targethead - detail from Mamma Num-m(b)er by Andrew Tomlins

targethead - detail from Mamma Num-m(b)er by 

This is a detail from piece 6 of an upcoming solo exhibition I have starting in Brisbane, Australia in 2 weeks time. The exhibition is entitled The Curse of the Dumbo Octopi. Targethead is actually the character formerly known as Icecream Cone Man and had been somewhat altered by a traumatic experience. If he was slightly obsessed with dumbo octopi before the incident his obsession has now gone into overdrive. More of the series with the full paintings will be added over the coming 2 weeks and if this doesnt make any sense now it will , I assure you, be even more baffling, in the fullness of time. The painting is done mainly in oils with some acrylics on linen. The original size of the detail is 30 × 60cm.


  • noone265
    noone265over 4 years ago

    Can’t wait to see the rest. :)

  • Hey Leonie, I have been remiss. So much has happened in the last 27 days including completion of the whole set that this is from. When I posted this I was still surrounded by so much blank canvass I wasnt taking much else in. Thankyou again so much for your support on these. It was comments like yours that kept me going through some dark and lonely nights in the studio. sob. But through it now and onto the next thing!

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    Love the 3D quality of the little figues. Well put together, great characters!

  • Thanks Cindy. I did miss this back then. As I was saying to Leonie above , my head was spinning, through this last couple of months. Really appreciate your comments on my art. Big fan of yours as well .

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • will crane
    will craneover 4 years ago

    i love this! the robot like face, the mask, and the target in the back of his mind-very symbolic!!

  • Thanks Will. It was kind of a self-portrait of where I was then and now. Like I was saying in one of my comments to you, some days you just feel like you have a target on the back of you head and the arrows are hitting the mark. The robot thing and the mask are sort of metaphors for coping mechanisms. But in the context of the overall painting,Mamma Num-m(b)er, it was about us as a society becoming suckered in by our governments and big media and that we become automated in our response – mind control sort of thing. Yeah, lot of symbolism!

    – Andrew Tomlins

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 4 years ago

    Love your folio and imagination!

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