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Zak Tilley is a Northern Territory-based artist concerned with how one relates and identifies with the natural environment, the Australian native flora, fauna and landscape.
During his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of Fine Arts, UNSW , Sydney, Zak majored in Drawing and Painting but mostly produced mixed media paintings, dyed and embroidered textiles, sculptures and ceramics.
With a background in education and social services, Zak is currently completing his Master of Secondary Teaching whilst working in youth development and engagement in Alice Springs. Zak derives much of his artistic style and creative philosophies from working in the social & community services, as well as facilitating creative workshops for youth and community development.
About his art Zak Tilley says …
“My work is a critical analysis and personal investigation of my relationship with the Australian landscape.”
“Central Australia has had a philosophical impact on my art practice. It has made me question my intent and sensitivity when painting. Over time my paintings have become more critical of my relationship with the landscape; consciously navigating the complexities around it – I explore a land which has a history of neglect, abuse and cultural removal from its traditional owners and custodians, this is intertwined with my settler heritage.”
“My paintings often depict my various encounters with the Australian landscape, from thick smoke haze and pyro cumulonimbus storms on the South Coast, to dust storms and flooding of the rivers in Central Australia.
“My depiction of recent climate events is limited in my works, due to a sensitivity of communities, and my own processing.”
View Zak Tilley’s artwork in Australia
Zak has held numerous solo and group exhibitions with Otomys in Melbourne and Martin Browne Contemporary and aMBUSH in Sydney. Zak is a prolific Otomys artist, so register now for updates on his new work and upcoming exhibitions. Zak Tilley is featured on Otomys alongside Alexia Vogel, Elynor Smithwick, Greg Penn, Helen Redmond, Julia Roche .
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