Tillian lives and works in Bundanoon, a highland village bordering the vast gorges of the Morton National Park. He studied painting, film and photography at Alexander Mackie Art School, Sydney, and more recently completed a Master of Creative Arts Degree with distinctions at Wollongong University. He has had four solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group shows.

Influenced by Indian ritual art, Aboriginal desert painting and Western art traditions Tillian’s acrylic landscapes are visual narratives tracing passages in cyclic time and space. Works are constructed on site during sessions of immersion in the ‘happening of place’. The inscrutable architecture of nature, arranged in leaf, rock and cloud transform into a numinous ground of embedded glyphs intuited and transcribed during the act of painting.

Paintings are produced during states of ‘conscious dreaming’ in which the making of marks, detached from preconception, give rise to emergent forms and motifs.

The exploration of Tillian’s chosen natural sites, through repeated re-presentations of the allegorical ellipsis, using abstracted shapes, symbolic colours and black/white, evokes a strong sense of both actual and mythological place.

In Tillian’s words:
“My art is a journal, or rather, my pictures illustrate a passage through life, and the images are captures of the heart”.

“My art deals with anxiety, longing, and ecstatic recognition. I paint not things, but transposed sensations. They take the form of glyphs, signs and mythic fictions”.

“Colour is a way, a stimulant. Colour is the angel I have learned to trust. Forms appear spontaneously. I do not have anything specific to say; my paintings present themselves before me”.

“My paintings breathe out the voices in the land”

“The paintings are not my dreams but they are the dream’s calling. They are not frozen moments but liminal enactments on the other side of time. They move, but only because voice has motion”.

“The question of becoming an artist never occurred to me, I have always made pictures”.

“If there is a language I have always spoken, painting, for me, is the key to its translation”.

A selection of Tillian’s work