Riduan Tomkins - paintings

Oil on Canvas

Approx size 600 x 600 mm

Untitled 2004 ( figure on blue ground )


Untitled 2004  (Figure in red jacket)

Untitled 2004  (Two figures with curtain - blue and yellow)

Untitled 2004  (Two figures with curtain - blue and yellow)

Untitled 2004  (Two figures with curtain - blue and yellow with red )

Untitled 2004  (yellow figure with viridian border)

Works on Paper - ( oil) 




















One of the most influential painters to come to New Zealand in the past twenty years is British born Riduan Tomkins. Tomkins studied at the Royal college of Art in London in the 1960s and exhibited at the Whitechapel and Waddington Galleries In London as well as being represented by the renowned art dealer, Betty Parsons in London and New York. His work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.

Now in his mid 60s Tomkins’ international pedigree is unquestionable, as is his influence upon a younger generation of New Zealand painters – Shane Cotton, and Seraphine Pick amongst them. From 1985 –1995 Riduan Tomkins was senior lecturer in painting at the University of Canterbury: his painterly approach coupled with the intellectual rigour of his work, left an indelible impression upon much new painting emerging from Ilam, from the mid 80s to the present (an influence that yet remains to be properly credited).

Something of a gypsy (Tomkins doesn't’t stay around long enough to gather disciples) he moved to Indonesia in 2001 where he has until recently been living and working. Currently Tomkins is a founding member of the Central Kalimantan Cultural Collective. Recognising the needs of local artisans and artists, Tomkins put forward a proposal to develop the underused museum into a cultural centre and open an arts department at the Kalimantan University. The community liked the proposal so for the past five years he has worked with the local people to help establish the centre.


Tomkins’ current work reflects the time he spent living in Indonesia. While addressing formal painterly concerns – what he calls ‘pictorial propositions’ – his work blurs the boundaries between formal abstraction and figurative/narrative work. It does so with sophistication, grace, and wit. And, in a country where the shadow of McCahon is still cast over much contemporary painting  - Tomkins’ work frequently possesses the uncommon quality of joy.

Riduan Tomkins work is included in public and private collections in North America, South America, Europe, South East Asia and New Zealand including:

McMaster Museum of Modern Art, Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

Paul Melon, USA

J.Walter Thompson, London

Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermes, Paris.

Chase Manhattan Bank NY - ( estate of Betty Parsons NY )

Angela Flowers, London

Edward Albee Foundation NY

Toronto University

University college of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

MacDOnald Stewart Gallery, Geulph, Canada

Peel Heritage Complex. ON, Canada

Widjojo Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia

New Zealand: Christchurch Art Gallery, Auckland City Art Gallery, Lincoln University,Canterbury University.

Saatchi and Saatchi



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