Work in Progress
Untitled
Saint-Sauveur Cathedral Portal
Wedding Window
Mannequins
Junk
Mannequins

Untitled (Detail)
Oil on Canvas, 67 cm x 86 cm (26 1/2" x 34")

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Saint-Sauveur Cathedral Portal,
Aix-en-Provence
(Detail)
Alkyd on Canvas, 214 cm 153 cm (7' x 5')

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Wedding Window (Detail)
Alkyd on Canvas, 102 cm x 153 cm (40" x 60")

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Mannequins (Detail)
Alkyd on Canvas

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Junk (Detail)
Alkyd on Board

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Mannequins (Detail)
Alkyd on Board

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Since 2001, Ken Tolmie has been working almost exclusively in oils: his new, expansive canvases allow him to express his ideas on a much larger scale, and the new medium enables him to use colour and achieve textures that are not possible with watercolours. Like Knights and White Satin, which marked Tolmie’s return to oil after a 25-year hiatus, these new paintings use mannequins to explore contemporary social codes and historical artistic techniques. Unlike Knights, however, Tolmie’s current work is freer in technique and brighter in colour; they also continue Tolmie’s evolution away from photographic realism and towards bolder, more experimental design. Many of the new oils are accompanied by studies, both in watercolour and oil. One non-mannequin work appears here: Saint-Sauveur Cathedral Portal belongs to Tolmie’s South of France group.