Roy Wilkins Biography


Melbourne artist Roy B Wilkins, whose abstract expressionist work has been referred by critics as “a nod in the direction’’ of Australian greats Albert Tucker and Mirka Mora and American wunderkind Jean-Michel Basquiat, produces high-energy abstract mixed media works which are infused with emotional vitality and colourful free expression.

London-born, Roy started painting in 1999 when he moved from England to Melbourne and is essentially self-taught. Working at Heide in his first 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, spay paint, ink, collage, stenciling, 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.

Selected Exhibitions


2015: Tacit Contemporary ArtFrankenstein’s Mojo
2015: Ministry of Art, Melbourne
2012: Tacit Contemporary Art
3 2 Be One
2011: Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne
2010: Tacit Contemporary Art
Emo Expressionism
2010: Bar Open, Melbourne
2009: Chapel on Station Gallery, Melbourne

2015: Canterbury Art Exhibition
2015: 19 KAREN, Gold Coast
2014: CamART, Melbourne
2013: Camberwell Rotary Art Show
2013: Canterbury Art Exhibition
2012: Camberwell Rotary Art Show
2011: Canterbury Art Exhibition
2011: Robert McCubbin Art Show
2010: Tacit Contemporary Art (with Donna Malone) 

2010: Hurstbridge Gallery, Melbourne
2010: Robert McCubbin Art Show
2009: No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2009: Hurstbridge Gallery, Melbourne
2009: Robert McCubbin Art Show

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