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Tom Leamon

Merzbau Gallery, Miami and Frameless Gallery, London present Irreverence - Tom Leamon’s first solo exhibition in the United States. On offer is a collection of paintings spanning the last 5 years, works which are both thought-provoking and playful. They are experiments into the deconstruction of the human form, on both a physical and psychological level.

Rooted in mark-making, symbolism, poetry / story-telling and illustration, Leamon’s works often combine meticulous detail with raw abstract painterly gestures. The artist uses painting as a release, and in a quasi-monastic fashion, Leamon locks himself in his studio for long periods of time working and reworking the surface of the canvas. With complete freedom and an enduring willingness to explore, his impulsive, almost childlike painting techniques represent both playtime and profound meditation.

Pixelated faceted figures give a nod to Picasso’s Harlequin, crowns, poison bottles and skulls echo Basquiat’s graffiti while works like The Search for The Emerald City and Mixing the Remedy feel almost like Aztec relics, re-imagined frescoes of a bygone era. 

The exhibition takes the viewer on a compelling journey into the dark depths of the human psyche, it contorts one’s senses and leaves the viewer with an overwhelming thirst to peal back one more layer of paint and discover more.

2015
2014
2013
2012

Group exhibition And You What Do You Worship? | The Crypt Euston  Road, London 

 2011

Group exhibition One Night Stand & Dressed For Breakfast | Cave, London 

2009

First Solo exhibition at the Rag Factory 

2005

Launch of 'The Lip Man Virus' art collective. Over the next two years the collective takes over a number of disused and commercial buildings all over London and organizes Pop Up Exhibitions 

2004

Bursary Award, Red Cow Art Studios for developing new work, Bermondsey, London 

2003

BA in Fine Art, Loughborough University, UK 2301 North Miami Ave, Miami Fl, 33127

Exhibitions in this gallery

Irreverence

Art work

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