the painting practice of neil ernest tomkins

About Neil Ernest Tomkins


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Neil Tomkins is a Sydney based Artist working within the medium of painting. He is currently training in the  traditional spectrum of oil painting but seeks to express a contemporary approach to mark.
He has been painting for about 10 years. During this time he has studied at both Wollongong University and Sydney Collage of the Arts as well as Charlie Sheard’s Academy School

He has exhibited at Project Space, Lo-Fi Darlo Markets, Dedspace, MiLs Gallery, Oh Really!?, Abattoir Gallery, Black town Arts Centre, Glebe Art Prize (winner youth award) and Long Gallery amongst others in both Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne. He has also worked on various commission projects and murals.

Neil has been involved in various residency and studio programs in Peru, South America and Mexico as well as mural projects in these areas. Neil works on various mural and commission based projects.
Neil holds a residency at Higher Ground Studio in Annandale, Sydney.

Currently, Neil is concerned with a relatively traditional subject matter; Australian landscape, expressive portraiture and still life. In doing so he aims more to contort and play with the notions of these themes. The object being to explore the malleable nature of expressionism. Neil has been labeled as both an impressionist and an expressionist to this end.

His aim is to find a balance between these two schools.

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if you would like to contact Neil for a commission based work, mural or for general sales and enquiries contact:


Neil Ernest Tomkins

PH: 04 301 299 53


Bachelor Visual Arts (2011)

Wollongong University (2007- 08)

Sydney Collage of the Arts (2008- 10)

Charlie Sheard Studio School (2011)

Major- Painting
Minor- Print media


  • 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, Finalist, Campbelltown Arts Center, 2015


  • East Of Eventuality, GINKGO gallery, Sydney, 2013 (solo)
  • Neil Tomkins and Lina Zinal, Skunkworks Gallery, Sydeny, 2013
  • Neil E Tomkins, GINKGO gallery, Sydney, 2012 (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


  • Artesian4, North Sydney, 2014
  • Until Next Time, Tate Gallery, Sydney 2014
  • Group Show, Ginkgo Gallery, Sydney, 2012
  • 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, 2007


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 around youth empowerment and art therapy.

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13 responses

  1. Alky

    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!

    October 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

    • the intention of my work comes clear to you and that i truly appreciate your time for. thanks for taking the time.

      October 5, 2012 at 12:50 am

  2. kt

    Neil you are sensational. I like your cranes.
    Miss you.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  3. 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

    June 5, 2013 at 7:29 am

    • ^ 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!

      July 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

  4. ^ 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!

    July 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  5. chileans from machu picchu

    Hey neil, sorry but i lost your comtact card, we want to go out with you tonight here in cusco, please whats app me to +56977796039 or email

    March 1, 2014 at 4:23 am

  6. heee my friend !!

    May 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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  8. Robert

    Really love your work. A Bruce highway painting I saw was truly amazing.

    Are you doing any shows in Sydney???

    March 3, 2015 at 10:07 am

    • 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

      March 10, 2015 at 5:08 am

    • Hey Robert thank you very much. I’m currently working on the studio on a body of work based on travels in Latin America. Your welcome to come by any time

      June 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

  9. Kelly Brown 0419291871

    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

    June 11, 2015 at 3:59 am

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