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b. 1950, Australia

Imants Tillers Biography

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. 

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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.

Imants Tillers Featured Artworks

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Metaphysical Detail XVII, by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XVII,, 2018synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards, nos. 107909 - 107914
70.5 x 70.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Metaphysical Detail XVIII, by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XVIII,, 2018synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards, nos. 107916 - 107921
75.5 x 70.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Metaphysical Detail XIX by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XIX, 2018synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvasboards, nos. 107922–107921
75.5 x 70.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Nature Speaks: GL by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersNature Speaks: GL, 2018synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 16 canvasboards, nos. 108031 - 108046
101 x 141.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Metaphysical Detail XVII by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XVII, 2018Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvas boards, no's 107909–107914
76.2 x 71.1 cm
Arc One Gallery Contact Gallery
Metaphysical Detail XVI by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersMetaphysical Detail XVI, 2018Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 6 canvas boards, no's 108256–108261
76.2 x 71.1 cm
Arc One Gallery Contact Gallery
Nature Speaks: GT by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersNature Speaks: GT, 2019Synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 16 canvas boards, no's 107840–107855
101.6 x 142.2 cm
Arc One Gallery Contact Gallery
Not yet Rosa Mutabalis II by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork
Imants TillersNot yet Rosa Mutabalis II, 1998Acrylic and gouache on canvas board, 24 panels
152 x 142 cm
Not for sale
Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Imants Tillers Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Imants Tillers, Imants Tillers at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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7–28 September 2019 Imants Tillers Roslyn Oxley9 GallerySydney
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 GallerySydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Imants Tillers, Joy Knows No Mercy at Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
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4 September–6 October 2018 Imants Tillers Joy Knows No Mercy Arc One GalleryMelbourne

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Imants Tillers In Ocula Magazine

Richard Bell Calls for a Reckoning Ocula Conversation Richard Bell Calls for a Reckoning By Emma-Kate Wilson, Sydney

Aboriginal Australian artist Richard Bell reflects on his largest solo exhibition yet, showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

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