Writing & Media

Interviews & Write Up’s


Painting Inner Worlds
by Oliver Wagner

October  2019


“Tomkins’ iconography extends from impression to expression and juxtaposes mimetic detail with objectless abstraction. He frequently combines the formality of broken-up shapes with the painterly shimmering light of glistening colour fields in his pictures. ”

-Oliver Wagner


“This Dream Called Reality makes us believe Neil Tomkins when he tells us painting is his way of making sense of reality. His gestural strokes sharpen his vision”

-Sam Ramsden


Interview by Sam Ramsden THIS DREAM CALLED REALITY




a collaborative body of work by Neil Tomkins and Brad Teodoruk

Interview By Tommy Devy

“What does it mean when you have two artists playing that game of chess with the canvas.”

– Full Interview Here


with Raizvanguarda

“These art forms feel like they all create a “weavery” of understanding. I believe 
that in the alchemy of colour there exists a key.”


This could be your colour – Collaboration  by Yuri Nezovic & Neil Tomkins and

Neil Tomkins in Portugal 



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“Neil Tomkins is an anomaly; that kind of laid back cool you’d imagine would be hitching a ride to a waterfall in the 60s.”

Jamie Preisz of monsterchildren.com


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By James Watkins

“A modern-day alchemist holed up in his studio trying his best to make sense of himself, the world, and his place in it. He wasn’t pretending to have any real answers; painting wasn’t an answer, it was a distraction, therapy and an unanswerable question, like a mathematical equation that will never be solved.”

James Watkins of james-watkins.net



Collective Magazine interview

I’m sitting with Neil Tomkins, the person who penned that fairly profound opening statement, in his studio.

We are veritably surrounded by saws, hammers, gnarled pieces of driftwood, succulents, canvas materials, aerosol cans, neatly arranged paint brushes, opened art books, milk crates full of old sketch pads, drawings and of course, countless paintings.

He sits at a table; long unkempt hair, hand-weaved crystal necklace dangling from his neck, both wrists full of bracelets, singlet, a large platypus tattoo across his shoulder (which he designed), paint-covered pants and bare feet that look like they’ve spent plenty of time out of shoes. Staring down at a painting, he’s meditatively pushing red pigment over a previously painted brown when he begins talking.

“Even when I was a little baby, I was lucid dreaming. When I was just starting to walk I was having a lot of flying dreams. I felt very connected to the idea of astral projection, leaving my body in my sleep. When I was four, I used to create whole villages and civilisations out of plasticine”. He tells me, without looking up from his painting. “I’d get a board and I’d mould coloured plasticine and make trees and forests and villages and cities and temples full of warriors”. He seems to think that everything he’s just said was totally common behaviour for a four year old. It’s worth mentioning, that for the entirety of this interview he was constantly painting on a number of different surfaces. Wherever he is, art just seems to continually pour out of Tomkins, and it seems that is has always been this way. “I was always drawing when I was young. I was just always drawing.”


Rebels, Radicals, Renegades: Neil Tomkins (2009) from Tania H on Vimeo.
Interview at Sydney Collage of the Arts 2009


padstow to panania (detail)

“We journey through the physical landscape. Its effects on the self grow and form ideas over time; these ideas become a spirit of self and leave marks on the greater environment. Our feet leave prints. Those prints exist as memory and as history. That mark whether it continues to exist for a month or a lifetime becomes something organic. It is perceived, eaten and becomes entwined with the public. For it is owned by the public.”

Neil Tomkins for Powderzine.com


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