Roy Tomlinson, a painter and multi-disciplinary artist, lives in Portland, Oregon. Raised in Seattle, Washington, he moved to San Francisco, California to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. He worked for galleries and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before attending graduate school at UC Berkeley. He taught for many years at the California College of the Arts before moving to Portland, Oregon and joining the faculty of the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
He was awarded the Eisner Prize from the University of California at Berkeley, and is the recipient of a Gottlieb Foundation Grant. His work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Art Gallery, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Friesen Gallery, Seattle and Nisus Gallery in Portland. His solo exhibitions in San Francisco include Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Gallery 16, Miller/Brown Gallery, SFMOMA Artist Gallery. His work has been published in Eleven Eleven, ZYZZYVA, and Inquiring Mind. Influences range from field and post-minimalist painting to Zen Buddhism and the science of perception.