Imants Tillers: Joy Knows No Mercy - Art Collector

Imants Tillers, ‘Fiction of Place’, 2018. Synthetic polymer paint and gouache on 132 canvas boards No. 106258-106389, 279.4 x 426.72 cm. Courtesy the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.

 As one of Australia’s most important living artists, Imants Tillers has been at the forefront of conceptual painting for over four decades. Since his first solo exhibition in 1973, he has forged a reputation as a rigorously intellectual and sophisticated artist with a singular visual language. Tillers juxtaposes layers of complex art historical, political, literary, personal, and philosophical references to create thought-provoking works that explore themes relevant to contemporary culture, identity, place, displacement, and assimilation.
In ‘Joy Knows No Mercy’, Tillers employs his signature modular formations of small canvas boards to form a series of expansive tableaux that reference artworks and texts by European artists and writers such as Guardi, De Chirico, Odilon Redon, Hilma af Klint, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Phillip Otto Runge. These references are juxtaposed against works by Australian and New Zealander artists such as Arthur Streeton, John Glover, Colin McCahon, and Julian Daspher, acknowledging that distant, provincial cultures depend on imports from dominant cultures for much of their artistic inspiration and imagery. This layering of text and art references has become a powerful visual language for Tillers in his exploration of distance and issues of locality and identity.

ARC ONE will also present Imants Tillers’ exhibition, ‘Joy Knows No Mercy’, at Sydney Contemporary from 13–16 September.

Exhibition opens: 4 September 2018
Exhibition closes: 6 October 2018
Location: ARC ONE Gallery, 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC
Phone: +61 3 9650 0589


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