The collaborative practice of Ron Tomlinson and Amir Akhavan brings to light a unique story of an unpredictable, artistic duo whose focus is the exploration of the qualities of humanity – through a variety of aesthetic interpretations and expressions.
Tomlinson’s career as a painter is vast and he is perhaps best known for the studio he has established in Fort Worth, Texas, a home-away-from-home for anyone who finds the front door and can demonstrate a true commitment to the practice of art. Twenty years ago, a chance meeting in Paris introduced Akhavan to Tomlinson and, despite geographical distances (Akhavan splits his time between New York and Tehran), the mentorship has endured.
Over the years, the subject of South American immigration has featured predominantly in the paintings of Tomlinson and the proximity of Fort Worth to the Mexican border is precisely the reason why. Bearing witness to the results of thousands of border crossings, Tomlinson’s paintings examine issues of respect, trust, safety and dignity for all of those who seek peaceful refuge in the United States of America.