Roy Tonkin began his fascination with shapes, myths, and figures at the age of 12 after reading Tolkien. At West Surrey College of Art and at the Bath Academy where he studied pottery and printmaking, he developed his interest in carborundum etchings which enabled him to build up a three dimensional surface on the plate, applying layers of paste and iron filings as if working with clay. He set up a studio in London in the early ‘80s and produced his ceramic carborundum plates, printing them himself. He finds inspiration in medieval legends – in the crafts, woodwork, pottery, masonry, and tapestries of that era. His images concern a world of allegory and fables.
All of his work is on paper, however it doesn't form any part of an edition; every picture is a one off piece of work, just like a painting. He uses an etching press and the mono type process because he loves the effects achievable with ink and paper under pressure. Most of the work has had some hand work, (mixed media), after the printing process, but a few of them are untouched from when they were printed. He loves the techniques and the process of mono type, rolling, blending, wiping, splatter, spraying as well as painting.
His current work was made in his new studio by the Thames, beginning with City views, naturally moving to riverscapes and then going onwards in to the sea. His influences are many and varied, from Picasso, Lozowick, Matisse and the Fauveist painters through to Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Anish Kapoor and the incomparable J.W.M. Turner.
- Roy Tonkin, Settlement, Etching, Edition of 1, 54.6 x77.5cm, Framed: £500, Unframed: £450, 2019
- Roy Tonkin, Twilight Battersea, Etching, Edition of 1, 73.6 x40.6cm, Framed: £400, Unframed: £350, 2018
- Roy Tonkin, Iona out of Ilfracombe, Etching, Edition of 1, 55.9 x74.9cm, Framed: £400, Unframed: £350, 2019
- Roy Tonkin, Storm, Etching, Mono type, 53x 53cm, Framed: £300, Unframed price: £270, 2018