Mary Tonkin

b. 1973

Landscape painter Mary Tonkin completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2002 at Monash University, where she has also lectured. Tonkin has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney since 1999. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and internationally in New York. A survey exhibition titled ‘Home’ was held at Burrinja Gallery in the Dandenong’s in 2012. Tonkin was awarded the National Gallery of Victoria Trustee award in 1994 and 1995 and Dobell drawing prize in 2002. She was the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshield foundation grant in 1998 and Australian post-graduate fellowship award in 2000. Tonkin’s work is held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC and several regional and tertiary institutions.

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For the Love of Trees – Burrinja’s creative response to the devastating June storm event

Image above: Mary Tonkin  After, Kalorama  2021  oil on linen  183 x 320 cm We are delighted to share this …

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Mary Tonkin and Angus Fisher – Finalists in the Hawkesbury Art Prize 2021

Image: Mary Tonkin  Out there, Kalorama  2020  oil on birch ply board  60 x 60cm Congratulations to Mary Tonkin and …

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Rosalind Atkins, Philip Davey, David Frazer and Mary Tonkin – The Big Tree and Other Landscapes From the Whitehorse Art Collection

Image above: Mary Tonkin  Crack, Kalorama  2012  oil on linen  62 x 68 cm Featuring a selection of artworks from …

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Julian Twigg – Upcoming Artist Residency at Lighthouse Arts, Nobbys-Whibayganba, Newcastle

Julian Twigg is the successful applicant for an artist residency at Lighthouse Arts, Nobbys-Whibayganba, Newcastle. In anticipation of his 2023 …

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Camie Lyons – Finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize

Camie Lyons  Stick Figures (keepers)  bronze  in situ at the North Sydney Art Prize Coal Loader site   In the North Sydney …

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2022 Salon des Refusés – Selection announced

Congratulations to Graeme Drendel, Michelle Hiscock, Martin King, Glenn Morgan, Mary Tonkin and Christine Wrest-Smith who are included in the …

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David Frazer – Finalist in the International Biennial Print Exhibit

David Frazer  Love letter (panels 1 and 2)  2020  lino-cut  100 x 148 cm   Congratulations to David Frazer, who …

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Angus Fisher & Martin King – Finalists in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Martin King  Tree of life, unsuccessful species  2021  dry point, chine colle and hand colouring  168 x 165 cm   …

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Janet Luxton – ‘Feather and Brush, A History of Australian Bird Art’ by Penny Olsen

Janet Luxton  Orange bellied parrot  2016  oil on linen  120 x 156 cm   Congratulations to artist Janet Luxton who …

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Lewis Miller – Finalist in the 2022 Archibald Prize and Rodney Pople – Finalist in the Sulman Prize

Lewis Miller  Deborah Conway  oil on linen  137.5 x 122 cm Congratulations to Lewis Miller who has been selected as …

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Rona Green – Art Almanac Feature

“Whatever I create is a musing on persona, contemplation about individuality and the notion of modification.” – Rona Green We …

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Marina Strocchi – Finalist in the 2022 National Works on Paper

Marina Strocchi  Elgee Park  2022 acrylic on hand made recycled Indian rag paper  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Marina …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Finalist in The Kings School Art Prize, 2022

Image at top: Jennifer Keeler Milne  Jacaranda Mimosifolia  2021  oil on linen  92 x 198 cm     Congratulations to …

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