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

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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.