Painter & portraitist, exhibits in Sydney, Melbourne & Perth. Tom Alberts chronicles contemporary life, yet figures often seem to have entered the stage from another era and the events that are about to engross them are yet to begin. Time is therefore uncertain, the only imprecise element in a pictorial space that is extremely precise. This paradox is at the core of his approach to picture making. Drawing from sources as divergent as film noir, numerous artists from the Renaissance, Rembrandt, and everyday experience, he has constructed a body of work that engages us in a tangible sense of confrontation with the mysteries and incongruities of the commonplace.