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Tom Blake

Tom Blake

Tom is an exciting artist to watch, he travels widely for residencies and regularly exhibits at art spaces around Australia. His works carry a certain enigmatic quality. I love the way his shimmering, abstract forms and lines reappear and materialise across various surfaces. The seeming simplicity of his compositions bely an acute sensitivity to material, form, and space. 

 — Sarah Wall, PICA Curator

Artist Profile

Tom Blake‘s solo and collaborative practice draws on fragmented moments, looped imagery and recurring motifs as potential sites for contemplating the architectural, psychological, and technological frameworks that surround us. Drawing and video are starting points for many of this Boorloo/Perth-born and now Gadigal Country/Sydney-based artist’s works, with gestures, notations and forms often repeating across different mediums as they become increasingly fragmented. 

Blake’s work has been presented nationally and internationally, including Artspace; KNULP; Firstdraft, SPRING1883 and Carriageworks (all Sydney); IMA (Brisbane); the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Fremantle Biennale (Perth); and the Antarctic Pavilion (Venice, Italy). Blake has undertaken residencies with Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), North Metro TAFE (all Perth); Tenjinyama Art Studio (Sapporo, Japan); MAM Chiloé (Los Lagos, Chile); and Parramatta Artists’ Studios (Sydney). Blake was a finalist in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, Blake Prize, Dobell Drawing Prize and awarded a Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artist Mentorship. In 2021, A.P.E published BAUXIDE, an artist book by Blake and Dominique Chen, commissioned as part of the Lost Rocks (2017–21) series.  

Tom Blake is represented by N.Smith gallery in Sydney. Visit his website.

PICA Salon Vernissage 2022

He is one of the artists in Out of Bounds (2022), curated by PICA Curator Sarah Wall and Hatched Curatorial Fellow Miranda Johnson. His work was available for sale at PICA’s signature donor event PICA Salon Vernissage 2022 on Saturday 6 August.

Artworks for Sale at Salon Vernissage

Tom Blake
holding (index/loop), 2022
cyanotype, artist-made brass frame
31 x 41cm
Tom Blake
fountain (reflection), 2022
hand etched de-silvered mirror, custom LED light box, artist-made aluminium frame
31 x 41cm
Tom Blake
floating lines, 2022
cyanotype, artist-made brass frame
31 x 41cm
Tom Blake
floating lines (reflection), 2022
hand etched de-silvered mirror, custom LED light box, artist-made aluminium frame
31 x 41cm
Tom Blake
constellations (leafing, holding), 2022
cyanotype, artist-made brass frame
40 x 50cm
Tom Blake
holding a light (reflection), 2022
hand etched de-silvered mirror, custom LED light box, artist-made  aluminium frame
30 x 40cm

Salon 2022 Artists

From Out of Bounds

Tom BlakePascale Giorgi | Luisa Hansal & Tamara Marrington | Imogen Kotsoglo | Pip Lewi | Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge | Joana Partyka | Tyrown Waigana

From To companion a companion

Fernando do Campo


Exhibitions / Free
01 August – 02 October 2022

Out of Bounds

Event
06 August 2022

PICA Salon Vernissage 2022