2021 Exhibitions

UP COMING  26 June 2021 - 24 July 2021

Bill Henson

Bill Henson

A new collection of previously unseen important photographs.

Image: BILL HENSON Untitled JPC SH173 N14 2001-2021, archival inkjet pigment print, 127 x 180 cm (paper size), edition of 5 + 2 AP

PAST  22 May 2021 - 19 June 2021

Andrew Browne

Shoegazer 2.0

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
– Leonard Cohen

In 2020, Melbourne artist Andrew Browne spent the long COVID-19 lockdown developing Shoegazer, a series of drawings premiering online in August 2020. A playful allusion to Shoegaze, a 1990s subgenre of indie rock, the title refers more to subjects and prompts found close at hand… almost underfoot.

These drawings of modest subjects, rich in association, serve as touchstones for Shoegazer 2.0, Andrew Browne’s new collection of paintings: the accidental abstractions of foot-path repairs; a tenacious dandelion emerging from a crevice; a spill of obscure yet florescent liquid; a crazy-patterned mural, or so much carelessly discarded detritus.

As paintings, these introspective images now loom large and take on a heightened significance. Browne highlights uncanny juxtapositions, flashes of colour and discovers secret portals. In these fleeting street scenes, moments of humour, joy and reverie are captured.

Continuing Andrew Browne’s longheld interest in landscape and surreal natural phenomena, Shoegazer 2.0 shines a light on visions that reflect and connect us all.

Click here to view Shoegazer 2.0 online.

Image: ANDREW BROWNE Rockaway 2021, oil and aluminium pigment on linen, 191 x 132 cm

PAST  17 April 2021 - 15 May 2021

Brendan Huntley

Without Within

A new collection of paintings and sculptures.

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Read an interview with Brendan Huntley in Artist Profile. Listen to Brendan Huntley interviewed on 3RRR (go to 01:03:00 to hear the interview during the Maps program with Fee B-Squared).

Image: Brendan Huntley Untitled (moth) 2020, oil pastel, dry pastel, oil and graphite on archival paper, 61.5 x 42 cm (framed)

PAST  12 March 2021 - 10 April 2021

Tim Maguire

Old World, New World

An exhibition of large scale paintings created using Tim Maguire’s colour separation technique. The works are influenced by 17th century Dutch still life, memento mori and the aftermath of Australia’s recent bushfires.

Click to view the Old World, New World exhibition film and viewing space online.

Image: Tim Maguire Untitled 20200902 2020, oil on canvas, 153 x 168 cm

PAST  13 February 2021 - 6 March 2021

Justine Varga


Tachisme is Justine Varga’s first exhibition at Tolarno Galleries. The winner of the Dobell Drawing Prize (2019) and Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture (2017), Varga’s new works rupture any clear distinction between photography and painting.

The negatives from which these photographs derive were smeared and stained with pigment during their long exposures. Justine Varga has always seen her photography as a drawing with light, or more literally as a light-sensitive substrate on which she makes marks or allows the world to leave its own marks.

These photographs make visible an art practice that is at once physical and chemical, autobiographical and contingent, painterly and photographic. Tachisme is a critical rumination on inscription, meaning and knowledge.

An exhibition of PHOTO 2021
International Festival of Photography
18 February – 7 March 2021

Click to view the exhibition online.

Image: Justine Varga Vicissitude 2018-19, chromogenic photograph, 151.5 x 121 cm (framed size), edition of 5 + 2 AP