Painting in Focus


Messums is delighted to present a selection of paintings from leading contemporary painters John Golding, Ann Thomson, Tom Robinson, John Walker and Eugenie Vronskaya.

Abstraction as an expressionist language will be explored at Messums this year through the art of several painters – culminating in our inaugural PAINT Symposium on 27 July 2024 with leading artists, academics, curators and art historians exploring positions on painting.

This fantastic collection of works represents our investigation into abstraction via process, paint and mark making from four very unique artists. Through formal language each artist arrives with a vitality, vigour and painterly freedom.

Though each artist here spans a different period and style, they are linked by their exploration of abstraction and their dedication to various processes by which they manifest their visions.

Australian artist Thomson, known for her vibrant abstract compositions, works from memory and imagination. Her gestural mark making evokes a sense of dynamism and place within her work. Similarly, Golding (1929 – 2012) a prominent British artist, is recognised for his formalist language and meticulous attention compositions that reflect a deep engagement with the process of abstraction.

On the other hand, Robinson and Vronskaya represent a more contemporary exploration. Robinson’s spontaneous experimentation balances control and chance in his work, revelling in the physical act of mark making. Vronskaya, known for use of mixed media, straddles the line of representation and abstraction, pushing the boundaries and inviting the viewer to investigate deeper.

Through each distinct approach to abstraction these artists contribute to a rich tapestry of artistic dialogue, each offering their insight into the ever-evolving nature of contemporary art.


Eugenie Vronskaya

[ 1966
- Present ]
Eugenie Vronskaya is a Russian born artist currently living and working in London. She attended Krasnopresnenskaya School of Art and a Fine Art University in Moscow. In 1989 Vronskaya arrived to UK and in 1991 she became the first Russian Student ever attending MA at the Royal College of Art.

Ann Thomson

[ 1933
- Present ]
Ann Thomson is one of Australia′s most eminent contemporary painters. She is known for her vibrant, expressive compositions. Described by the late Edmund Capon (Director of AGNSW) as “one of the most interesting and intuitive artists in Australia today”, Ann′s works are not intended to replicate a scene or a landscape, but rather evoke a sense of place.

John Golding

[ 1929
- 2012 ]
Messums Org are delighted to announce our representation of the estate of pre-eminent abstract painter John Golding. John Golding was an Anglo-Mexican artist, brought up from early childhood in Mexico. Golding’s mother’s family was the first British family in Mexico, arriving in the early 19th Century before the independence from Spain.

Tom Robinson

[ 1979
- Present ]
Tom Robinson grew up in Dorset then moved from London to Jersey before settling in Norfolk. He studied at the Byam Shaw and The Prince’s Drawing School (now the Royal Drawing School). He was shortlisted for the Gilchrist Fisher award in 2010…

John Walker

[ 1939
- Present ]
For more than a decade from the 1970’s, British born artists John walker was one of the most influential and imitated painters working in the UK, he represented his country at the 1972 Venice Biennale, had extensive survey shows at both the Tate and Hayward galleries and was shirtlisted for a Turner Prize in 1985.

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