Melbourne artist, Roy B Wilkins’ abstract expressionist work has been referred to by critics as “a nod in the direction’’ of Australian greats Albert Tucker and Mirka Mora, and American wunderkind Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Roy produces high-energy abstract mixed media works which are infused with emotional vitality and colourful free expression.
Born in London, Roy started painting in 1999 when he moved from England to Melbourne, and is essentially self-taught. Working at Heide in his early years in Australia, he was able to study Australian modernist Tucker’s work, including rarely seen unfinished pieces.
He instantly related to Tucker’s free form of expression. An instinctive painter, Roy likes to push boundaries, particularly when experimenting with mediums such as synthetic polymer, spray paint, ink, collage, stencilling, bleach and salt. Through building-up textured layers, Roy often uses the alla prima approach of laying down pigments in a single application instead of repeated paintings. Most recently, Roy won the Community Housing People’s Choice Award for his work ‘Bellyman’ in June of 2021.
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