Hayley Tompkins (*1971, Leighton Buzzard) works in the media of painting, drawing and installation. She uses everyday objects such as knives, branches, chairs, plastic containers or mobile phones as the surfaces for her paintings. She often combines these with photographs found on the Internet, or painted stretcher bars that are covered with textiles, thus assembling subtle installations which accentuate the process of observing and experiencing space. In her artistic practice, Tompkins uses the mimetic qualities of paint and painterly gesture to interpret everyday objects. She seeks new possibilities for testing painting's transformative potential, in order to achieve an equilibrium between an object’s painted existence and its physical one.
For her second exhibition in Drawing Room, Tompkins has created a new series of small, loose acrylic paintings on paper, an assemblage, the stool entitled ‘LB’, and new Digital Light Pools. The thoroughly painterly treatment of the latter is reminiscent of abstract painting traditions such as Pointillism, COBRA or Art Informel, although with their synthesis of poured colour and recognisable brush marks, each is capable of creating its own, very individual mood.