Tom Climent's most recent works are more architectural than previous ones, they still contain the elusive abstract qualities which has characterised his work in recent years, but the architectural elements give the paintings a more grounded narrative. They are an amalgamation of structures , deconstructed and assembled together. There is a desire to impose order and clarity on the abstraction in previous works which has led to a more focused image in many of the pieces. The works can declare a dramatic physicality while conversely appear to be quite subtle.
His work has essentially been within the European tradition of painting, which is a "visual" one, concerned with picture space and the relations which obtain between the real world of three dimensions and the essentially illusory two dimensional world of the canvas. This idea of creating space on a two dimensional surface has always been important to him , the conflict between representation and abstraction as a means of doing this has been prevalent, there exists a push and pull between these two elements.
Previous solo shows include ones in The Hunt Museum , The Fenton Gallery, The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery , Triskel Arts Centre and The Alley Theatre Arts Centre.
He is a recipient of the Tony O'Malley award and Victor Treacey award.
His work is in the collections of The Central Bank, UCC, AIB Bank, The National Self-Portrait Collection, NCB Stockbrokers , The Opera House, Cork City Council and The Office of Public Works.
He has upcoming solo shows in the STAC in 2010 and the Linenhall Arts Centre in 2011.He will also be exhibiting in the Art Fairs, Art London, Art Chicago and Art Toronto during the year.