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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.

Exhibition view: Imants Tillers, As soon as tomorrow, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (26 November—18 December 2021). Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Photo: Luis Power.

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Melancolia by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersMelancolia, 2021synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 18 canvasboards, nos. 111901–111918
227 x 70.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Shrouded in doubt by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersShrouded in doubt, 2020synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 32 canvasboards, nos. 111043–111074
202 x 141.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Prayer for rain by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersPrayer for rain, 2020synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 54 canvas boards, nos. 107776–107829
227 x 212.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Pollen by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersPollen, 2021synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 25 canvasboards, nos. 112717–112741
126.5 x 177 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Nature Speaks: GU by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersNature Speaks: GU, 2019synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 16 canvasboards, nos. 107856–107871
101 x 141.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Nature Speaks: HJ by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersNature Speaks: HJ, 2021synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 16 canvasboards, nos. 112574–112589
101 x 141.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Keeping vigil by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
Imants TillersKeeping vigil, 2021synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 30 canvasboards, nos. 112882–112911
151.5 x 177 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Not yet Rosa Mutabalis II by Imants Tillers contemporary artwork painting
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

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