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Imants Tillers

Born 1950 Sydney, New South Wales. Lives and works Cooma.

Imants Tillers is an artist, writer and curator. Since 1981 he has used his signature canvas boards to explore themes relevant to contemporary culture, from the centre/periphery debates of the 1980s to the effects of migration, displacement and diaspora. Most recently, his paintings have been concerned with place, locality and evocations of the landscape.

Tillers has exhibited widely since the late 1960s, and has represented Australia at important international exhibitions, such as the São Paulo Biennial (1975), Documenta 7 (1982) and the 42nd Venice Biennale (1986). Major solo surveys of his work include The Long Poem, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth (2009); Imants Tillers: One World Many Visions, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2006); Towards Infinity: Works by Imants Tillers, Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Diaspora in Context, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (1995); Diaspora, National Art Museum, Riga, Latvia (1993); Imants Tillers: 19301, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (1989); Imants Tillers: Works 1978–1988, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1988).

Tillers has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions around the world, including Seen from Elsewhere, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand (2015); The Skullbone Experiment: A Paradigm of Art and Nature, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Launceston, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Inveresk and UNSW Galleries, College of Fine Arts Gallery, Sydney (2014); Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Out of Australia, British Museum, London (2011); Curious Colony: A Twenty-first Century Wunderkammer, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW (2010); Prism, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo (2006); Kunst Nach Kunst (Art After Art), Neues Museum Weserburg, Germany (2003); Biennale of Sydney (1979, 1986, 1988 and 2006); The World Over/Under Capricorn: Art in the Age of Globalisation, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1996); Australian Perspecta (1981, 1987–89); Antipodean Currents, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1995); and An Australian Accent, PS1, New York (1984).

Tillers’ major commissions include the Federation Pavilion, Centennial Park (1985–87); the Founding Donors Painting, MCA, Sydney (1991), and two key sculptures for Sydney Olympic Park (2002). His work is held in numerous major state and regional collections in Australia, and in collections in New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Finland, USA, Latvia, Mexico and a number of private and corporate collections.


Quotation: Imants Tillers, speaking about his 1980s work in interview with Dr Deborah Hart, curator, Imants Tillers: One world many visions, National Gallery of Australia, 2006

Works by Imants Tillers

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