Benalla Art Gallery


17 March- 7 May

Painted from both photographs and memory, Tony Lloyd presents High Plains Drift, a selection of his paintings from the past two decades inspired by hiking trips around Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Evoking the vast and epic landscapes of the High Country near to Benalla, these hyperreal landscapes go beyond pictorial representation. They occupy the same rarefied air as the landscapes themselves, and through their exacting execution, have audiences questioning the slippery space between reality and fantasy.


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

Hill Smith Art Advisory

& MARS present


An exhibition of serene and crystalline paintings by award winning artists Tony Lloyd and Magda Cebokli. Lloyd’s singular meditations on light and atmosphere in mountainous terrains are distillations of time experienced at high altitude. Cebokli meticulously explores light and the structure of space with oscillating frameworks of pure geometry.

25 - 27 November

MEZZ55, 55 Rundle Street, Kent Town



Art Collector Magazine

The Colour of Space



The Garden Of Forking Paths


MARS Gallery 7 James St Windsor

MARS presents a new exhibition of serene and crystalline paintings by artist Tony Lloyd. The Garden of Forking Paths is a journey through landscapes both real and imagined. Based on photographs taken on recent trips to New Zealand’s South Island, the Berner Oberland region of Switzerland and the Victorian High Country, Lloyd’s works capture essential aspects of these locales, each painting is a distillation of time experienced at high altitude. Some images are singular meditations on light and atmosphere in alpine terrains, from the transparent blue of midday to the darkening pinks and mauves of evening. In other works, the artist subtly manipulates his landscapes, moulding mountains into human profiles and creating visual palindromes. Although based on real places, Tony Lloyd’s paintings portray a world that is more psychologically evocative than it is geographically specific.




MARS Gallery 7 James St Windsor



I had a great conversation with artist and podcaster Jack Rowland.

Listen to it here.




September 2020

Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative

Grant recipient

Regional Arts Victoria


Celebrating 15 years

12-20 December

MARS Gallery 7 James St Windsor

R & M McGivern Prize


23 November 2019 - 2 February 2020

Mass Movement has been selected for the R & M McGivern Prize. The prize is held every three years, with a different theme each year, the $25,000 acquisitive prize for painting calls for artists across Australia to consider the impact of human habitation on the environment. The winner will be announced 23 November 2019.


from 9 September

State Library of Victoria

North rotunda

Dark Mofo 2019

Chris Henschke: Demon Core

Curated by Tony Lloyd


Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

Bayside Gallery

24 May – 21 July 2019


Art Central Hong Kong


27 - 31 March 2019



07 Dec 2018-19 Jan 2019

How do artists find new content in digital media? How has technology altered the nature of analogue art practices? Analogue art in a digital world, curated by Sam Leach and Tony Lloyd, presents a survey of contemporary artists who use the analogue practices of painting and drawing to create artworks that engage with or are influenced by digital visual culture.

Artists Monika Behrens, Natasha Bieniek, Chris Bond, Andrew Browne, Magda Cebokli, Simon Finn, Juan Ford, Stephen Haley, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Sam Leach, Tony Lloyd, Amanda Marburg, Viv Miller, Jan Nelson, Becc Ország, David Ralph, Datsun Tran, Darren Wardle, Alice Wormald.

RMIT Gallery

Art Collector Magazine


25 October - 24 November 2018

“Lloyd’s works are insistently of the here and now – placing us squarely in the present – but speak of time immemorial; of all time.”

Simon Gregg, Director Gippsland Art Gallery

Lost Highways Ex. Cat.

Tony Lloyd is an explorer, of mountains, highways and in his imagination, space. His realist paintings have a cinematic majesty and a dreamlike strangeness to them. They are epic visions of landscapes at singular moments in time; sunrise creeping across a rock face; a car’s headlights illuminating the darkness, a weightless asteroid hovering in empty space.

“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.”

Andrew Frost, The A to Z of contemporary art ABCTV

Last year Lloyd spent three weeks hiking through the Swiss Alps looking for new landscapes to paint.

“All the superlative things that have been said about mountains are quite true; that their vastness is humbling, that they have a sense of the numinous, and that they are the embodiment of the sublime.”

The paintings in Interglacial have come out of that time.

It has been five years since Tony Lloyd’s last solo exhibition in Melbourne and this will be his first show at MARS Gallery.


Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize

September 2018

Earlier this year I was invited to participate in the Tattersall's Club Landscape Art prize. I have submitted Near Earth Asteroid with Highway (Eros) for the judges consideration. Four judges form the judging panel; one judge is from interstate, one represents the public gallery administration, one is a practicing artist and the fourth judge is a representative of the Tattersall's Club Committee. The award attracts up to 80 artists to participate each year. The award is acquisitive and the winning entry becomes the newest addition to Tattersall’s Club's art collection. 




“Painting is always fictional,” says Tony Lloyd when discussing the links between photography, painting and realism. While the artist is interested in the various realities that can be depicted through paintings, he’s also invested in how photography can be a tool for painting. Lloyd is exhibiting in Focal Point: New Realist Painting, alongside prominent Australian painters: Ben Howe, Camilla Tadich, Matthew Quick, Robin Eley, Shannon Smiley


Hill Smith Gallery

10 May - 26 May 2018 

"Focal Point is obviously a reference to photography, a very important tool for the realist painter. We often mimic the optics of the camera lens, adding sharp and soft focus to our paintings for effect.

Realism in painting has been around for a long time (paintings don’t look more real than the works of Jan Van Eyck from the 15th century), and Realism has meant different things at different times. Now the term is usually applied to any painting that looks something like a photograph, but in this CGI augmented world, a picture can look realistic without looking like reality.

Many painters like myself use digital technology, we manipulate photographic imagery to plan our paintings. The process of careful observation and translation of pixels into paint is still necessary to create the illusion of realistic objects in realistic space, but we are always looking for new realities to paint. Contemporary visual culture is expanding our notion of what reality looks like, from Instagram to IMAX, from the iPhone to the Hubble telescope, it’s all grist for the mill of Realist painting."

Tony Lloyd


Gippsland Art Gallery 

6 January - 18 March 2018

One of the most exciting, ambitious, and beautiful exhibitions ever staged in regional Australia will be the first mounted in the new Gippsland Art Gallery, following a two-year, $14.53 million redevelopment. Titled Imagine, the exhibition of 134 works from 81 local, national, and international artists will take visitors on a journey through five centuries of art making. Cumulatively, Imagine reveals a history of the earth as told through the human imagination, from the fires of first creation through to the science and technology of today and beyond.

Conceived by Gippsland Art Gallery Curator Simon Gregg.



3 September - 6 December

This exhibition of works from the collection of Susan Taylor and Peter Jones at the Justin Art House Museum aspires to open a window on a living collection that is still growing and expanding into new areas.

"Tony Lloyd is generally classified as a realist painter, one of the top five in Australia according to Andrew Frost in the latest Art Collector magazine. The attraction to us of his work at this time was not only the precision of the painting, but his selection of particular scenes and their cinematic treatment: lonely roads at night, subways, eerie mountain landscapes. Swerve catches a moment of tension between something that has happened and something that is about to happen, a driver losing control of his vehicle, witnessed only by the deep blue of the night sky through the treetops. VERY Twin Peaks!"


Issue 302 October 2017


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