born 1935 Austria
1955 arrived in Australia
Lives and works in Tasmaina
 

Hendrik Kolenberg
Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours
Art Gallery of New South Wales

The over-riding sensation from Anton Holzner’s paintings is of space. His concern as an artist is the articulation of paint on canvas to create an imaginary reality beyond the visible and material world we occupy, so that we may reflect on our place in the universe.

He eschews the representation of what we see in order to direct our attention to metaphysics, and despite the clarity of his work, he is more interested in the suggestive power of invented form and space than formal pictorial construction. At times his paintings suggest landscape or stella matter suspended in space, or incorporate aspects of the human body. Furthermore, vigorous painterliness and his tonal use of colour suggest varying emotional states, or moods, that contribute to the work’s overall gravity.

Udo Sellbach - Artist

Over the past 50 years Anton Holzner’s work as a painter has been marked by a single-minded approach to art based on deeply personal convictions. His work seems hardly touched by the changing modes and media which have made up the international environment in art during this period. His strength in resisting the waves of fashion have made him a solitary figure in Australian Art putting him in the company of the few whose work has been concerned with inner growth and maturity along the path of time. Holzner’s abstract world is firmly based on experience in which nature and the feeling for its moods and elements play a dominant part. In the best of his paintings, tonal colour spaces appear to create the echoes of a metaphysical realm in which hardness and softness, light and darkness, stillness and movement interact in harmony.

Such a romantic stance which rings of pantheism may be regarded as out of touch with our time. But then, Holzner’s sense of time has never been confined to now.

Diane Dunbar - Curator of Fine Art Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Now in his early seventies, Holzner has sustained a level of commitment and belief in his work as a painter which, in today’s world, can seem a rare thing. It is inspiring to encounter an artist who, in spite of being, at times, a victim of the vagaries of fashion and art politics, produces work of great power and relevance to the world in which he lives. The way of life which facilitates this approach is one of discipline, borne of many years of hard work and experience of the intellectual, emotional and physical components of his art. Holzner continues to articulate his world view through his paintings with increasing confidence and strength as the years pass.

 

Education

1971-79 Snr Lecturer of Fine Art, Tasmanian School of Art
1964-69 Lecturer South Australian School Art
1956-61 Lecturer South Australian School Art
 
 

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Anton Holzner 1996 – 2019 Long Gallery Salamanca Arts Centre
2013 Colville Gallery, Hobart
2010 Holzner Paintings 2008 – 2010, Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart
2008 Oil Paintings by Three Australian Artists Guangdong Museum of Art Guangzhou, China
2007 Paintings 2004 – 2007 Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart
2006 Colville Street Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2004 Paintings 1999-2003, Salananca Arts Centre, Long Gallery, Hobart
1998 Retrospective Exhibition 1988-1997, Flinders University, City Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Retrospective Exhibition 1988-1997, QVMAG, Launceston
1996 Second Joan and Peter Clemenger Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery Victoria
1990 Galerie Gabriel, Vienna , Austria
1998 Retrospective, TMAG, Hobart
1980 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1979 Rudy Komon Gallery, Melbourne
1966 South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne
1965 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Georges Gallery, Melbourne
1964 The Helena Rubenstein Travelling Art Scholarship, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Various one man shows in Adelaide and Hobart , and invitation and group shows throughout Australia

Awards

2003 New Media Arts Board Grant, Australia Council
1997/02 University of Tasmania PhD Scholarship
1987/88 Visual Arts/Crafts Board Project Grant
1986/87 University of Tasmania Postgraduate Award
 

Collections

Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of South Australia
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery , Hobart
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston

Department of Culture, Vienna
Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck , Austria
Flinders University of South Australia , Adelaide
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

University of Tasmania , Hobart
National Australia Bank
Artbank
Numerous corporate and private collections
Edith Cowen Collection University of WA

 

Bibliography

Andersch, Joerg Anton Holzner & Ian Munday The Mercury
Companion to Tasmanian History, University of Tasmania 2005
S Backhouse, Holzner Paintings 1988-1977, Launceston 1997
H Kolenberg Holzner Paintings, Hobart Art in Australia 1988
H Kolenberg Three Painters in Tasmania Art in Australia 22/4, 1985