b. 1985, Australia

Tom Polo Biography

Tom Polo was born in 1985 and lives and works in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) 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. 

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His practice was initially inspired by an incident in 2009, in which he noticed a tattoo on the back of a passenger on a bus. This experience is demonstrative of Polo's preoccupation with text in his work that is largely inspired by observations of the everyday. For years he has observed exchanges and conversations that occur on public transport on which he spends much of his time. The result is colourful and playful works that, through the juxtaposition of text and image, make a social commentary on contemporary issues. 

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 the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. In 2011 he was the recipient of 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 Group and private collectors in Australia, the UK and USA.
 

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bitten by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polo bitten, 2023 Acrylic and oil stick on canvas
213 x 198 cm
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I am the reason (fading fast) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork drawing
Tom Polo I am the reason (fading fast), 2023 Acrylic on paper, framed with Optium Museum Acrylic in walnut stained oak wood
41 x 31 cm
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ready to dissolve (I still believe in you) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork drawing
Tom Polo ready to dissolve (I still believe in you), 2023 Acrylic and Flashe on paper, framed with Optium Museum Acrylic in walnut stained oak wood
76 x 56 cm
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I am a fence, you see a boundary by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polo I am a fence, you see a boundary, 2023 Acrylic and Flashe on canvas
60 x 50 cm
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trust is a funny task by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polo trust is a funny task, 2023 Acrylic and Flashe on canvas
60 x 50 cm
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an eye for an eye side eye by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polo an eye for an eye side eye, 2023 Acrylic and Flashe on canvas
182 x 71 cm
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ready to dissolve (time to decide) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tom Polo ready to dissolve (time to decide), 2023 Acrylic, Flashe and wax pastel on paper
76 x 56 cm
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ready to dissolve (too many takes) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tom Polo ready to dissolve (too many takes), 2023 Acrylic and Flashe on paper
76 x 56 cm
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