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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA 18 Jan 2019 : Perwana Nazif for Ocula

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri Lankan...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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Imants Tillers

b. 1950, Australia

Imants Tillers has been described as Australia’s most important Post-Modern artist with his large-scale paintings addressing the country’s anxieties about its cultural and geographical distance from Europe. 

Tillers studied architecture at Sydney University (1969-1972) and has exhibited extensively since 1973, considering all his work from 1981 as part of a lifetime series, the Book of Power with the artist assembling small canvases into large gridded artworks of images from Western culture.

Tillers’ art subverts the premise that Australia’s heritage has been built upon a ‘tyranny of distance.’ His work gives pre-eminence to a meaningful experience of culture through its reproduction, appropriating well-known paintings and establishing associations between disparate ideologies and cultures, providing new readings and ownership of this iconography as critical to Australia’s hybrid identity. 

In Conversation with the Bride (1974-1975) Tillers referenced Duchamp’s Bride Stripped Bare and Australian watercolourist Hans Heysen’s eucalyptus trees painted around the same time as Duchamp’s conceptual work, considering these as equally artificial and representative of cultural values. 

Tillers has exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1986. His work is held in the collections of many significant public art galleries and institutions in Australia and internationally.

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Featured Artworks

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In Praise of A Decorative Background by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersIn Praise of A Decorative Background, 2012 Acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards
226.5 x 212 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Warped Coast - Nature Speaks:FY by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersWarped Coast - Nature Speaks:FY, 2017 acrylic, gouache on 16 canvas boards
101 x 142 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Time Does Not Exist by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersTime Does Not Exist, 2017 acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards
228.5 x 213 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Philosophers Doubt by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersThe Philosophers Doubt acrylic, gouache on 24 canvas boards
203 x 106.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
The Blue Pacific by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersThe Blue Pacific, 2016 acrylic, gouache on 32 canvas boards
203 x 142 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Metaphysical Interior with Clouds by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersMetaphysical Interior with Clouds, 2017 acrylic, gouache on 24 canvas boards
152 x 142 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Metaphysical Detail VI by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail VI, 2016 acrylic, gouache on 6 canvas boards
76 x 71 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Metaphysical Detail V by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail V, 2017 acrylic, gouache on 6 canvas boards
76 x 71 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Like Button at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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13 December 2018–19 January 2019 Group Exhibition The Like Button Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Imants Tillers, In Normal Times at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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4 November–2 December 2017 Imants Tillers In Normal Times Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Imants Tillers, Metafisica Australe at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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28 May–27 June 2015 Imants Tillers Metafisica Australe Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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