As the fires around this land slowly settle i can start to see how quickly the landscape begins to rebuild. For us as human beings tho the scars and sense of time move in different ways. A tribute to the ultimate resilience of the natural landscape and how we can learn from its strength and pursuit for growth. And like the landscape constantly evolving through a dance of creation and destruction I aim within my work to allow for the push and pull of these forces.
– Neil Tomkins, February 2020
‘Until it is framed, each painting is at risk of complete alteration. The day before my visit, Tomkins was putting the final touches on a mammoth work. His progress must have halted, because on a whim he whipped the painting around, hanging it on its side. With a fresh palette, he went at the canvas, covering the surface almost completely. By the time of my visit, only a memory of the original image shimmers through the layered paint. As I leaf through a stack of the photo collages he puzzles together as jumping off points, Tomkins is adding to a brand-new composition.’