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Tom Climent was born in 1970 in Cork, Ireland. He earned a BA in Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design in 1995, and a MA in Fine Art at Crawford College of Art and Design in 2011.
Climent’s paintings are recognizable by their intense hues and carefully constructed formations. The recent paintings are more structured and recognizable than his previous abstract paintings. The paintings have more clarity as architectural structures, but are also combined with abstractions in the form of organic brushstrokes. Colors softly melting into one another are juxtaposed by solid planes forming shapes and forms, with thin, angular lines marking the firmament for many of the architectural structures in his work. The bold, striking colors in his paintings are inspired by summers in Valencia he spent with his father as a child and by Malaga near Southern Spain where he lived on and off in recent years. The result is a series of paintings that are subtly suggestive and leaves much to the viewer’s imagination.
Climent has exhibited mainly in Ireland and the US. Previous solo shows include “Final State” at BlueLeaf Gallery, “MA by Research” at Wandesford Quay Gallery, and “Harvester House” at South Tipperary Arts Centre. His work has been collected by public and private collections in Ireland, the UK, Spain, USA, and Canada. Awards include the Tony O’Malley Award, the Victor Treacy Award, Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Award, and Featured Artist at Cork Arts Fest and Cork Arts Trail. Tom Climent has been represented by J. Cacciola Gallery W since 2013.