Photos by Taryn Ellis
Painting as private, beautiful musings about giants of art and art history; this private experience of making paintings; succulent, simple, feeling, strange coordinates of vision, a manifest presence of a love of being in the manifest presence of art.
The small grandiose. Forging an identity in the presence of other art.
But more: The public experience of seeing art with others, of being a pilgrim but also a tourist, a friend, mother, someone experiencing other people experiencing art.
Tsoulis-Reay’s work revels in the sides of ourselves that are reverent, ribald, mysterious. These paintings are love letters from places that knock us down; places that are populated with others like ourselves, and others who are just there having fun.
Tsoulis-Reay folds these experiences of awe and banality together in beautiful paintings with creamy touch, deep feelings about all the things going on while we are looking at art in public. She makes us make larger claims on our experiences.
These paintings are deliriously mysterious; they drive away the bad spirits that sometimes make us feel that we’re the only ones who really know what’s going on with art. She lets us see that we’re all in this together in the beautiful alchemical stew. We want them…
Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine
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2019 Current PHD Candidate, Monash University, Melbourne
2009 Master of Fine Arts by Research, Monash University, Melbourne
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), RMIT University, Melbourne
2017 Movements, Gallery 9, Sydney
2016 Shared Ruin (with Amy Unkovich) Sutton Project Space, Melbourne
2015 Sightseer, Caves, Melbourne
2011 Playground, St Heliers St Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Submarine, Light Projects, Melbourne
2009 Interior Horizon, MA Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne
2007 Strange Loop, Joint Hassles, Melbourne
2005 The Living Room, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
2005 Small World, West Space, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Caves at Spring 1983, Sydney
2016 A Billion Bucks, The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne
2016 Painting, More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2016 Caves @ Switchback, Federation University, Gippsland
2012 Stupid as a Painter, Lowrise Projects, Melbourne
2012 Museums in the Incident, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne
2011 The Painting Group, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2010 The Painting Group, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne
2010 Photocopier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne