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New South Wales based artist Tillian Reeves
‘Art is the living water that sustains me.
A fountain of inspiration suddenly rises and like the rainbow in falling rain, paintings appear.’
The beauty and intricacy of the natural world has fascinated New South Whales based artist Tillian Reeves for as long as he can remember, and has stimulated and inspired all his journeys in art and life.
Whether barefoot in the high Himalaya or alone on a small boat in the wide Pacific, Tillian always turned to art for solace. The studio is his home. The cave, the forest, the Valley of Winds, the inner city loft, the mahogany cabin of a wave tossed ketch, the garden chalet at his mothers house in Berrima – these are the many and varied workshops of a restless, reckless soul.
Tillian studied painting, film and photography at a cutting edge art school in Sydney, and more recently completed a Master of Creative Arts Degree at the University of Wollongong. He has had five solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. His latest solo show (March 2019) was “Illuminations” at the “Milk Factory Gallery” in Bowral, NSW.
Founded in modernist traditions Tillian’s practice touches upon rites of desert aboriginal body painting, Indian celebratory ritual and mediaeval divinity adornment. Works are constructed on site during lengthy sessions of immersion in the process of painting and ‘the happening of place’.
The exploration of chosen natural sites using abstracted shapes, symbolic colours and black/white evokes a strong sense of both actual and mythological place. The inscrutable architecture of Nature, arranged in leaf, rock, sky and cloud forms a numinous ground for embedded glyphs – a language of signs and signals intuited during the spontaneous act of painting which are a kind of conscious dreaming. Tillian’s wide multi-panel friezes are visual narratives tracing passages in cyclic time and space.
Tillian feels “If these works, which are essentially expressions of gratitude, help engender a sense or feeling for the value of unspoiled nature, or rekindle the memory of a personal moment of true awe and wonder, or open the eyes to the existence of an unremembered numinous reality, they will have served a useful purpose.”