Imants Tillers was born in Sydney and studied Architecture at the University of Sydney. He collaborated with Christo on the 'wrapping' of Little Bay in 1969, and with George Baldessin in 1975 for the Sao Paolo Bienale with 'Conversations with the bride'; in 1976 they made a series of ten etchings 'According to "Des Esseintes"' (in the Gallery's collection).
Tillers' work utilises appropriation - in this case, Drift 'quotes' a lost black and white painting by Jackson Pollock, 'Number 24, 1951' 1951 (see Francis Valentine O'Connor and Eugene Victor Thaw Pollock, 'A catalogue raisonné of paintings, drawings and other works', New Haven: Yale, 1978 ). Tillers made a number of paintings based on Pollock's black enamel paintings, exhibited in 1991. The sixteen blocks used to print it reflects Tillers' use of multiple canvas boards in his paintings. The print was made in collaboration with John Loane, Melbourne. The first layer is printed in black oil-based ink with some colour applied by hand from one block, as a monotype; the over-layer in white water-based ink from 15 blocks with hand coloring with red acrylic paint. The blocks were cut by Loane and Stephen Anderson after tracings by Tillers.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
monotype, woodcut, hand coloured on fifteen sheets of Hitachi paper
228.5 x 281.3 cm sheet [overall]
Signature & date
Signed and dated, "Imants Tillers 1995".
Not on display
© Imants Tillers
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Referenced in 1 publication
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 158 (colour illus.). cat.no. 135