Thom Roberts has a fascination and deep personal connection with trains. He sees them as having their own personalities and characters; they are his friends.
Thom Roberts’ painting practice is one part of his varied oeuvre: a keen collaborator Thom has also worked in performance, video animation, installation, and design. Thom is a skilled draftsman, able to quickly translate landscapes and portraits in a traditional and representational style. Yet, Thom’s primary interest is in his installation practice.
In 2013 Thom was awarded an Amplify emerging artists grant. 2014 saw the beginning of a collaborative project with artist, Harriet Body called ‘Thom and Angelmouse’. In 2015 Thom and Angelmouse were exhibiting artists in the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island. In 2016 they contributed to an exhibition of contemporary art for children at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, and in 2017 created a new work for Big Anxiety, a city-wide festival examining art and mental health.
In 2016/17 Thom was a collaborating artist on the birdfoxmonster project with Erth Visual and Physical Inc, supported by Carriageworks, and in 2017 he exhibited at Cementa Festival in Kandos.
Most recently Thom was one of 70 artists chosen for The National: New Australian Art 2019 at Carriageworks, Eveleigh. For this exhibition Thom created a series of 16 paintings titled Thom Roberts Counts Trains.