About

Joel Tonks is an Australian visual artist currently based in Orange NSW. Graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2014 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours, his multifaceted practice explores the intersections between science, art, and everyday life.

 

Discovery and empiricism are recurring threads in Tonks' artworks, whether it be the classification and taxonomy of the natural world, or interaction of virtual and physical worlds.

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Art Education

 

2014

Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours (Visual Arts, Class 1 Honours)
University of Wollongong NSW


 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2021

The Road Less Travelled (POSTPONED)
Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC

[painting]

2020

Forged by fire, shaped by time
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst NSW

[ceramics]

2016

When You Weren't Watching
Delmar Gallery, Ashfield NSW

[painting]

2014

Transcendence
DMC Gallery, Innovation Campus, Fairy Meadow NSW

[interactive installation]

2013

Australian Daydream
Parkview, Orange NSW

[painting]

2012

Light, Life & Perspective
Jayes Gallery, Molong NSW

[painting]

Awards

2018

Finalist, Fifty Squared Art Prize
Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC

Finalist, Heysen Prize for Landscape
Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf SA

2017

Finalist, Agendo Art Award for Young Emerging Artists
The David Williams Gallery, Canterbury VIC

 

2015

Finalist, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Prize
Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney NSW

 

2013

Grant Recipient, William Fletcher Foundation

Finalist, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Prize
Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney NSW

Finalist, Calleen Art Award
Cowra Regional Gallery, Cowra NSW

2012

Winner, Slow Summer Art Prize
Orange Botanical Gardens, Orange NSW

2011

Youth Encouragement Award, Countryscapes
Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst NSW

Highly Commended, Young Australian Artist of the Year
Australian Artist Magazine



 

Selected Group Shows

2018

Fifty Squared Exhibition
Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC

 

2017

9x5 impressionist landscape
Waverly Woollahra Art School, Bondi NSW

2013

Look Sharp - 2013 Graduate exhibition
Creative Arts Building, University of Wollongong NSW

Vibration - Nothing to See Here
Creative Arts Building, University of Wollongong NSW

Electric Lines
DMC Gallery, Innovation Campus, Fairy Meadow NSW

2012

 

Countryscapes
Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst NSW