Tony Plant is renowned for his large-scale beach drawings which are made in direct response to their immediate environment, and to the conditions in which they are drawn. The experience and memory of making these walking drawings is then channelled into a series of partnered paintings made in the studio. Each layered painting becomes a lasting document of transient works and multiple journeys.

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25.09.1962 Cornwall, UK
Chelsea School of Art. London 1986-1990, BA Hons Fine Art Painting
Tutors:       Trevor Sutton     Helen Chadwick     Roger Ackling  

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Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Porthole Space. Night Walk Zennor 2019

Heartland Project National Trust, Shropshire Hills AONB Painting exhibition. 2017

Royal Cornwall Museum. Walk. Stop. Walk. 2016

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Porthmeor Studio 5, St Ives. 2019

ARCA Project, Snape Maltings 2019

Walk Scilly, Commissioned Artist. 2018

Hireth. Changing the Cornish Landscape. Royal Cornwall Museum. 2018

ARCA Project Payne Shurvell Gallery. London. 2017

Royal West of England Academy. Drawn. 2017

Penwith Gallery, St Ives. Mixed abstract painting show. 2017

San Miguel/Guardian rich list. 2016

Selected Screenings:

Ocean Film Festival, China, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy and UK. 2019

Al-Nahj International Film Festival, Iraq. 2018

Aesthetica Film Festival. BAFTA recognised. 2017

Hull City of Culture. Directors choice special screening. 2017

Hong Kong Ocean in Motion Film Festival. 2015

ICA, The Mall. London. 2014

Ocean Film Festival. Australia, Asia, Europe. 2014

Riverside Studios, London Short Film Festival. 2014

Celtic Media Festival. 2014

Selected Talks:

Carding Mill Valley. Artist talk/walk 2017

Charles Causley Festival, Cornwall. Artists Talk. 2016

University of Derby. Practising artist lecture. 2015

Ocean Film Festival, Hall for Cornwall. 2014

Coolangatta, Australia. Practising artist talk. 2014

Plymouth College of Art and Design. Practising artist lecture. 2014


Porthmeor Studio 5, St Ives. 2019

Ambassador for Plastic Project. 2016

Brisons Veor Residency. 2016

St Agnes Outsider Residency, funded by FEAST. 2015

Bermuda Residency. 2015

Opera Australia. 2 week residency, Queensland. 2014

A2AA Residency Plymouth College of Art. 2014 Port Eliot Festival. Artist in Residence. 2014

4 week drawing Residency, Rame Peninsula. 2014

Selected Bibliography:

Guardian Newspaper:

“Since graduating in 1990, Plant has carved out a successful career as a multi-disciplinary visual artist, making large scale, site specific temporary works, exhibiting globally and acting as a visiting lecturer at art institutions and Universities.” Guardian Newspaper. 2017

Die Zeit:

“Tony Plant schafft an Cornwalls Küsten Kunst mit der Harke. Zubesichtigen sind seine Werke zwischen Ebbe und Flut. Leinwand aus Sand”. Silke Burmester. 2014

Guardian Newspaper:

“Tony Plant's artworks not only celebrate the landscape, they're part of it, he is an artist in the really purest form of the word, and to him, making these things is as natural as breathing”. Marcel Theroux. 2015


Most recent aquisisition Royal Cornwall Museum. 3 paintings included into the permanent collection 2017

Works included in numerous private collections worldwide.

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