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Helen McCullagh

Tom Climent

Tom Climent is a painter based in Cork City. He is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design where he recieved a B.A in 1995 and a Masters by Research in 2011.  His work over the last twenty years or so has varied from paintings of figurative, urban and landscape subjects. His most recent work tends to focus on the creation of a structured space, while investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation.

This new series of paintings is focused around spatial constructs and how they might provide a structured space in our environment. Referencing landscape, various types of structures and natural phenomena, the compositions range from the visually complex to simple basic structures. By the manipulation of the materials, scale and weight of these structures, Climent tries to obscure their basic properties and any identifiable purpose. It suggests a narrative but never actually reveals what that might be. The paintings also investigate materiality and aesthetics. The layers and the mobility of the paint and textures become a witness to the thought process of their making. The final result is a surface that is open like an archaeological site.

“The way I work is largely intuitive, painting for me starts a process of discovering unintended connections and relationships, of trying to search for reason and meaning in each work that emerges. The first marks and structures create the environment for a process that requires me to constantly re-evaluate what’s important so I can find out what the painting will be. I feel as if I’m in a relationship with the painting, it guides me as much as I control it.”

Previous solo shows in Ireland include Between Chance and Rhyme at The Hunt Museum, New Paintings at the The Fenton Gallery, Pure at The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Hansel’s House at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dancing Parade at the Triskel Arts Centre, Vessels at The Luan Gallery, Voyager at the Sternview Gallery and Aspect at Solomon Fine Art.  His work has been selected for the annual exhibitions at the RHA and RUA. Recently he was selected for the Oriel Davis Open at the Oriel Davis Gallery in Wales and the ARTWORKS and HORTONS PRIZE at VISUAL in Carlow. In Spring 2016 he took part in Irish Wave, a collaborative exhibition in Shanghai and Beijing. In 2019 he was invited to take part in Youyi, the visual art section of the celebration of 40 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and China. The exhibition travelled from Hangzhou to Shanghai and Beijing.

He has participated in group exhibitions in London with the Herrick Gallery and in New York with the J. Cacciola Gallery and The Painting Center.

He is also a recipient of the Heinrich Boll Cottage Residency, a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Cork City Council Individual Artists Bursary Award 2014, Working Art Grant 2014, Tony O’Malley Travel Award, Victor Treacy Award and a Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Award.

His work is in the collections of The Central Bank, The National Treasury Management Agency, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Smurfit Business School, AIB Bank, The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, NCB Stockbrokers, The Cork Opera House, Cork City Council, The Office of Public Works, Cork Institute of Technology, The American Embassy in Dublin, Deloitte, Investec, Allianz, Ibec, Waterford Healing Trust and private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, France, USA & Canada.



Crawford College of Art and Design: BA Fine Art (Honours) 1995, MA by Research 2011






2020  Everlast, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2019  Transmission, GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford City

2018  Voyager, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2018  Aspect, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2018  Latitudes, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co.Laois

2017  Quadrants, Custom House Gallery & Studios, Mayo

2016  Future Light, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2016  In its Reflection, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2015  Season Map, The Gallery Room @ Liss Ard Estate, Co. Cork

2014  A Place Found, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2014  Vessels, The Luan Gallery, Athlone

2012  Final State, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin

2011  MA by Research, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

2010  Harvester House, South Tipperary Arts Centre    

2010   Ashlar, Alley Theatre Arts Centre,Tyronne, Northern Ireland        

2009  Dust, Garter Lane Arts Centre,Waterford  

2008  Between Chance and Rhyme, The Hunt Museum, Limerick   

2007  Hansel’s House, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2005  A Light Enters the Land, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin

2003  New Paintings, Fenton Gallery, Cork    

2000  Forgiveness, Gallery 44, Cork 

1998  Dancing Parade, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork     

1997  Pure, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin

1996  Stolen Beauty, Blackcombe Gallery, Cork     

1994  New Paintings, Blackcombe Gallery ,Cork 


Selected Group Shows


2020  This is a Painting Show, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2019  VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Galleries, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2019  Artform Annual Art Fair, #44 The Quay, Waterford

2019  Youyi, Hangzhou Public Library, Irish Embassy Shanghai & Beijing, China

2019  The Land is Still Being Formed, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2019  Four Landscape Painters, Blue House Gallery, Schull, Co.Cork

2019  Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Co.Roscommon

2019  The Land is Still Being Formed, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2018  VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Galleries, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2018  Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Co.Roscommon

2018  Small Works, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

2017  The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork

2017  Annual, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2017  The Space Between; An exhibition featuring a selection of artworks the OPW art collections, 

           Pearse Museum, Dublin

2017  Winter Exhibition, Custom House Gallery & Studios, Westport, Co.Mayo

2017  VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Galleries, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2017  Halycon Days, glór, Ennis, Co.Clare

2017  Skibbereen Arts Festival, Co.Cork

2017  Boyle Arts Festival, Co.Roscommon

2017  Virginia Teehan Selects, Lavit Gallery, Cork

2017  Hermoine Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin

2016  VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Galleries, Dublin

2016  Glow, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Co.Cork

2016  SHUFFLE, Herrick Gallery, London          

2016  The Retrieval of the Beautiful, The Painting Center, New York


2016  Oriel Davis Open 2016, Oriel Davis Gallery, Wales

2016  A Terrible Beauty is Born, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

2016  Celebrating Being Irish, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

2016  Easter Group Exhibition, Solomon Fine Art. Dublin

2016  Irish Wave 2016, NING SPACE & Sanwei Art Center, Beijing & Shanghai, China

2016  Hermione Art Exhibition,  Alexandra College, Dublin

2016  Spectrum, Herrick Gallery, London

2015  Winter Exhibition, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

2015  NN Open Exhibition 2015, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK

2015  Winter Open Exhibition 2015, RUA RED, Dublin

2015  Annual, Sternview Gallery, Cork

2015  VUE National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Dublin

2015  Tom Climent/Sheenagh Geoghegan/Marianne Keating, Keo Design, Wexford Opera Festival

2015  18”x14”, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

2015  Curator’s Choice, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

2015  Arte Internazionale, Matera, Italy

2015  Unfolding B, The Doswell Gallery, Co.Cork

2015  Impressions of W.B. Yeats, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

2014  RUA Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2014  4th Enniskillen Visual Arts Open, Higher Bridges Gallery, Co.Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

2014  Selected Artist, Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival

2014  RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, Dublin

2014  Summer Exhibition, Mullan Gallery, Belfast

2014  Summer Exhibition, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Co.Cork

2014  Exposure, Doswell Gallery, Co.Cork

2013  Winter Exhibition, Mullan Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2013  VUE Art Fair|Catherine Hammond Gallery, RHA Gallery, Dublin

2013  Art Toronto, BlueLeaf Gallery

2013  Trí, Tom Climent/Marty Kelly/Suzy O’Mullane, J.Cacciola Gallery, New York

2013  Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast

2013  Aideen Barry/Katherine Boucher-Beug/Tom Climent/Dorothy Cross, Engage Arts Festival, Co.Cork

2013  Summer Exhibition, Mullan Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2013  Celebration, Catherine Hammond Gallery. Co.Cork

2013  The Absence of Realism, The Lavit Gallery, Cork

2012  Tom Climent/Bettina Seitz, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

2012  Art Toronto, Art Miami & Art Chicago, BlueLeaf Gallery

2012  Tom Climent/Gary Kearney/Vida Pain, Source Arts Centre, Tipperary

2011  Tom Climent/Aidan Crotty/Stephen Lawlor, Lavit Gallery, Cork

2011  Art Toronto, Art Chicago, Art Miami & Art Wynwood, BlueLeaf Gallery

2010  Wildly Different Things, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin 

2010  Art Toronto, Art Chicago & Art London, BlueLeaf Gallery    

2010  CASE’10, Lavit Gallery, Cork

2009  Engage Arts Festival, Cork

2009  On The Verge,Tom Climent/Bridget Flannery/Carol Hodder/Siobhan McDonald,Cill Rialaig Gallery, Kerry

2009  Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival  

2008  Winter Salon,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin

2007  Art Now,The Hunt  Museum, Limerick           

2006  Tom Climent/Paddy McCann, Fenton Gallery, Cork    

2005  A Moment in Time,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin

2005  C2,Crawford Gallery, Cork                          

2004  Travelogue,Butler Gallery, Kilkenny          

2004  Full Circle,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin           

2004  Tom Climent/Sarah Walker,Fenton Gallery, Cork

2000  Tom Climent/Clea VenderGrijn/Michelle Souter,Unit26, Dublin

2000  RHA annual exhibition,RHA Gallery, Dublin     

1996  Victor Treacey Award Show,Butler Gallery, Kilkenny     

1996  Shelter,Crawford Gallery, Cork                      

1995  New Painters,Crawford Gallery, Cork 

1994  Fledglings,Lavitts Quay Gallery, Cork


Awards & Residencies


Heinrich Boll Cottage Residency 2017

Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship 2016

Cork City Council Individual Artists Bursary Award 2014

Working Art Grant Recipient Feburary 2014

Cill Rialaig Project  Residency 2003/2007/2009/2011/2014

Tony O’Malley Travel Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Victor Treacy Award

Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Award

Featured Artist Cork Arts Fest 2000

Featured Artist ArtTrail 1999

Critics Choice Award 1997, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios





The Central Bank

National Treasury Management Agency

University College Cork

University College Dublin

University of Limerick

The American Embassy, Dublin


AIB Bank

The  Office of Public Works

The Cork Opera House

Cork City Council

National Self-Portrait Collection

Cork Institute of Technology

Smurfit Business School

NCB Stockbrokers




Waterford Healing Trust


Selected Bibliography


2018         Cristin Leach Review of Latitudes, Dunamaise Arts Centre, The Sunday Times

2018         Carissa Farrell, Review of Latitudes, Dunamaise Arts, Visual Artsits Ireland news sheet March/April

2016         Fresh Paint Magazine, Cover Image and one of the featured artists, Issue 11

2016         Niall MacMonagle, What Lies Beneath, Meridian by Tom Climent,  Sunday Independent

2016         Mark Ewart, Introduction to In its Reflection, A catalogue accompanying the solo exhibition at                                      

                  Solomon Fine Art

2015         John P. O’Sullivan Review of Season Map, The Gallery Room @Liss Ard Estate, The Sunday Times

2014         Mark Ewart Review of A Place Found, The Sternview Gallery, The Irish Examiner

2014         Consolitated Practice, Article by Carissa Farrell, Visual Artists Ireland news sheet July/August

2014         When it comes to art choose with your heart, Article by Margaret O’Brien, The Sunday Business Post

2012         Cristin Leach-Hughes Review of Final State, BlueLeaf Gallery, The Sunday Times

2010         Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Robert O'Byrne

2009         Brendan Maher Review of Dust, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Start

2009         Representing Art in Ireland, The Fenton Book, Essay by Alannah Hopkin

2007         Aidan Dunne Review of Hansels House, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery,The Irish Times

2006         Decade, Introduction by Brian Fallon, Essay by Vera Ryan

2005         Rising Stars, Article by Nikki Walsh, Select

2004         Mark Ewart Review of Tom Climent/Sarah Walker,The Irish Times

2003         Alannah Hopkin Review of New Paintings,Fenton Gallery,The Irish Examiner

2003         Mark Ewart Review of New Paintings,Fenton Gallery,The Irish Times

1999         Mark Ewart Review of Forgiveness,Featured Exhibition of Cork Arts Fest,The Irish Times

1998         Alannah Hopkin Review of Dancing Parade,Triskel Arts Centre,The Sunday Times

1998         Isabel Healy Review of Dancing Parade,Triskel Arts Centre,The Irish Examiner

1997         Marion McKeone Review of Pure, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, The Sunday Business Post

1997         Hilary Pyle Innocent Desire of Award Winner, Article to coincide with Tony O'Malley Award, The Irish


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