Paul Tonkin attended Canterbury Art College 1970 – 1973. Soon after, Paul moved to London and he exhibited in the Annual Stockwell Depot Shows between 1976 and 1979 where he and Robert first met. John Hoyland invited him to exhibit in the 1980 Hayward Gallery Summer Exhibition alongside Albert Irvin, Frank Bowling and others.
By the late 80s he was working at Greenwich Studios in S.E. London. Later he became involved in establishing A.P.T. studios at Deptford Creekside nearby, where Paul has retained his studio ever since.
Paul’s paintings are analogous to jazz. Whilst both music and landscape contribute to the experiences which inform his work, he remains committed to non-representational colour painting built up from improvised elements.
Extract from Paul Tonkin Biography | APT 2016
Paul exhibited at Linden Hall Studio together with Robert Persey from Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th October 2016 in Robert Persey Sculpture | Paul Tonkin Painting, and has exhibited with LHS many times since.