Neil Ernest Tomkins
Sydney Based Painter


Through ten years of oil painting, Tomkins continues to explore a contemporary approach to mark making & this classic medium.

Including an extensive collection of various commission projects & murals, Neil has also been involved in various artists residencies and studio programs. These include locations such as, Peru, South America, Mexico & Tasmania.


  • Wollongong University
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • Charlie Sheard’s Academy School


  • Glebe Art Prize, Winner Youth Prize, Sydney 2011
  • Matching Grants, City of Sydney, 2012
  • Out of Sight Wining Mural, Leichardt City Council, 2012
  • Wall 2 Wall, 3rd Prize Winner, Leichardt City Council, 2014
  • Fishers Ghost Art Award, Finalist, 2015
  • Waverly Art Prize, finalist, 2016
  • Qbank Residency, TAS, Australia, 2017
  • Raizvanguarda, Gois, Portugal, 2018



    • Tomkins at Sea, Private Boat Showing, Sydney, 2017

    • Rising Dark, New standard Gallery, Sydney, 2017 (solo)
    • A Deep Rumble, New Standard Gallery, Sydney, 2016 (solo)


    • East Of Eventuality, GINKGO gallery, Sydney, 2014 (solo)
    • Neil Tomkins and Lina Zinal, Skunkworks Gallery, Sydeny, 2014
    • Neil E Tomkins, GINKGO gallery, Sydney, 2013 (solo)
    • SCA Graduation Show, Sydney Collage of the Arts, 2010
    • Animals and Landscape, MiLs Gallery, Sydney, 2010 (solo)
    • Birds and Friends, Abattoir Gallery, Sydney, 2008 (solo)
    • New and Old work, Long Gallery, Wollongong, 2007 (solo)



    • June Group show, New Standard Gallery, Sydney 2017
    • Lost Horizons, Alpha Gallery, Sydney 2017
    • Higher Ground, Kinokuniya Gallery, Sydney 2016
    • Urban Art- Parked, Artesian4, Sydney 2015
    • Artesian4, North Sydney, 2014
    • Until Next Time, Tate Gallery, Sydney 2014
    • Christmas Show, Corner Collective, Sydney 2014
    • We, The Muse, Ambush Gallery, Sydney 2014
    • Juddy Roller, Melbourne, 2013
    • Project Ugly at Outpost, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, 2012
    • Communicating with Rocks, MiLs Gallery, Sydney 2011
    • New Blue Moon, Hibernian House, Sydney 2011
    • Driftwood, Oh Really Gallery, Sydney, 2009
    • 2 Young Painters, Cat and Fiddle Gallery, Sydney, 2009
    • 10 Young Artists, Project Gallery, Wollongong, 200

A long-standing & productive residency at the Annandale Higher Ground Studios continues to be host to his exploration of painting, mark making & his continued play with the notions of these themes. His current subject matters are focusing on; Australian &  South American Landscapes, Expressive Portraiture and Still Lifes. Tomkins goal is to explore the malleable nature of expressionism. Having been labeled as both an impressionist and an expressionist by various features in media throughout his ten-year career. His overall goal is to create a balance between these two schools of practice.

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If you would like to contact Neil for a commission based work, mural or for general sales & inquiries contact:

PH: 04 301 299 53




Public Murals Nationally and Internationally and works in private collections in New York, Mongolia, Mexico and South America.


Community-based artistic workshops created around drawing, painting, and skateboarding. Created in collaboration with the community and based on youth empowerment and art therapy.

For bookings contact me at www.streetcreaturesworkshops.com

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Connecting with the masters of the past, the Impressionists and their successors, gives your work both freshness and a sense of timelessness. I’m a fan and will be looking in to see your work progress – well done!

  2. Hi Neil! I saw your street art at the new brewery and got your name from a woman at the nearby cafe. It’s fabulous. Just looked at your website and am equally impressed! My daughter is a talented artist, she’s 11, and has an assignment on street art in Newtown. We were wondering if you could give us an hour of your time to meet up and talk about your work in the streets? Her assignment is due next week, so not much time! But if you agree we may try and get an extension. We’ve just moved to Sydney and she’s been having a hard time settling in, and this project has helped her a little…but meeting you could really help change her life around.

    So hopefully you are around and have time to catch up and talk art!

    Looking forward to hearing from you! And keen to know when your next show may be!

    Best regards,

    Belinda Pratten and Ruby Helmreich

    1. ^ he currently has a show at Ginkgo Gallery, 166 St John’s Rd Glebe.
      For street art workshops & info /meet other artists you should visit Pine Street Gallery, Pine Street Chippendale & talk to Christie or Craig! (or Chris, if he still works there?) They do stencilling workshops for youth, events + other workshops during school holidays.
      Hope the assignment went well!

  3. ^ he currently has a show at Ginkgo Gallery, 166 St John’s Rd Glebe. on until 17th of June, 2013.

    For street art workshops & info /meet other artists you should visit Pine Street Gallery, Pine Street Chippendale & talk to Christie or Craig! (or Chris, if he still works there?) They do stenciling workshops for youth, events, exhibitions + other workshops during school holidays.

    Hope the assignment went well!

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    1. Hey thanks for your comment.

      ive been doing alot of travelling and working in the studio. im aiming to show later this year.
      i can inform you of up coming shows if youd like or your always welcome to come to the studio.

      thansk again. regards

  5. Hello Neil, I just bought a painting of yours (North Sydney Wilson carpark) I then looked at your website and feel in love with those beautiful landscapes as well they are sooooo cool!! Do you have anything available. Thank you Kelly

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