Paul Snell: Chromophilia, 17 May – 10 June 2017

Paul Snell explores the possibilities of abstraction in photomedia. For Chromophilia, he rhythmically repeats, pairs, overlaps and sequences visual data to create luminous abstractions in uncountable varieties of colours. The smooth plexiglas surface of each object gives a screen-like illusion of depth and distance, and as Snell explains, “invites the viewer into a space of inner contemplation and transcendence.”

Snell has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Australia and internationally. In 2016 he presented his major solo exhibition, Liminal, at the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery, Launceston and was finalist in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award at the Gold Coast City Gallery. In 2015 he was winner of the Whyalla Art Prize. Snell is a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art and was awarded his Master of Creative Arts from the University of Tasmania in 2011. He is represented in the collections of ArtBank, Devonport Regional Gallery, Burnie Regional Gallery and the Justin House Museum. Chromophilia is Snell’s third exhibition with the gallery.


Tony Lloyd: The Distance, 17 May – 10 June 2017

The Distance, Tony Lloyd’s second exhibition with Gallery 9, continues his fascination with mountains, highways, darkness and space travel. In this exhibition, immense mountains are contrasted with distant aircraft, jet vapour trails are likened to road lines, and footprints in the snow read as an indecipherable Morse code. In other works, asteroids appear out of the darkness above endless highways, melding night and space into a single perspective. Lloyd’s enigmatic scenes of remote and unpopulated landscapes are difficult to locate. Curator Simon Gregg writes of Lloyd: “His paintings have a sense of time frozen, and haunt us through their penetrating ambiguity, speaking of nowhere and of no-when.“

Tony Lloyd has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally for over twenty years. He was winner of the 2014 Belle Arti Art prize and the 2012 John Leslie prize for Landscape. In 2014 Lloyd was awarded highly commended in the Sir John Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. He received the RMIT Post Graduate Award and has undertaken residencies at the British School at Rome, Canvas International Art in Amsterdam and 24Hour Art, Beijing. Lloyd is represented in the collections of Artbank, BHP Billiton, City of Whitehorse, Gippsland Art Gallery, Macquarie Bank, RMIT Gallery and the State Library of Victoria.


Julian Hooper: 19 April – 13 May 2017

In Blind Love, Julian Hooper returns to portraiture, a subject he explored previously in the historically themed Liliu and Future’s Counsel series. Hooper’s portraits emerge out of highly reduced configurations of abstract shapes and motifs. In this exhibition, he transfers the linear style of his drawings to painting, preferring simple black washes and the cream of unprimed canvas to the more intricate and colourful layering of past work. Hooper also introduces an element of collage, with pieces of painted canvas adhered to the front and sides of the supports. The graphic construction of the work frees the picture of painterly nuance and exploits the reductive simplicity of drawing. This makes room for new complexities, such as the trompe l’oeil painted timber frames, and the inclusion of motifs reminiscent of Cubism and Constructivism. As with all of Hooper’s paintings, these works draw from a deep pool of art historical knowledge. The paintings present themselves as riddles that need to be carefully considered and turned over. They are closer to being masks than portraits, in that they attempt to conceal their personal meanings.

Julian Hooper has held over 20 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and New York. In 2016 he featured in Necessary Distraction, a survey of contemporary New Zealand painting at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Hooper is represented in the Queensland Art Gallery collection as well as major collections throughout New Zealand including the Chartwell and Wallace collections, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the University of Auckland collection.


Jake Walker: 19 April – 13 May 2017

The title of Jake Walker’s new exhibition, Time Frame, puns on the potential of the picture frame to enclose and contain time. In this series, the viewer digs through gaps and transparencies to discover an archeology of surfaces. Sometimes a signature or line drawing is spontaneously etched into the final coat of paint – a reminder of the artist’s most recent contact with the surface. Walker’s ceramic frames carry their own sense of history, carefully revealing stages of the firing process. Their protrusions and appendages evoke instruments of antiquity and pieces of modernist pottery. They subvert their traditional function as window frames and become containers for the painted object, enclosing and charging it with energy. In an age when time is increasingly framed by the shallow flicker of a screen, Walker’s art makes us slow down and look back.

Walker received his MFA at Otago School of Fine Art in Dunedin in 1991. Recent solo  exhibitions include Geyserland, Dutton Gallery, New York; Suggested Things, Hamish McKay, Wellington, 2016; Unemployment Works, Station, Melbourne, 2016; Sydney Contemporary with Gallery 9, 2015; The Town Belt, City Gallery, Wellington, 2014; Paintings Questions, Gallery 9, Sydney, 2013; Painting and Relief, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, 2012. Select group exhibitions include 5 Perspectives, The Young, Wellington, 2014; Assembly, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Never-Never Land, Roslyn Oxley 9 in collaboration with Utopian Slumps, Sydney, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. Walker’s work is held in the Wallace Arts Trust, Chartwell Collection (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki), the Joyce Nissan collection, the Te Papa Tongarewa collection, as well as various private collections in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. Walker was a Gertrude Contemporary resident studio artist from 2011 to 2012. He lives and works in Featherston, New Zealand.


Kristina Tsoulis–Reay: Movements, 22 March – 15 April 2017

Kristina Tsoulis-Reay is concerned with articulating the visual properties of memory through painting. In Movements she captures women and girls during mundane, quotidian moments of introspection. These are intimate moments during which the human subject drifts and is absorbed into their surroundings. Her fluid brushstrokes create a sensory confusion that transforms and invigorates the photographic source. Each painting interacts in a continuum of separate (yet inseparable) images, mirroring the active form of memory, where disparate moments become linked across time and space. Tsoulis-Reay hints at the collective power present in the individual moment, suggesting the potential for groundswell, for change, for movement.

Tsoulis-Reay completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at RMIT University in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts at Monash University in 2014. She has held solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery; Caves; St Heliers St Gallery; Light Projects; Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts and West Space. Her work was included in Painting, More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in 2016. Group exhibitions include shows at The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne; Federation University, Gippsland; Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne; Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Utopian Slumps, Melbourne; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; One Minutes Foundation, The Netherlands.

Movements is the artist’s first exhibition at Gallery 9.


Elaine Campaner: Petri Dish, 22 March – 15 April 2017

Elaine Campaner photographs transient dioramas of found objects. She plays with the spatial relationships between objects, discovering evocative connections, visual illusions and conceptual complexity. This exhibition represents certain types of environmental and political imagery that ‘seeps’ into the artist’s domestic life. Potent symbols and forms re-emerge in the miniature world of everyday things: control towers in coffee pots, cooling towers in saltshakers. Campaner compares her photography to painting, explaining that the object merely replaces the brush. Her eye and imaginative powers are focused on the formal qualities and metaphorical possibilities of objects, and the ways in which they might interact ‘to make an image with its own internal visual coherence and narrative.’

Campaner studied at the Sydney College of the Arts and graduated with Honours in 1999. She has held several solo shows in Sydney and New Zealand. Selected group shows include Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 2015; Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections, touring exhibition, 2014; Object-shift, Objectspace, Auckland, 2014; Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2012-2013; Home Sweet Home: The Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, 2003.

Campaner is represented in the collections of Art Bank, Art Gallery of NSW, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie Group Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Gallery of Australia, NRMA, Sydney City Council, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong and Hawkesbury One Collective.


David Ralph: Absent Presence, 22 March – 15 April 2017

David Ralph reflects on the psychology of architectural spaces and what they say about the people who inhabit them. Recent work has looked at the buildings that artists and musicians colonise and transform. After moving to Leipzig in 2014, Ralph became interested in the derelict structures that artists choose to reoccupy. Ralph finds the ‘theatre of life’ inscribed within the walls of these spaces, and describes his atmospheric, jewel-like paintings as collective portraits of the people who have occupied them over time.

David Ralph is based between Melbourne and Leipzig, Germany. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and an MA (Fine Art) from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Since the early 2000s Ralph has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney and featured in curated group exhibitions in Australia, New York, London and Paris. He is a former Sulman Prize finalist and recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. In 2013 Ralph was the recipient of the Australia Council, Visual Arts Board skills and arts development grant, which allowed him to undertake the LIA Leipzig International Art Program in Germany.

Ralph is represented in numerous collections including the Fondation D’Art Contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain (Paris), British Airways Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Port Philip City Council, City of Yarra Council and the RACV.


Michael Taylor: 22 Feb – 18 March 2017

Michael Taylor has observed the changing colours and atmospheric conditions of NSW’s Monaro district and southern coastline for over forty years. Dominated by a range of blues and purples from light to dark, this exhibition records night, sea, sky and rain. His paintings draw on his infinitely textured experience of nature – its moods and elemental sensations. Their expressive sweep of energy also charts his movement within the landscape, either on foot or by car. Time, space, water and light are exhilaratingly conflated into vivid, shifting concentrations of paint and colour.

This exhibition comes after Taylor’s first complete survey, Michael Taylor: 1963–2016, was presented at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2016. Taylor has exhibited regularly since 1963 after completing his diploma at the National Art School (then East Sydney Technical College). In 1971 he relocated to the Monaro region south of Canberra and today divides his time between his property in Cooma and the far south coast.

The National Gallery of Australia holds the most extensive collection of Taylor’s works, numbering 115 paintings, collages and drawings. He is also included in the collections of BHP, Joye Art Foundation, High Court of Australia, Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Taylor has participated in important international and Australian exhibitions including the Biennale des Jeunes, Paris (1963); Contemporary Australian Painting, Los Angeles (1966); Australian Art Today, touring South-East Asia (1969); Ten Australians, touring Europe (1974–75); Landscape and Abstraction, Nolan Gallery (1986); I had a dream, NGV (1996); and more recently, Moist, NGA (2005); and Fireworks, touring QLD, NSW and VIC regional galleries (2005).

This will be the artist’s fifth solo show at Gallery 9.

‘Taylor’s paintings are a source of revelation and inspiration’
–Sasha Grishin, Canberra Times, 18 July 2016

‘He is one of the most significant living artists in Australia, with works in most major public collections and a practice spanning six decades’
–Sally Pryor, The Age, 13 July 2016


Pie Rankine: Zigzag, 25 Jan – 18 February 2017

Everything consists of connection, and these connections are rarely made in a linear or predictable fashion. Ruptures, holes and distortions appear. Zigzag is continual movement, immanent in the dimensions of time and space. It is the movement of the possibilities of life itself. As movement of whole and part bodies, as movement of lightning, as movement of an ear, an eye, a paw, as movement of the forces of gravity and desire, as movement of animals in and out of territory.
–Pie Rankine, 2017

Pie Rankine studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, and went on to exhibit widely in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney in the 1980’s. In 1988 she featured in the exhibition A New Generation at the National Gallery, Canberra, and in 1985 undertook the Australia Council Residency in Besozzo, Italy. In 2014 Rankine began making ceramic sculptures, and is a current Masters candidate at La Trobe University. Her work is in the collections of the British Museum (Department of Prints and Drawings), Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the John McBride Collection, Sydney.

Zigzag is Rankine’s first exhibition at Gallery 9.


David Palliser: Autumn’s Atom, 25 Jan – 18 Feb 2017

Beyond the unawkward
Keep the ingredients motiveless
Painting is sculpture
Find a state of suspension
I may as well have no idea
Make your own found objects
Mineral vs. Fake
Never allow predigested solutions
Ignore professionals
Art is not lawnmowing
Trust folding turnbuckle arrangements
Weirdly this is where the real picture begins
Collapse is wonderful
Drink plenty of water
Art won’t help
– David Palliser 2017

Melbourne based David Palliser has exhibited for over thirty years with solo and group exhibitions across Australia. Recent group shows include Bilder Bilder (2016) Neon Parc, Melbourne; Return (2015) Daine Singer, Melbourne, and Melbourne Now (2013) National Gallery of Victoria. In 2016 Palliser was recipient of the Victorian College of Arts residency at Phasmid Studios, Berlin. He is included in significant public and corporate collections, including the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Macquarie Bank, the John McBride and the Phillip Morris Collections.

Autumn’s Atom is Palliser’s first exhibition at Gallery 9.