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About Roy Wilkins
ROY B WILKINSRoy Wilkins is an expressionist painter based in Melbourne Australia. He creates large-scale mixed media paintings on canvas.Born 1 January 1964 in Greenwich, South East London, Roy settled in Melbourne in 1999 and began painting the same year. He is largely self-taught with a lifelong passion for art and art history.Roy's paintings are created by experimentation with acrylics, ink, salt, drawing, collage, stenciling, and spray paint. This is applied in layers of patterns, shapes, lines and colour. They are reworked and layered until satisfying results arerevealed.The motivation for painting comes from feelings and reactions to music stimuli, usually electronic music.The images are emotional landscapes in a spontaneous abstract expressionist style. The subject matter is derived from tribal masks and incorporates abstract iconography. Artistic influences are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Albert Tucker and Jean De Buffet.On arrival in Melbourne Roy worked at Heide Art Gallery preparing the gallery for exhibitions. During this time he was privileged to view Albert Tucker's collection.This was a major motivation to dedicate his life to painting.Since 2008 Roy has had 6 solo exhibitions in Melbourne. He has been involvedin group exhibitions around Melbourne since 2002 and was a finalist in the Smorgon Steel Art Prize in 2001.In 2009 he was awarded Best in Show at Roberts McCubbin Art Show where the school purchased one of his paintings for their collection.In 2010 he won the prize of Highly Commended. His work is held in private collections in Australia, Spain, Portugal and England.Achievements include:Smorgon Steel Art finalist 2001: "Shoes and Teeth''Best in Show Roberts McCubbin Art Show 2009Roberts McCubbin acquired "Tropical Bloody Hell”Camberwell Girls Grammar Art Show acquired "Sad Emoticons” 201 1Best in Show Hart Art "Big Baby" 2011Highly commended Roberts McCubbin Art Show "The Green Man”2011Best Abstract/lnterpretive work Camberwell Rotary Art Show "Inner Chapel”2012.Represented by 19 Karen Gallery,Mermaid Beach,Gold Coast And Platform 72,Oxford St,Sydney,N.S.W. Featured In Vogue Living,Jan Issue 2017.The One's To Watch Art Edit Magazine Jan Issue 2017.
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