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Closed for the Christmas break

Tolarno Galleries is closed from Monday 20 December 2021 until the gallery reopens in February 2022.

Our thanks to all who visited Tolarno during 2021 – in the gallery or an online exhibition. Your support and camaraderie is hugely valued.

Over the summer the online exhibition space continues, with recent shows from the gallery and exclusive online presentations from Patricia Piccinini, Brent Harris, Rosemary Laing, Danie Mellor and more.

Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas and all the very best for the new year.

Image: Kieren Karritpul 4 Fishnets 2021, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 206 cm


TIM JOHNSON ‘Creed’

30 November 2021 – 36 February 2022
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Summer Salon Show
Sofi’s Lounge, Level 1
25 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Or click here to view the online exhibition.

In association with Tolarno Galleries, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is delighted to present the exhibition Creed, comprising four new paintings by Tim Johnson. A distinguished senior Australian artist whose career started in the late 1960s, his artistic practices have seen him explore conceptual and performance art, live music, photography and decades of dynamic painting for which he is largely known.
In the early 1980s, with a dedicated focus on painting, Johnson spent time learning from and collaborating with Aboriginal artists from the Pintupi, Warlpiri and Anmatyerr communities at Papunya in the Western Desert – a profoundly influential period in his artistic development.
Johnson’s work draws on a diverse range of eclectic cultural references, combining iconography and various motifs from Aboriginal, Buddhist and east Asian, native American sources alongside his own unique personal imagery of such things as UFOs, views of his native Sydney and his family in an exploration of artistic and spiritual connections across cultures.

With thanks to Global Art Projects for curating and delivering this project. Entry to Sofi’s Lounge at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is free and open every day.

Image: Tim Johnson with his painting Thredbo Valley 2021 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins


BROOK ANDREW

seeing time
27 November – 18 December 2021
Opening hours: 1pm-4pm Sat, 10am-5pm Tue-Fri

Or visit the online exhibition.

seeing time is Brook Andrew‘s new body of work reflecting on and abstracting the concept of time and mark-making. That is, how one perceives and hopes to either manipulate, push against or fall into time.

These paintings were created during 2021 and centre on Brook’s alternative visions of time and mark-making outside the Western art canon. This is a contribution to current challenges and dialogues around decolonisation, which is for him, a progression towards a state of yindyamarra-gunhanha (ongoing respect).

yindyamarra-gunhanha is a term Brook has developed to deal with the often challenging space of museum research and repatriation. His signature black and white patterns are adopted from his Wiradjuri cultural heritage. By doing so, he reinforces the strength and cultural continuity of the Wiradjuri for himself and others.

Image: seeing time installation image (L-R) seeing time VIIIseeing time IXseeing time Xseeing time VII all 2021, mixed media on linen, 235 x 235 cm. Photograph by Andrew Curtis.