Exhibition | Wonders of the Worlds by Tony Windberg

Exhibition | Wonders of the Worlds by Tony Windberg

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Worlds collide as past and present merge in Wonders of the Worlds. See the latest works from West Australian artist Tony Windberg.

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Worlds collide as past and present merge in Wonders of the Worlds. Images of antiquity - Roman ruins, Greek temples, the Pyramids and Petra - are resurrected from black and white photographs of century old volumes of Wonders of the Past. These combine with scenes of a wild terrain of sand and stone, a new frontier, the pristine landscapes of Mars.

Windberg’s innovative use of materials and techniques connects the artworks to his subject through a mix of traditional and non-conventional art materials. Iron oxides reflect the rusty hues of Mars, chalk and marble dust the limestone temples and pyramids. Surfaces and textures are methodically built up then ‘weathered’ to suggest the passage of time.

In this thought-provoking exhibition of contrasts and contradictions, the rise and fall of empires reveals our strengths and weaknesses, our achievements and vulnerabilities. Human civilisation has built great monuments and achieved extraordinary heights as we look to other worlds. Do we have the power to save our own?

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Represented by Art Collective WA. Tony Windberg was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1966. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from Curtin University in 1986, with a major in painting. Since his first solo exhibition in 1989, he has held numerous solo shows and exhibited in prestigious national and state group exhibitions.

Tony's artwork has won numerous awards and is represented in private, public and corporate collections including Artbank, Janet Holmes á Court Collection, Kerry Stokes Collection, Rio Tinto, Wesfarmers, Woodside Energy, Curtin University, The University of WA, Edith Cowan University, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, St. John of God Health Care, the City collections of Perth, Armadale, Melville, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton-Greenough, Rockingham, Joondalup, Vincent and Wanneroo, and in the National Collection of the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award in Grafton, NSW.

Windberg has a long association with Bunbury Regional Art Gallery since first exhibiting there in the post-graduate Resilience exhibition (1987). He has participated in numerous Bunbury Biennale exhibitions (2021, 2019, 2013, 2009, 2007), and the Survey exhibitions (SWAN South West Art Now 2022, 2020, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006). He was the winner of Best Overall Award in The South West Survey, 2013, 2011 and received Acquisition Awards in the Bunbury Biennale exhibitions in 2013, 2009, 2007. He won the Packers Prize in the South Western Times Art 2020, with the City of Bunbury adding the artwork Island State to his other works in their collection.

Supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, through Regional Arts Australia.

Tony Windberg is represented by Art Collective WA

Image: Tony Windberg, Wonders of the World VII (detail), 2022, conte crayon, oil. Image photographed by Rob Baker

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