Roy Tonkin

Works
Overview

My work is on paper; every picture is a one-off unique piece, the same as a painting. 

I use an etching press and the mono type process because I love the effects achievable only with ink and paper under pressure.

 

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Biography

Most of the work has had some hand work done after the printing process, but many of them are untouched from when they were printed.

I love the techniques and the process of mono type, rolling, blending, wiping, splatter, spraying, as well as painting.

I use an etching press and the mono type process because I love the effects achievable only with ink and paper under pressure.

 

My current work started with having a studio by the river Thames, I started there with City views, naturally moving to river scapes and then going onwards in to the sea.

My Influences are varied; from Picasso, Lozowick, Matisse and the Fauveist painters through to Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Anish Kapoor and the incomparable J.W.M. Turner.

Art is my life and how I best express myself, I can't be without it, making it or looking at it; art is like reading books, it helps us, or me at any rate, understand how other people tick.

 

Biography

- Bath Academy of Art: BA Honours, Fine Art (2:1)

- West Surrey College of Art and Design: Foundation Course in Fine Art

Areas of specialisation in college: Ceramics, photography and etching

Professional Experience

I maintain a studio near (actually underneath!) Clapham Junction in South London where I make my own work, mainly in Monotype Etching.

1996 - 2005: Producing editions of Traditional, Carborandum and Monotype Etchings.

1990 - 1996: Master Printer Proofer for London Contemporary Art.

1982 - 1989: Maintaining a ceramics studio in London, for solo exhibitions and commissions