Approved: 29.04.2019

Tom Climent

Artist

Approved: 29.04.2019

I have been working full time as an artist since I initially left The Crawford College of Art & Design in 1995. Recently in 2009 I returned there to complete a research Masters in painting and sculpture. My work has varied over those years, but recently it is focused around spatial constructs and how they might provide a structured space for our existence. Taking a basic structure as an analogy for our place in the world, I started to create very rudimentary spatial structures; a fundamental shape or vessel that could contain a human presence. As we navigate our world our spatial ability becomes spatial knowledge and with this knowledge we create a place for ourselves. Our expression of this place inheres in the kinds of structures we create for inhabitation.

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    Artist Statement

    I have been working full time as an artist since I initially left The Crawford College of Art & Design in 1995. Recently in 2009 I returned there to complete a research Masters in painting and sculpture. My work has varied over those years, but recently it is focused around spatial constructs and how they might provide a structured space for our existence. Taking a basic structure as an analogy for our place in the world, I started to create very rudimentary spatial structures; a fundamental shape or vessel that could contain a human presence. As we navigate our world our spatial ability becomes spatial knowledge and with this knowledge we create a place for ourselves. Our expression of this place inheres in the kinds of structures we create for inhabitation.

    When I started on on this new phase of work it was the notion of a self- contained space that became the original spark for them. The way I work is mostly intuitive. I paint to discover something. How some sort of balance or idea can prevail. I allow both accident and structure to guide me.

    I have a rough idea before I start, the initial colours and shapes start a process of discovering what the painting will become. These first marks and shapes are catalysts for a process that requires me to constantly reevaluate what’s important. Over the last few years my work has become more intricate and complex in structure.  As traces of memories and feelings accumulate and overlap on the canvas, construction and deconstruction become active tools in the creation of the paintings. 

     

     

    CV & Education

    Tom Climent Curriculum Vitae

    Education: Crawford College of Art and Design: BA Fine Art (Honours) 1995, MA by Research 2011

     

    Place and Date of Birth: Cork, Ireland, 14/05/1970

     

    Email: tomcliment@mail.com

     

     

    Exhibitions

     

    Solo

     

    2017  Quadrants, Custom House Gallery & Studios, Westport, Co.Mayo

    2016  Future Light, Sternview Gallery, Cork

    2016  In its Reflection, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

    2015  Season Map, The Gallery Room @ Liss Ard Estate, Cork

    2014  A Place Found, Sternview Gallery, Cork

    2014  Vessels, The Luan Gallery, Athlone

    2012  Final State, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin

    2011  MA by Research, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

    2010  Harvester House, South Tipperary Arts Centre    

    2010  Ashlar, Alley Theatre Arts Centre,Tyronne        

    2009  Dust, Garter Lane Arts Centre,Waterford  

    2008  Between Chance and Rhyme, The Hunt Museum, Limerick   

    2007  Hansels House, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

    2005  A Light Enters the Land, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin

    2003  New Paintings, Fenton Gallery, Cork    

    2000  Forgiveness, Gallery 44, Cork 

    1998  Dancing Parade, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork     

    1997  Pure, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin

    1996  Stolen Beauty, Blackcombe Gallery, Cork     

    1994  New Paintings, Blackcombe Gallery ,Cork 

     

    Selected Group Shows

     

    2016  Oriel Davis Open 2016, Oriel Davis Gallery, Wales

    2016  A Terrible Beauty is Born, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

    2016  Celebrating Being Irish, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

    2016  Easter Group Exhibition, Solomon Fine Art. Dublin

    2016  Irish Wave 2016, NING SPACE & Sanwei Art Center, Beijing & Shanghai, China

    2016  Hermione Art Exhibition,  Alexandra College, Dublin

    2016  Spectrum, Herrick Gallery, London, UK

    2015  Winter Exhibition, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

    2015  NN Open Exhibition 2015, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK

    2015  Winter Open Exhibition 2015, RUA RED, Dublin

    2015  Annual, Sternview Gallery, Cork

    2015  VUE National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Dublin

    2015  18”x14”, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

    2015  Curator’s Choice, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

    2015  Arte Internazionale, Matera, Italy

    2015  Unfolding B, The Doswell Gallery, Co.Cork

    2015  Impressions of W.B. Yeats, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

    2014  RUA Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    2014  4th Enniskillen Visual Arts Open, Higher Bridges Gallery, Co.Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

    2014  Selected Artist, Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival

    2014  RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, Dublin

    2014  Summer Exhibition, Mullan Gallery, Belfast

    2014  Summer Exhibition, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Co.Cork

    2014  Exposure, Doswell Gallery, Co.Cork

    2013  Winter Exhibition, Mullan Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    2013  VUE Art Fair|Catherine Hammond Gallery, RHA Gallery, Dublin

    2013  Art Toronto, BlueLeaf Gallery

    2013  Trí, Tom Climent/Marty Kelly/Suzy O’Mullane, J.Cacciola Gallery, New York

    2013  Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast

    2013  Aideen Barry/Katherine Boucher-Beug/Tom Climent/Dorothy Cross, Engage Arts Festival,            Co.Cork

    2013  Summer Exhibition, Mullan Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    2013  Celebration, Catherine Hammond Gallery. Co.Cork

    2013  The Absence of Realism, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

    2012  Tom Climent/Bettina Seitz, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

    2012  Art Toronto, Art Miami & Art Chicago, BlueLeaf Gallery

    2012  Tom Climent/Gary Kearney/Vida Pain, Source Arts Centre, Tipperary

    2011  Tom Climent/Aidan Crotty/Stephen Lawlor, Lavit Gallery, Cork

    2011  Art Toronto, Art Chicago, Art Miami & Art Wynwood, BlueLeaf Gallery

    2010  Wildly Different Things, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin 

    2010  Art Toronto, Art Chicago & Art London, BlueLeaf Gallery    

    2010  CASE’10, Lavit Gallery, Cork

    2009  Engage Arts Festival, Cork

    2009  On The Verge,Tom Climent/Bridget Flannery/Carol Hodder/Siobhan McDonald,Cill Rialaig            Gallery, Kerry

    2009  Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival  

    2008  Winter Salon,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin

    2007  Art Now,The Hunt  Museum, Limerick           

    2006  Tom Climent/Paddy McCann, Fenton Gallery, Cork    

    2005  A Moment in Time,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin

    2005  C2,Crawford Gallery, Cork                         

    2004  Travelogue,Butler Gallery, Kilkenny          

    2004  Full Circle,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin           

    2004  Tom Climent/Sarah Walker,Fenton Gallery, Cork

    2000  Tom Climent/Clea VenderGrijn/Michelle Souter,Unit26, Dublin

    2000  RHA annual exhibition,RHA Gallery, Dublin     

    1996  Victor Treacey Award Show,Butler Gallery, Kilkenny     

    1996  Shelter,Crawford Gallery, Cork                      

    1995  New Painters,Crawford Gallery, Cork 

    1994  Fledglings,Lavitts Quay Gallery, Cork

     

    Awards

    Cork City Council Individual Artists Bursary Award 2014

    Working Art Grant Recipient Feburary 2014

    Tony O’Malley Travel Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Victor Treacey Award

    Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Award

    Featured Artist Cork Arts Fest 2000

    Featured Artist ArtTrail 1999

    Critics Choice Award 1997, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

     

    Collections

    The Central Bank

    National Treasury Management Agency

    University College Cork

    University College Dublin

    The American Embassy, Dublin

    AIB Bank

    The  Office of Public Works

    The Cork Opera House

    Cork City Council

    National Self-Portrait Collection

    Cork Institute of Technology

    Smurfit Business School

    NCB Stockbrokers

     

     

    Selected Bibliography

    2014         Mark Ewart Review of A Place Found, The Irish Examiner

    2014         Consolitated Practice, Article by Carissa Farrell, Visual Artists Ireland news sheet                    July/August

    2014         When it comes to art choose with your heart, Article by Margaret O’Brien, The                          Sunday Business Post

    2012         Cristin Leach-Hughes Review of Final State, BlueLeaf Gallery, The Sunday Times

    2010         Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Robert O'Byrne

    2009         Brendan Maher Review of Dust, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Start

    2009         Representing Art in Ireland, The Fenton Book, Essay by Alannah Hopkin

    2007         Aidan Dunne Review of Hansels House, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,The Irish Times

    2006         Decade, Introduction by Brian Fallon, Essay by Vera Ryan

    2005         Rising Stars, Article by Nikki Walsh, Select

    2004         Mark Ewart Review of Tom Climent/Sarah Walker,The Irish Times

    2003         Alannah Hopkin Review of New Paintings,Fenton Gallery,The Irish Examiner

    2003         Mark Ewart Review of New Paintings,Fenton Gallery,The Irish Times

    1999         Mark Ewart Review of Forgiveness,Featured Exhibition of Cork Arts Fest,The Irish                     Times

    1998         Alannah Hopkin Review of Dancing Parade,Triskel Arts Centre,The Sunday Times

    1998         Isabel Healy Review of Dancing Parade,Triskel Arts Centre,The Irish Examiner

    1997         Marion McKeone Review of Pure, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, The Sunday                        Business Post

    1997         Hilary Pyle Innocent Desire of Award Winner, Article to coincide with Tony O'Malley                 Award, The Irish Times