Tony Lloyd’s paintings of mountain landscapes, endless highways, space exploration and nature portray a timeless and enigmatic world. 

Gippsland Art Gallery Director Simon Gregg writes of Lloyd:

“Lloyd’s works are insistently of the here and now – placing us squarely in the present – but speak of time immemorial; of all time. His paintings have a sense of time frozen, and haunt us through their penetrating ambiguity, speaking of nowhere and of no-when."


In ABC TV's The A to Z of Contemporary Art, the critic and broadcaster Dr Andrew Frost commented,

“In these paintings by Tony Lloyd, the artist evokes the uncanny in a collage of visual elements that don’t quite sit together, and that gives the pictures their palpable sense of eeriness. This is the true Other and contemporary art at it’s best.”


Tony Lloyd began exhibiting while still an undergraduate student at RMIT University. A successful exhibition in his second year financed a trip to New York in the summer break and the art he encountered there proved to be a formative educational experience.

Since gaining his Masters degree in 2001 Lloyd has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. His paintings are in numerous public collections including the State Library of Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery, RMIT Gallery, Artbank, the City of Boroondara and the City of Whitehorse. Lloyd’s work has featured in publications such as ART + Climate = Change from Melbourne University Press and New Romantics, Darkness and light in Australian Art by curator Simon Gregg. His works were also featured in ABC TV’s The A-Z of Contemporary Art.

Lloyd has had several artist residencies including The British School at Rome, 24HR ART Beijing, and Canvas International Art in the Netherlands. The most profound of these experiences being A First Life Residency Project in Landscape facilitated by 24HR Art and the Australia Council. This was a road trip where he and fellow artists Sam Leach and Benjamin Armstrong from Australia, and Cang Xin and Shi Jinsong from China, travelled across the Northern Territory and Western Australia staying in remote Aboriginal communities. The group then travelled to Beijing and went by road from Sichuan to Tibet exploring the foothills of the Himalayas and the rich variety of Chinese and Tibetan culture. The project was documented in Ashley Crawford's 2011 book, A First Life Residency Project in Landscape. Published by 24HR Art. NT

Lloyd has received recognitions for his work, winning the John Leslie Art Prize, the Belle Arti Prize, the Sulman Highly Commended prize, the Gold Coast Art prize People's choice award, the Boy's Choice award at the Kings School Art Prize, the RMIT Post Graduate Award, the Necia Gilbert Memorial Award as well as Development Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and Regional Arts Victoria. 

High Plains Drift Exhibition catalogue with forward by Eric Nash, director of Benalla Art Gallery and essay by Professor Peter Hill (PhD) artist, writer, independent curator and Honorary Enterprise Professor at the VCA, University of Melbourne


Briony Downes. The Colour Of Space. Art Collector. Issue 102 [PDF]

MARS Gallery Director Andy Dinan in conversation with Tony Lloyd [video 38:48]

Analogue Art In A Digital World Catalogue [PDF]

This Is Reality Andrew Frost Art Collector [PDF]

Profile: Tony Lloyd Kent Wilson Artist Profile [PDF]

Tony Lloyd on All the Time in the World Cat Street Gallery Hong Kong [video 7:10]

Tony Lloyd & Sam Leach 2112 Imagining the Future RMIT Gallery [video 6:40]

The A-Z Of Contemporary Art. ABC TV Andrew Frost [video excerpt 0:52]

New Romantics: Darkness and Light in Australian Art Simon Gregg (Excerpt) [PDF]

The Exterior Labyrinth Ashley Crawford Eyeline [PDF]

Mountains Of Madness Ashley Crawford Art Collector [PDF]

Ashley Crawford interviews Tony Lloyd for Lost Highways at Gippsland Gallery [video 35:13]

Lost Highways Simon Gregg Exhibition Catalogue [PDF]

The Road To Caravaggio Gabriella Coslovich The Age [PDF]

Stirring a sleeping beauty Gabriella Coslovich The Age

The Distance Tracey Clement Art Guide

Telaesthesia: reality, painting and technology Tiarney Miekus Art Guide



2023 High Plains Drift Benalla Art Gallery

2022 The Garden Of Forking Paths MARS Gallery Melbourne

2021 Overview MARS Gallery Melbourne

2018 Interglacial MARS Gallery Melbourne

2017 The Distance Gallery 9 Sydney

2016 Elemental Cat Street Gallery Hong Kong

2014 Slow Motion Gallery 9 Sydney

2013 Other Worlds Dianne Tanzer Gallery Melbourne

2012 Here is Everywhere Hill Smith Gallery

2012 All The Time In The World Cat Street Gallery Hong Kong

2011 Into the Void Block Projects Melbourne

2009 The Drift Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2009 Lost Highways (Survey exhibition 1999-2009) Gippsland Art Gallery

2008 Canvas International Art Amstelveen The Netherlands                       

2008 There Are More Things Nellie Castan Gallery Melbourne

2008 World Without End Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2007 Canvas International Art, Amstelveen The Netherlands

2006 Things behind the Sun Nellie Castan Gallery Melbourne

2006 Afterglow Michael Carr Art Dealer Sydney

2005 Distance Michael Carr Art Dealer Sydney

2004 Motion Pictures Nellie Castan Gallery Melbourne

2003 Deep in the Woods Michael Carr Art Dealer Sydney

2003 Canvas International Art Amsterdam The Netherlands

2002 Distraction Arc One Melbourne

2002 Ben Grady Gallery Canberra

2001 Detour Span Galleries Melbourne

2001 Painting After Films RMIT University Faculty Gallery 

2000 Passages Span Galleries Melbourne

1998 In the Interim Span Galleries Melbourne

1996 First Site Gallery RMIT Melbourne

1994 Making Sense Contemporary Art Space North Melbourne



2022 Lux Hill Smith Art Advisory Adelaide

2020 Between the moon and the stars MAGNT Darwin

2018/19 Analogue Art in a Digital World RMIT University Gallery

2018 Focal Point: New realist painting Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2018 IMAGINE Gippsland Art Gallery

2017 Telaesthesia Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2017 timeFRAME Justin Art House Museum

2017 A small show of imperfect paintings Trocadero Art Space

2016 Unworldly Encounters AEAF Adelaide with Sam Leach, Cang Xin and Shi Jinsong

2016 Imagined Worlds Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne.

2016 Flying K35 Gallery Moscow

2015 New Dimensions Hill Smith Gallery

2014 Art in Chemistry, Chemistry in Art Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House London

2014 Conquest of Space COFA UNSW Sydney

2014 Insight Radical Future Space Gallery The Science Exchange Adelaide & The Griffin Gallery London

2013 New Horizons Gippsland Art Gallery

2012 First Life Chan Contemporary Art Centre Darwin with Sam Leach, Cang Xin and Shi Jinsong

2012 2112 Imagining The Future RMIT University Gallery

2011 New Romantics Gippsland Art Gallery

2011 Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art Beijing with Sam Leach, Benjamin Armstrong, Cang Xin and Shi Jinsong

2011 Cat Street Gallery Hong Kong

2010 COMODAA London

2009 Extropian Sullivan & Strumpf Fine Art Sydney

2008 Tempo Reale The British School at Rome

2008 HEAT: Art and Climate Change RMIT University Gallery

2007 Transit The British School at Rome

2005 No Return Kings ARI Melbourne

2004 Oneindige Landschappen Loods 6 Amsterdam

2003 Exhibit 001 Nth Art London

2003 Depth of Field Shepparton Art Gallery & Monash University Museum of Art Melbourne

2003 Melbourne X Canberra Contemporary Art Space & Sydney College of the Arts

2000 A Brush with Death Latrobe Street Gallery Melbourne



2019 Finalist R&M McGivern Art Prize

2019 Finalist Bayside Art Prize

2018 Finalist Tattersall's art prize, Brisbane

2017 Finalist The Kilgour Art Prize. Newcastle Art Gallery

2017 Finalist The Hadley's Art Prize. Hadley's Orient Hotel

2016 Winner Boy's Choice award. Kings School Art Prize

2016 Finalist Fleurieu Art Prize

2015 Finalist Albany Art prize WA

2014 Winner Belle Arti Prize

2014 Highy Commended Sulman Prize AGNSW

2012 Winner John Leslie Art Prize

2012 Finalist Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

2012 Finalist Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize

2011 Finalist The Arthur Guy Prize Bendigo Art Gallery

2010 Finalist Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

2010 Finalist Sulman Prize Art Gallery NSW

2009 Finalist Sulman Prize Art Gallery NSW

2008 Finalist Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

2007 Finalist The Arthur Guy Prize Bendigo Art Gallery

2006 Finalist Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

2005 Finalist Gold Coast Art Prize

2005 Finalist The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2005 Finalist Whyalla Art Prize South Australia

2005 Winner People's Choice Gold Coast Art Prize

2002 Finalist Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

2002 Finalist John Leslie Art Prize

2001 Finalist Gold Coast Art Prize



2020 Regional Arts Victoria. Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative

2019 Necia Gilbert Memorial Award

2010 A First Life Residency (administered by 24HR Art Darwin) Australia Coucil for the Arts

2007 Australia Council for the Arts- Skills and Arts Development Grant

2005 Australia Council for the Arts- Skills and Arts Development Grant

1999-2000 RMIT Post Graduate Research Award

1995 RMIT Union Arts grant



2015-2019 Hawthorn Art Centre Artist in residence.

2017-20 Carey Baptist Grammar School

2016 Oratunga station Flinders Ranges SA

2015 Melbourne Girls Grammar School

2013 ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne

2011 24HR ART Beijing Studio

2010 A First Life Residency in Landscape. Australia / China / Tibet (with Sam Leach, Benjamin Armstrong, Cang Xin and Shi Jinsong)

2008 British School at Rome. Artist Residency. Rome, Italy

2008 Canvas International Art. Artist Residency. Amstelveen, NL

2007 British School at Rome. Artist Residency. Rome, Italy



State Library of Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery, Artbank, RMIT Gallery, City of Boroondara. City of Whitehorse, Macquarie bank, BHP Billiton.



2022 Glossolalia co-curated with Sam Leach and Ashley Crawford, Compendium Gallery Melbourne

2021 NOTFAIR Art fair co-curated with Sam Leach and Ashley Crawford, Melbourne

2019 Chris Henscke Demon Core Dark MOFO

2018 Analogue Art in a Digital World co-curated with Sam Leach,  RMIT University Gallery

2017 Telaesthesia. Hill Smith Gallery Adelaide

2017 NOTFAIR Art fair co-curated with Sam Leach and Ashley Crawford, Melbourne

2014 Insight Radical. Future Space Gallery, The Science Exchange. Adelaide

2010 NOTFAIR Art fair co-curated with Sam Leach and Ashley Crawford, Melbourne



2001   Master of Arts (Fine Art) by research RMIT University

1998   Honours degree Fine Art Painting RMIT University

1997   Bachelor of Arts Fine Art Painting RMIT University



Symposium: Making art in a post digital age

Curator Talk: Analogue Art in a Digital World

Ashley Crawford. Art Collector Magazine Issue 86 Jul 2018

Ashley Crawford. Unworldly Encounters. Exhibition Catalogue. September 2016

Chloe Mandryk. Unworldly Encounters. Art Almanac September 2016

Jane Llewellyn. Close Encounters of the Unworldly Kind. Adelaide Review. September 2016

Jo Higgins. What Next. Australian Art Collector Spring 1883 edition. August 2016

Antonio R. Tony Lloyd Profile, Wide walls.

Marion Piper In conversation with Tony Lloyd. Town Hall Gallery

Andrew Frost Conquest of Space Ex. Cat. 2015

Kent Wilson Artist Profile Issue 29, 2014

Andrew Frost Australian Art Collector 2014

Sam Leach Realistic Representation in Australian Art Vault p-66-69.-Issue 3 April 2013

Dan Rule September 14 2013 The Age

Simon Gregg New Horizons Ex. cat. 2013

Kent Wilson The Submachine September 2013

Andrew Frost, The A-Z of Contemporary Art Ep. 2 ABC TV June 2013

Ashley Crawford Back to the Land. Australian Financial Review Mar 4 2012.

Yvonne Lai Australian painter's moody works. Sth China Morning Post Feb 6 2012.

Ashley Crawford The Exterior Labyrinth Eyeline Jan 2012.

Linda Williams 2112 Imagining the Future Ex. Cat. 2011 RMIT University Gallery.

Simon Gregg New Romantics. Darkness and light in Australian art. Australian Scholarly Publishing. 2012

Gabriella Coslovich, Stirring a sleeping beauty, The Age, October 2011

Ashley Crawford. A First Life Residency Project in Landscape. 24HR Art. NT 2011

Dan Rule June 2011 The Age

Simon Gregg Lost Highways Ex. Cat. 2009

Sam Hill Smith, Sam Leach Australian Art Collector Oct 2009

Ashley Crawford, At the Mountains of Madness Australian Art Collector Oct 2009

Sam Leach, Preview. Artist Profile July 2009

Simon Carver Pushing the Boundaries Melbourne Living 2009

Sam Leach, Interview with Tony Lloyd. Artinfo.com.au

Linda Williams Heat. Art and Climate change. 2008 RMIT University Gallery.

Frances Johnson, Pleasurable Vistas The Age August 22 2008

Sam Leach, There Are More Things www.artinfo.com.au

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill British  School at Rome Fine Arts Cat. 2007

Ashley Crawford, Hell’s Kitchen Ex Cat. May 2006.

Lenny Ann Low, Deep in the Woods, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4th October 2003

Louise Tegart, Depth of Field Exhibition Catalogue, 2003

Sasha Grishin, Melbourne X, The Canberra Times, January 2003

Paola Van De Velde, Donkerebossen in David Lynch-sfeer, De Telegraaf (NL), 17th January 2003

Farrah Tomazin, The City’s Vibrant, Artistic Core, The Age, October 2002

Gabriella Coslovich, On the Road to Caravaggio, The Age, October 2002

Sasha Grishin, Landscapes as if Seen From a Moving Car, The Canberra Times, June 2002

Gabriella Coslovich, Down an Alley, Filled with Art, The Age, November 2001

Paul Atkinson, A Brush with Death, Exhibition Catalogue, 2000

Robert Nelson, Visual Arts Review, The Age, February 2000

Jeff Makin, Critic’s Choice Review, Herald Sun, February 2000

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