TOM POLO
FUTURE FIGURATIVE (NEW PERSONAS)
17 JULY – 10 AUG 2013

Tom Polo
Modes of Perusasion 2013
acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm

Tom Polo
Not Me 2013
acrylic on clayboard
36 x 28 cm

Tom Polo
The future of honesty (2) 2013
oil pastel on paper

Tom Polo
The future of honesty (4) 2013
oil pastel on paper

Tom Polo
Positive Reinforcement 2012
acrylic and gouache on clayboard
36 x 28 cm

Tom Polo
The future of honesty (1) 2013
oil pastel on paper

Tom Polo
The future of honesty (3) 2013
oil pastel on paper


Gallery 9 is pleased to present Future Figurative (New Personas) by Tom Polo, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper exploring Polo’s interest in using portraiture to represent an ongoing anxiety associated with the human condition.

Sitting between figuration and abstraction, Polo’s personas – in the form of masks, caricatures and vessels - appear to be performing simple actions of looking, turning away and gesturing elsewhere, whilst hinting at states of psychological change and transformation. Polo’s interest in personal futures, doubt, expectation and achievement are implied in the series titled The Future of Honesty, a collection of four works which casually hint at the potential in predicting what’s to come – for each of us and indeed for the future of art.

Tom Polo (b. 1985) lives and works in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons. Class 1) and Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Since 2007, Polo has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around Sydney as well as in Melbourne, Brisbane and London. Recent exhibitions include Uncertain Pastures, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Time & Vision: New Work from Australian Artists, Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London, 2012; GESTURES AND MISTAKES, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2012; Disappointed With Everything (It Happens), GrantPirrie, Sydney, 2011; and; DISAPPOINTED WITH MANY PEOPLE & THINGS, ACME Project Space, London, UK, 2011.

He has been a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art Award, the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Award, The Blake Prize and Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship and in 2011 won the Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award. Polo has undertaken residencies at Queen Street Studios (at Fraser Studios), Parramatta Artists Studios, The Lockup Cultural Centre, Newcastle and the Australia Council’s London Studio. His work has been collected by Artbank, Terrace Towers and private collectors in Australia, the UK and USA.