Tony Lloyd's paintings are meditations on landscape, time and the human point of view. Lloyd’s project takes psychogeography beyond the urban environment and into a realm where the human element is put into perspective against the scale of the world.
In Lloyd’s paintings of landscapes, mountains and space there are sometimes signs of human life; a road, a jet contrail, the occasional astronaut but in most of his work, human presence is conspicuous by its absence.
Lloyd’s focus returns again and again to certain images and locations, his enigmatic scenes of remote and unpopulated landscapes are difficult to locate in time giving his work an atemporal character. Curator Simon Gregg has written that, “His paintings have a sense of time frozen, and haunt us through their penetrating ambiguity, speaking of nowhere and of no-when.“
Tony Lloyd has shown widely in Australia and internationally. His work is featured in publications such as ART + Climate = Change from Melbourne University Press, and New Romantics, Darkness and light in Australian Art by Simon Gregg.
Lloyd has had artist residencies at The British School at Rome, at Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, at 24HR Art studio in Beijing. He is currently artist in residence at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
Lloyd’s paintings are in numerous public collections including the State Library of Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery, RMIT Gallery, Artbank, the City of Boroondara and the City of Whitehorse. He has received recognitions for his work such as the John Leslie Art Prize, the Belle Arti Prize, the Sulman Highly Commended prize the Gold Coast Art prize People's choice award, the RMIT Post Graduate Award as well as Development Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts.
In 2009 Gippsland Art Gallery presented Lost Highways a major survey of Lloyd’s work from 1999-2009.
Tony Lloyd is also a curator, recent exhibitions include Analogue Art in a Digital World (co-curated with Sam Leach) at RMIT Gallery, Notfair 2017, an Art Fair which he founded with Sam Leach and Ashley Crawford, Telaesthesia, at Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide and Insight Radical, a Science/Art project in collaboration with the ARC Centre of excellence for Free Radical Chemistry at Melbourne University. In June 2019 Lloyd will curate Chis Henschke's solo exhibition, Demon Core at Dark MOFO. Lloyd has also written on art and artists for www.artinfo.com.au and Artist Profile magazine.
2001 Master of Arts (Fine Art) by research RMIT University / 1998 Honours degree Fine Art Painting RMIT University / 1997 Bachelor of Arts Fine Art Painting RMIT University