Tom Polo

Ineffective Communication Long Sleeve T-shirt

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Tom Polo’s practice explores how doubt, gesture, tension and desire are embodied within extended acts of portraiture. The text, figures and caricatures that arise in his work, drawn from acute observations and encounters, pictorialise the performative relationships between himself, others and an audience, as well as the role of personas — imagined as well as the artist’s own — in mediating a reading of social space. 

About the Artist

Tom Polo (b. 1985 Sydney, Australia) studied painting at the College of Fine Arts from 2002–2011. Recent solo exhibitions include: Of defence and doubt, Galerie Transit, Brussels (2018); (These things) tell me more about you, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington Emotional Patrol, STATION, Melbourne (2017); Recent Positions, STATION, Melbourne (2016); What Goes On Here, Tom Polo for Spectrum Now, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2016); The fool faces sideways, STATION, Melbourne, VIC (2015); Even the best of us, STATION at Spring 1883, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, VIC (2014); Ways, Kalimanrawlins, Melbourne; Many Hands, West Space, Melbourne; Future Figurative (New Personas), Gallery 9, Sydney (2013). 

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