Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop | 2017
Thom Roberts works out of Studio A, a social enterprise that supports professional artists with intellectual disability. In 2013 Roberts was awarded an Amplify emerging artists grant. In 2014 Roberts began a collaborative project with artist Harriet Body, called Thom and Angelmouse, receiving an Arts NSW Creative Development grant. In 2015 Roberts and Angelmouse exhibited in the Underbelly Arts festival, Cockatoo Island, Sydney. In 2016 they contributed to an exhibition of contemporary art for children at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. Roberts is a collaborating artist on the Bird Fox Monster project with Erth Visual and Physical inc, supported by Carriageworks.
Thom Roberts makes art with a spirit of experimentation and spontaneity. His portfolio encompasses a range of media and styles including drawing, installation, painting, performance and photography. Roberts is a skilled draftsman, well able to quickly translate landscapes and portraits in a traditional and representational artistic style, yet his primary interest is in his contemporary painting and installation practice. His portraits of friends and families render them three-eyed and fanged, and his surreal performances and spoken-word poetry speak of trains, buildings, monsters and blue birds.