Sarah Tomasetti

b. 1968

Sarah Tomasetti is highly regarded for her luminous fresco paintings and installations. She has gained substantial knowledge and training in the traditional methods of fresco, using materials that have been employed since antiquity. The fresco surfaces that form the basis of her work are made on a wall constructed from lime putty mortar and then detached by means of a cloth embedded early in the process. Landscape images are then brushed drawn and incised, tracings of stone into a surface itself returning to stone. Detachment and the addition of staining and encaustic wax reveal the internal structure of the fresco skin, thus embedding a sensed fragility in the substrate of the work. These landscapes seek to explore our shifting relationship with the natural world in an atmosphere of contemporary unease.

Sarah Tomasetti graduated from RMIT University and La Trobe University, Melbourne with graduate diplomas in Fine Art and Italian Studies in 1994. After graduating, Sarah undertook an internship in fresco painting at the Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella in Italy and, on returning to Australia, completed a Masters in Fine Art at RMIT University. She has undertaken further residencies in China, Fiji, Italy and the USA and has numerous solo and group exhibitions to her name. Winner of the acquisitive John Leslie Art Prize at the Gippsland Art Gallery in 2020, Sarah also has work represented in a number of private and public collections including Artbank, Macquarie Bank, BHP Billiton, National Australia Bank and Grafton, Tamworth and Muswellbrook Regional Galleries.

Sarah is a lecturer in Fine Art at RMIT University and has recently completed a doctoral project entitled Mnemonic Mountain, looking at the way the mountain imaginary co-creates the way remote regions are traversed and depicted. In response she developed the fresco skin as a fluid sculptural form responsive to cycles of land formation and disintegration.





In Blog

Pippin Drysdale, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – Finalists in the 2022 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

Sarah Tomasetti  Incoming Snows (Uttarakhand Series)  2022  oil on Roman black fresco plaster  83x150cm   Congratulations to artists Pippin Drysdale, …

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Sarah Tomasetti – Finalist in the Gosford Art Prize 2021

Image: Sarah Tomasetti  From Balpatta IV  2021  oil and incision on fresco plaster with muslin, mounted on stretched canvas  145 …

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Barbie Kjar – Winner of the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

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Andrew Antoniou and Barbie Kjar – Finalists in the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

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Jennifer Keeler Milne – Grafton Regional Gallery

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Barbie Kjar & Mary Tonkin – Finalists in the 2024 Rick Amor Drawing Award

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