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Nature Speaks:AT, 2002
Synthetic polymer paint, on 16 canvasboards
102 x 142 cms
Imants Tillers was born in Sydney in 1950 and currently resides in Cooma, NSW. Although he has no formal art training he has become one of Australia’s most internationally acclaimed artists. His work has been included in many international exhibitions including representing Australia in the XIII Bienal de Sao Paulo and 1986 Venice Biennale.
He has had several surveys of his work presented internationally, including, Imants Tillers: Works 1979-1988 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 1988 and Towards Infinity: Works by Imants Tillers, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO) in Monterrey, Mexico in 1999-2000. His work has also been included in the international exhibition, Empathy: Beyond the Horizon, at the Pori Art Museum in Finland in 2001 which Tillers also co-curated and Art After Art, at the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen in 2002.
Since 1980 Tillers has composed his large grid paintings using small prepared canvas boards used by amateur artists and has sequentially numbered each one therefore connecting each work with the others and a part of the greater whole. His imagery has typically been appropriated from other artists, both historic and contemporary, engaging with notions that provincial culture derives its influences from imports of dominant cultures and concepts of displacement, both geological and spiritual.
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