2020 Exhibitions

CURRENT  7 August 2020 - 5 September 2020

Danie Mellor

The Sun Also Sets

Online Viewing Room only

Comprising sepia-tone paintings overlaid with iridescent wash, as well as large-format photomontages, the series signals a new approach by Danie Mellor.

Click to download the exhibition essay by Tony Magnusson.

Click to download the artist text by Danie Mellor.

Image: Danie Mellor As darkness is 2020
Chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper 126 x 186 cm
Edition of 3 + 2 AP

Installation photography by Andrew Curtis

CURRENT  29 July 2020 - 23 August 2020

Brent Harris

Four new works

Online Viewing Room only

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.

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

PAST  16 May 2020 - 20 June 2020

Benjamin Armstrong

Under the Southern Sky


Online Viewing Room only

A new series of 8 linocuts.

Image: Benjamin Armstrong Shear l (2020), linocut, pigments & binder on polyester, 134 x 150 x 3.5 cm

Click to read the accompanying essay Contact Images by Quentin Sprague.

PAST  1 May 2020 - 1 June 2020

Bill Henson

Bill Henson | Three new works

Online Viewing Room only

Three new Bill Henson works, just released from the studio

“We should remind ourselves, from time to time, that despite what goes on in the world, the best in art always recommends the truth and its sometimes complex and ambiguous nature. As Plato said ‘beauty is the splendor of truth.’ ” – Bill Henson, 1 May 2020

Image: BILL HENSON ‘Untitled 2010-20’ RC SH47 N32C (2010–20) archival inkjet pigment print 127 x 180 cm (paper size)

PAST  28 April 2020 - 28 May 2020

Amos Gebhardt


Online Viewing Room only

An online feature dedicated to the Amos Gebhardt video Evanescence (2018), and the related photography series.

Scheduled to coincide with the Art Collector magazine issue #92 cover story, April – June 2020.

PAST  4 April 2020 - 9 May 2020

Justine Varga


Online Viewing Room only 

Premiering Justine Varga’s new body of work.

Pictured: Justine Varga with her winning 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize work Photogenic Drawing (2018), chromogenic photograph 151.5 x 120 cm, 154.5 x 124 cm (framed). Photo by Peter Morgan, courtesy National Art School

Click to read the catalogue essay by Andrés Mario Zervigón.

PAST  20 March 2020 - 1 April 2020

Brent Harris

Works from 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres

Online Viewing Room only

Available Brent Harris works from the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres.

New paintings and prints are on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia 29 February to 8 June 2020.

Image: Brent Harris more 2019, oil on linen , 244 x 175 cm

PAST  12 March 2020 - 28 March 2020


Exquisite Corpse / Cadavre Exquis


The debut exhibition from industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur.


Part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria, 12 – 22 March 2020.

Download the media release.


Pictured: A&A Archant (2018-2019) console. Custom dyed rye straw, birch ply, brass, 91 (h) x 156 (w) x 36 (d) cm

PAST  8 February 2020 - 29 February 2020

Ben Quilty

150 years

An exhibition of new works from Ben Quilty.

Through Quilty’s ominous and heterogeneous approach in 150 years each work invites us to participate in a critical discussion. The same Quilty who explored the spiritual hollowness of contemporary masculinity in paintings of passed-out mates is present here, yet these themes are refracted through the decades since, through experience, a global and pervasive uncertainty, and a tangible level of disillusionment. In an age of authoritarian revival, Quilty’s decades-long interrogation of masculinity is gaining momentum.

Recently dubbed a ‘critical citizen’ by curator Lisa Slade, Quilty’s new work at Tolarno more explicitly depicts a self- critical citizen. In this case Self may not necessarily connote oneself, but one’s milieu, an individual splattered, dispersed throughout their socio-cultural plane. The artist – as well as a few family members and friends – are present in the landscape of the Rorschach, in the abstract works, and of course in Santa himself.

Download the 150 Years exhibition essay by Milena Stojanovska.

Image: Ben Quilty After the Pink Dress (Self Portrait) 2019, oil on linen, 265 x 202 cm