aims more to contort and play with the notions of these themes. The object is to explore the malleable nature of expressionism, which has led to him being labeled as both an impressionist and an expressionist. His aim is to find a balance between these two schools.