Thom Roberts

Thom Roberts with the One Another X Studio A range, July 2018, part of the Studio A Design Partnerships Program, partnering Studio A artists with designers and manufacturers.

Thom Roberts with the One Another X Studio A range, July 2018, part of the Studio A Design Partnerships Program, partnering Studio A artists with designers and manufacturers.

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. In 2018, Thom’s Archibald entry portrait of well known Australian architect Phillip Cox, was selected to be displayed in the Salon de Refuses, SH Irwin, Observatory Hill.

In 2018 Thom was also 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’.

Most recently Thom’s work has been selected by the City of Sydney as part of a larger Studio A collaboration for their site works hoarding commission. In September 2019 Thom travelled to Cesana, Italy for a week long residency at Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio under the mentorship of SRS Director Chiara Guidi and Scott Wright Artistic Director of Erth Visual and Physical Inc.


Awards, Prizes and Grants

2019 Cultural Copyright Ignite Award Recipient to undertake a residency at Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (SRS) in Cesana, Italy.

2018 Selected for The National 2019: New Australian Art, Carriageworks Selected for the Salon des Refusés, S.H.Ervin Gallery, The Rocks

2016 Recipient of the Westpac Diversity and Inclusion commission Recipient of Blooming Arts Award: Judges Choice Award, Inner West Council

2014 ArtsNSW Artist Support Grant (Thom and Angelmouse)

2013 Amplify award for emerging artists

Residencies and Collaborations

2019 Artist in Residence at Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (SRS) in Cesana, Italy.

2014 – 2018 Collaboration with artist, Harriet Body: Thom and Angelmouse

2018 Collaboration with One Another, ethical homewares design company

2017 Artist in Residence for Birdfoxmonster, Carriageworks, Sydney / Artist in Residence for Birdfoxmonster, Bundanon Trust, Bundanon / Artist in Residence for Birdfoxmonster, Mud Australia, Newtown

2016 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery artist in residence (Thom and Angelmouse) / Bundanon Artist Residency, Bundanon / Carriageworks ‘In Development’ for Bird Fox Monster

2011 Artist in Residence at The Paper Mill, Sydney


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 The National: New Australian Art 2019, Carriageworks, Sydney

2018 Spilt Milk Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra / Salon des Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Millers Point / Paired, Firstdraft, Woolloomooloo / Suburbia, Cement Fondu, Paddington / Fbi Art Auction, National Art School, Darlinghurst

2017 birdfoxmonster, Carriageworks, Eveleigh / Sydney Contemporary art fair, Carriageworks, Eveleigh / The Big Anxiety festival, Customs House, Circular Quay (Thom and Angelmouse) / Cementa Arts Festival, Kandos / Phoenix Serenade, Art Month Art Bar, Redfern/Chippendale Precinct, Cake Wines, Eveleigh (The Props Collective)

2016 Westpac Diversity and Inclusion Strategy exhibition, Barangaroo / birdfoxmonster, Carriageworks, Sydney / Wonder: Contemporary Art For Children, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea (Thom and Angelmouse) / Studio A: Flying High, SCA Galleries

2015 Underbelly Arts Festival, Cockatoo Island, Sydney (Thom and Angelmouse)

2014/15 Renegades, national touring exhibition, curated by Camille Masson-Talasier and Ingrid Hoffman

2013 Paper to Puppetry, GAFFA gallery, Sydney Queens, Screens and Cone Heads, Koskela, Sydney

2011 Four x Four, The Papermill, Sydney


Other Experience

2018 Live drawing as a guest artist at Spilt Milk, Canberra / Live drawing Bird Love Colour Wheel at the North Sydney Children’s Festival

2017 Invited speaker, Arts Activated: Pathways to Practice, conference for Disability Arts sector (Thom and Angelmouse) 


The National: New Australian Art 2019

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Thom Roberts Counts Trains - The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, March 2019, 18 resin coated polyester fabric banners

Thom Roberts Counts Trains - The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, March 2019, 18 resin coated polyester fabric banners


Paintings

Burt the Oscar Train, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 101.0cm x 119.0cm

Burt the Oscar Train, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 101.0cm x 119.0cm

Energy (Romy), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76.0cm x 101.5cm

Energy (Romy), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76.0cm x 101.5cm

Dodley Builds Skyscrapers, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76.0cm x 101.5cm

Dodley Builds Skyscrapers, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76.0cm x 101.5cm

Silver 'S' Sets, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 86.5cm x 103.5cm

Silver 'S' Sets, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 86.5cm x 103.5cm


Cementa17, Kandos

Thom Roberts, The Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts' Workshop, Cementa Festival, Kandos, April 2017

Thom Roberts, The Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts' Workshop, Cementa Festival, Kandos, April 2017

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Thom Roberts, Portrait Crow with Bugs, animated drawing of his own crown with millipedes. The artwork was presented as a projection and created for Cementa17 in Kandos, April 2017.


birdfoxmonster

birdfoxmonster, 2017, a multi-sensorial performance and dining experience created through a new collaboration between Studio A and Erth Visual and Physical Inc., presented by Carriageworks.


Tower Up

Thom and Angelmouse, Get Up and Boogie, 2015, HD digital animation, stereo sound, 16:9, 2′00″

Originally shown in Tower Up, an installation by the collaborative art practice of Thom Roberts and Harriet Body (Angelmouse). Made for Wonder at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, June - August, 2015

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Crown Readings

Thom Roberts is fascinated with reading peoples crowns (the spiral where your hair grows from) and draws the animals and creatures he perceives as residing in subjects’ crowns. Thom Roberts performing ‘crown readings’ at the Studio A Love Launch February 2018.

Thom Roberts is fascinated with reading peoples crowns (the spiral where your hair grows from) and draws the animals and creatures he perceives as residing in subjects’ crowns. Thom Roberts performing ‘crown readings’ at the Studio A Love Launch February 2018.