Amos Gebhardt

Night Horse
Online Viewing Space
13 October – 7 November 2020

Night Horse examines the powerful currents between horses as they negotiate consent and desire during mating season. The viewer is drawn inside the kinetic swirl of the herd where hooves, flicking tails, and outstretched limbs offer an intimate encounter across the species divide. Shot in the heat of a February summer’s night, on the artist’s birthday, the charged atmosphere is palpable. The photography series revisits themes explored in the video installation Lovers which premiered at the 2018 Adelaide Biennial.

Amos Gebhardt says, “The images are raw, showing the mess of body fluids and muscle, giving vivid dimensions to the physical language of the body as an archive of story, to suggest a dramatic arc in horse terms.”

Image: Amos Gebhardt Gravity archival inkjet pigment print, 122 x 146 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP


Sydney Contemporary presents 2020


Tolarno Galleries is pleased to participate in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020 with five new works created in 2020 by A&A, Brook Andrew, Andrew Browne, Amos Gebhardt and Ben Quilty.


Pictured: Ben Quilty The Last Day 2020, oil on linen, 180 x 202 cm


Tim Johnson

Parallel Universe
Online Viewing Space
11 September to 3 October 2020

Watch the exhibition video featuring Tim Johnson in a rare glimpse inside the studio with curator-at-large Tony Magnusson.

If a painting is a portal to another dimension, then the canvases of Tim Johnson are magic carpets, each one an invitation to embark on a voyage through the acclaimed Sydney-based artist’s personal cosmology. Revealing his sustained interest in Buddhism and other Eastern traditions, these serenely composed constellations of figures, objects and symbols inhabit an exalted space free from everyday concerns.

Johnson’s first show in five years with Tolarno Galleries, which has represented him since 1987, ‘Parallel Universe’ brings together 12 new paintings, five of them made in collaboration with Daniel Bogunovic, a self-taught artist who lives in LA.

Our thanks to Thirdrow Films.



Congratulations to A&A – Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur on their shortlisting for the prestigious Dezeen Awards 2020 in the furniture design category. The nomination is for Exquisite Corpse, their debut collection of three works – a tallboy, credenza and console, with each bold and innovatively designed piece finished with thousands of individual, hand-dyed strands of straw. Exquisite Corpse premiered at Tolarno Galleries in March as part of Melbourne Design Week.

Coming soon! In October, Tolarno Galleries will present a new A&A tallboy for the Sydney Contemporary ‘presents 2020’ online event.

Photograph by Victoria Zschommler.


Peter Atkins

TV Week 1980-1985
Online Viewing Space
26 August to 23 September 2020

A new series of small abstract paintings by Peter Atkins, playing on cultural memories of small screen heroes and villains from the 1980s.

TV Week 1980-1985 attempts to locate pure monochromatic colour within the specific era of the early to mid-1980s. The pastel blues and pinks along with the quintessentially ’80s fluorescent greens and yellows remind us that colour can transport us into another time and emotional space.
The sensational headline ‘Why Jack Thompson Posed Nude’ coupled with the evocative ’Inside Kamahl’s Sydney Mansion’ was the first work in the series which came from the cover of a magazine picked up in a flea market and led into the entire project as more and more magazines were sourced online.
It appeared that each magazine had increasingly more ridiculous headlines, and titles such as ‘Jamie Redfern – Liberace Was Like A Father to Me’ and ‘New Sexy Rolf Harris’ take on a different meaning, adding a somewhat sinister tone, especially when viewed through the lens of history. It’s almost impossible to look back at these magazines with their lurid headlines and storylines and not marvel at the apparent innocence of the 1980s, especially when viewed from the world’s current context.” – Peter Atkins, Melbourne, August 2020

Image: Peter Atkins’ 2019 TV Week series of paintings in his Melbourne studio. Acrylic on board, each painting 28 x 21 cm, 51.5 x 41.5 cm framed.


Amos Gebhardt

Congratulations to Amos Gebhardt who is a finalist in the 2020 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize for the glorious ensemble Family portrait.

The photograph is  from the series Small acts of resistance, an expansive new moving image work created through the inaugural South Australian Film Corporation and SALA Festival Artist in Residence commission, premiering at Samstag Museum of Art, South Australia in October 2020.

Image: AMOS GEBHARDT Family portrait 2020, archival inkjet pigment print, 110 x 170cm, from the series Small acts of resistance 2020.


Danie Mellor ‘The Sun Also Sets’ exhibition – online now

Online Viewing Space
Danie Mellor
The Sun Also Sets
7 August to 5 September 2020

Tolarno Galleries is pleased to present a short film to accompany the new exhibition by Danie Mellor. Watch it in the online viewing space or via YouTube.

From his studio in Bowral, NSW, Danie Mellor talks about The Sun Also Sets with Tyson Yunkaporta (Apalech Clan, Cape York), a Melbourne-based writer and senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University. Our thanks to Thirdrow Films.

Hear more from Danie in interviews with:
ABC RN The Drawing Room
Art Guide

Read the exhibition review at Memo Review


Brent Harris – four new works

Tolarno Galleries is very pleased to present a suite of four new Brent Harris works in the Online Viewing Space in July 2020, direct from the studio.

Brent says, “These paintings have been worked on during the COVID-19 lockdowns. But really my studio practice is quite the same, as with most artists, we are used to working in isolation. The subjects of these panoramic pictures originates in the personal, before hopefully taking on relevance for the individual viewer.”

These previously unseen new works include two paintings, and two related works on paper. Click to enter the viewing room.

Image:  Brent Harris Imaginary Brother 2020, oil on linen, 92 x 73 cm


Craig Reucassel and Ben Quilty in conversation about ‘2020’

Craig Reucassel (The Chaser, The War on Waste) visits Ben Quilty in the studio for a closer look at the new painting, ‘2020’.

Watch  Craig Reucassel and Ben Quilty in conversation.

2020 2020
oil on linen
4 panels, overall 202 x 890 cm


Ben Quilty | 2020

Asked recently how he was spending his time during lockdown, Ben Quilty said he was working on a massive painting entitled 2020 ‘which is about the end of humanity as we know it and that is screaming off the wall.’

It depicts ‘a single figure lying on a table, a self-portrait about the way I feel, the way world politics is derailing a healthy future.’*

Screaming off the wall, 2020 reveals how the Black Summer fires and Coronavirus – back-to-back disasters – impacted on his making of one painting, turning what had begun as ‘notes on chaos’ into a monstrous and powerful portrayal of anger and suffering.

Watch Ben Quilty in the studio with 2020

*Nick Galvin, Kerrie O’Brien and Chloe Wolifson, Portraits of the artists in IsolationThe Sydney Morning Herald, May 29, 2020.