3 2 B One
Roy B. Wilkins
5 - 24 June 2012
Opening Tuesday 5 June, 6-8pm
Roy B Wilkins returns to Tacit Contemporary Art for his latest solo exhibition, 3 2 B One, almost two years to the day since his first (Emo Expressionism, June 2010).
Since then, Roy has gained success in a number of art prizes including, most recently, the Best Abstract/ Interpretative Award at the Camberwell Rotary Art Show for Inner Chapel (lead image).
Born in Greenwich in South East London, Roy settled in Melbourne in 1999 and started painting that same year. Largely self-taught, he is an expressionist painter creating large-scale mixed media paintings on canvas.
His images are created by experimentation with acrylics, ink, salt, drawing, collage, stencilling and spray paint. This is applied in layers of patterns, shapes, lines and colour which are then reworked and layered until satisfying results are revealed.
The motivation for painting comes from feelings and reactions to music stimulae, usually repetitive electronic music. The images are emotional landscapes in a spontaneous abstract expressionist style. The subject matter is derived from tribal masks and incorporates abstracted iconography.
Artists who have inspired him include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ian Fairweather, Jean De Buffet, Sidney Nolan and Paul Klee.
Roy's work is held in private collections in Australia, Spain, Portugal and the UK as well as the Roberts McCubbin Art Collection and Camberwell Girls Grammar School.