2 May 2019
Finalist in the 2019 Archibald Prize at Art Gallery of NSW

Detail from Imants Tillers,  All hail Greg Inglis  (2019) synthetic polymer paint and gouache on 64 canvasboards nos. 108314-108377, 242 x 242 cm overall. Photo: Schoo’s studio.

Detail from Imants Tillers, All hail Greg Inglis (2019) synthetic polymer paint and gouache on 64 canvasboards nos. 108314-108377, 242 x 242 cm overall. Photo: Schoo’s studio.

Imants Tillers’ portrait of Rugby League legend Greg Inglis has been selected for 2019 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. Tillers writes that: ‘Every human being is the greatest work of art ever created. To witness Greg Inglis in full flight is to see poetry in motion. Thou majestic!…there is far more to Greg Inglis than being an elite Indigenous athlete. He is a hero and role model to Indigenous communities all around Australia, and a community leader of enormous influence.’

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibitions commence on 11 May 2019 and continue until 8 September 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

8 APRIL 2019
Juror for the sixth Purvītis Prize, Riga


Imants Tillers is on the panel of judges for the sixth Purvītis Prize – Latvia’s most prestigious award for contemporary art. Curated by Daiga Rudzaate, the Purvītis prize showcases the work of eight shortlisted artists in a major exhibition at the Latvian National Museum of Art from 23 March - 9 June, with the winner announced on Friday 12 April. 

Fellow jurors are Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Milena Orlova, editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper Russia,  Galila Barzilai Hollander, art collector based in Brussels, Ursula Krinzinger, director of the Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Māra Lāce, director of the Latvian National Museum of Art and Jānis Zuzāns, patron of the Purvītis Prize and chairman of the board at SIA Alfor.

27 MARCH 2019
Art | Basel Hong Kong

Two new large-scale canvasboard paintings will be premiered at Art | Basel Hong Kong on Wednesday 27 April. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is presenting Amygdala Hijack and The Siege at Booth 1C07 from 27 - 31 March 2019.

Amygdala Hijack is based on Malcom Morley’s The Ultimate Anxiety 1978, which depicts a scene of Venice weirdly interrupted by a freight train. The Siege is based on Morely’s Piazza d'Italia with French Knights, 2017, which in turn quotes from the work of the metaphysical painter Giorgio de Chirico.

Art | Basel Hong Kong, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Booth 1C07
Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 March 2019

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18 NOVEMBER 2018
Award of Honour, Kulturas Fonda

On Sunday 18 November 2018 – the Centenary of Latvian Independence – Imants Tillers received the Award of Honour, Kulturas Fonda from the World Association of Free Latvians for his “contribution to the Visual Arts and for honouring Latvia’s unique cultural traditions and disseminating them throughout the world.”

Book Launch and Film Screening at the MCA, Sydney

Join us for the Australian premiere of the documentary Thrown into the World, followed by the launch of the publication Imants Tillers: Journey to Nowhere.

5:30pm for a 5:45pm screening, Level 2, Veolia Lecture Theatre,
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Places are limited. Please RSVP here.

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20 OCTOBER 2018 - 10 FEBRUARY 2019
20/20: Celebrating 20 years with 20 new portrait commissions
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

The 64 canvasboard panel painting Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on Thursday 19 October. The painting will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the 20/20 exhibition until 10 February 2019.

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Joy Knows No Mercy at Arc One Gallery, Melbourne


Imants Tillers’ latest exhibition with Arc One Gallery Joy Knows No Mercy, is presented across two locations: ARC ONE Gallery (4 September – 6 October) and Sydney Contemporary (13 – 16 September). In this significant exhibition Tillers employs his signature canvasboards to form a series of profound and expansive tableaux. The monumental Fiction of Place (2018) is the centrepiece of the exhibition. It is the culmination of the artist’s Metafisica Australe series, an important chapter that explores the remarkable aesthetic connection between certain aspects of contemporary Western Desert paintingand European art. Read the Press Release here.

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12 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2018
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair | B04

Arc One Gallery will present four new works by Imants Tillers at Stand B04, including the major painting Fiction of Place, 2018 on 132 canvasboards (280 x 427 cm), which draws on Francesco Guardi's painting of Venice in The Louvre, and the work of Papunya Tula artist Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa.  

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1 AUGUST 2018
Imants Tillers is interviewed by Eddie Ayres for The Hub on Art, ABC Radio National

Imants Tillers and Eddie Ayres discuss Tillers' Latvian roots and the retrospective exhibition Journey to Nowhere at the Latvian National Museum of Art. Antra Cilinska also speaks to Eddie from Latvia about the new documentary she directed on Tillers' life and works Thrown into the World. Listen online here.  

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21 JULY - 12 AUGUST 2018
Imants Tillers: The Philosophy of Doubt at the Hamilton Gallery
Curated by Paul Greenaway

The Philosophy of Doubt tours to the Hamilton Gallery in Victoria. In this exhibition Tillers looks for common ground between aspects of contemporary Western Desert art and the metaphysical paintings of 20th century Italian master, Giorgio de Chirico.

6 JULY 2018
Imants Tillers: Journey to Nowhere opens at the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga

The largest exhibition of Tillers' work to-date opened at the Latvian National Museum of Art on Friday 6 July. The opening celebration included performances of two pieces of music by composer Rosalind Page: Being & Time for piano, cello and clarinet, performed by Juris Zvikovs, Eriks Kirsfelds and Egils Sefers and Horizon performed by the Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Kaspars Putnins. View the exhibition installation images here

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11 MAY - 16 JUNE 2018
Imants Tillers and Michael Nelson Jagamara
The Call From Papunya
Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

An exhibition of collaborative works by Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers to coincide with the unveiling of QAGOMA's proposed acquisition, Metafisica Australe, 2017. For more information, please contact Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane. 

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3 APRIL 2018
Kangaroo Blank 1988 is jointly acquired by the TATE Modern, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

"No longer invisible: Bringing Australian Art to the TATE Modern", Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April 2018. Photo credit Janie Barrett.

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18 APRIL - 26 MAY 2018
Imants Tillers: From the Studio
The University Gallery, Newcastle

An exhibition of 10 large-scale works from the studio collection. The show spans four decades of Tillers career, from the 1980s to the present, and traces the developments, continuities and cumulative power of The Canvasboard System. For more information see the University Gallery, at the University of Newcastle.


6 JULY - 30 SEPTEMBER 2018
Imants Tillers: Journey to Nowhere
Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga

A major retrospective exhibition will be held at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga from 6 July - 30 September 2018 to coincide with the centenary of Latvian independence in 1918. Curated by Elita Ansone, Journey to Nowhere will include 70 works spanning more than four decades from the 1970s to the present. More information.

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9 FEBRUARY - 18 MARCH 2018
Imants Tillers: The Philosophy of Doubt, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier
Curated by Paul Greenaway
9 February - 18 March 2018

Curated by Paul Greenaway, the works in Philosophy of Doubt span the last ten years of Tillers' practice. The exhibition is on display at the Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambia, from 9 Feb – 18 Mar, 2018.