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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.
 

Tom Polo Featured Artworks

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enter to exit (once) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tom Poloenter to exit (once), 2021acrylic and gouache on paper
37.5 x 29.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
enter to exit (twice) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tom Poloenter to exit (twice), 2021acrylic and gouache on paper
37.5 x 29.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
high hands, the fall by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tom Polohigh hands, the fall, 2021acrylic and Flashe on canvas
182 x 138 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
step in to step out (bigger boot) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polostep in to step out (bigger boot), 2021acrylic and Flashe on canvas
198 x 213 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tom PoloUntitled, 2021Acrylic and Flashe on canvas
64 x 52 cm
Yavuz Gallery Contact Gallery
clockwatch (for Roslyn Oxley9) by Tom Polo contemporary artwork installation, moving image
Tom Poloclockwatch (for Roslyn Oxley9), 2021wall painting and digital video
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
la paura continua by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polola paura continua, 2021acrylic and Flashe on canvas
60 x 50 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
where do you go, when no one knows by Tom Polo contemporary artwork painting
Tom Polowhere do you go, when no one knows, 2021acrylic and Flashe on canvas
60 x 50 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery

Tom Polo Recent Exhibitions

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