Interview: Tom Gerrard
Tom Gerrard’s art career started in the mid-90s where his art could be found on the streets of Melbourne, Australia. These days, he’s globally known for painting simplified characters, architecture and nature using a minimal colour palette. The elements that make up his paintings are inspired by people he’s seen and places he’s been. We were stoked when he wanted to have a play with our hues — check this out!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your painting experience... Would you say you’re a paint newbie or a Michaelangelo in the making?
I'd like to think that I'm a Michaelangelo in the making. Time will tell I guess.

I started painting as a kid but really got into it in 1996 when I started painting graffiti and was forced to consider style, colours, technique and placement. I did that for years and started to travel and paint. In total I've travelled the world for 8 years. In that time I've painted a lot of walls in some really random places. During those years my artistic style and tastes evolved and I transitioned from a graffiti artist to a fine artist. I was without a studio most of the time so I continued to paint on the streets and would also prepare for exhibitions from wherever I was living.

In 2016 I returned to Melbourne and went full time with my art. Since then I have continued to travel and exhibit overseas and locally. But life is a lot easier with a home base and a good studio.
Talk us through the project you undertook with us and how you reckon it went.
I worked on an exhibition that has just been launched in Detroit, USA. I painted 60 small works and shipped them to the USA. I used mostly Tint for the works and then finished off each piece with ink through an airbrush. Unfortunately I couldn't fly over there due to covid. But all the works are online through 1xRUN.

I'm also working on another exhibition for next year. I've attached large wooden panels to my studio wall that I normally hang canvases on to paint. As I paint the canvases that are hung on this wall, paint naturally goes off the edge of paintings, I clean brushes on it and test spray paint. After a while I turn all the accidental painted areas into objects, people and things. It sounds confusing. But I really like how the paintings come together unintentionally and I'm looking forward to seeing the series come together.
What was the paint process like for you? Take us through the motions of how you got the job done.
I tend to work on a lot of paintings at once. I usually have about 10 - 20 paintings on the go. If I pop open a bucket of Tint to prime a canvas I will use up whatever is left in the roller tray on other pieces. I like working in this way. Instead of thinking 'what colour does this piece need'? I'm usually asking 'how can I use this colour in this piece'. Working in this way I chip away at a lot of pieces at once. That's how I approached this project. I hung sheets of paper on the wall and worked on about 5 at a time. It was really good to have something to focus on over covid time.
Any advice for novice painters who love what you’ve done and want to try their hand at it?
My advice for any artist is to get into a daily habit of drawing (or writing, taking photos. Whatever your outlet is). I've done this for 6 years and it has really helped develop my art. It's also helped me deal with the fear of facing a blank canvas. Some artists are crippled by it. I face a blank page every morning. I love it.
Favourite thing about your fresh Tint?
I love the Tint colour range. When painting, colour selecting isn't easy and I've found that Tint have taken a lot of that challenge away for me. At the moment I'm working with only 10 colours. That's a good number for me. Not too many to choose from but enough to have a wide range of outcomes.
Follow Tom at @tom_gerrard to stay up to date with his fantastic work!
Hope you enjoyed that and are feeling fab and inspired to get rolling!
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