Tony Woods (1940-2017) was a Tasmanian artist whose early training and talent was shaped through mentors in Hobart including J Carington Smith, Dorothy Stoner and George Davis.

In 1968 he won the prestigious Harkness Fellowship which took him to New York, living along side Brett Whiteley at the Chelsea Hotel. 18 months later a studio fire tragically destroyed all his New York works to that point -Tony barely escaping with his life. Due to the ensuing distress he was unable to take up the Power Institute Residency at the Cite International des Arts, Paris. He subsequently returned to Sydney, sharing exhibitions with Whiteley, before moving to Melbourne and studying printmaking with Fred Williams.

He continued to maintain a working studio in a barn at Dunalley, making regular trips to Tasmania.

Shafts of light and shadows form a significant motif that continued throughout his career, in painting and works on paper and later into his extensive highly regarded Film work.

A number of major works have long been held in major private and Public collections including National Gallery Australia, Australian National University, National Gallery Victoria, Artbank, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, The Mertz Collection, Reserve Bank of Australia and the Chelsea Hotel New York.

His work was celebrated in 1990 with a 28 year Retrospective at ACCA, Melbourne.

Colville Gallery is pleased to present these outstanding works back in Tasmania in acknowledgement of the unique talents of a major and historically significant Tasmanian artist.

1. In the Light Show 1989
Acrylic on canvas
Signed, title date ‘April 89’ verso
76 x 122cm (stretcher)
$4,500

2. Derives From 1984
Acrylic oil, crayon on canvas
Signed title date verso
81 x 122cm (stretcher)
$4,500

3. (Chair with Light Shadows) 1983
Acrylic, stencil on paper, unique state
Signed dated upper left
76 x 56cm (unfr)
$1,800

4. One Source 1980
Oil acrylic on canvas
Signed title date verso
92 x 92cm (stretcher)
$5,000

5. This Way That Way (Bull) 1980
Etching Edition 3/15
Signed lower right below plate, edition and title lower left and centre below plate
20 x 25cm (plate)
76 x 56cm (unfr)
Tony Woods: Archive 2013 ArtInfo Illustrated p.147
$650

SOLD

6. Inside Looking 1980
Linoprint and crayon, stencil Ed 1/8
Signed date lower right below print, edition title lower left and centre below print
60 x 51cm (print)
76 x 57cm (unfr)
Tony Woods: Archive 2013 ArtInfo Illustrated p.158
$850

SOLD

7. MW (Artist Working - green self portrait with bull) 1979
Coloured etching Ed WP 2/2
Signed dated lower right below plate, edition and title lower left and centre below plate
61 x 45cm (plate)
76 x 57cm (unfr)
Tony Woods: Archive 2013 ArtInfo Illustrated p.67
$850

SOLD

8. 30th July 1979
Etching Ed WP6
Signed dated lower right below plate, edition title lower left and centre below plate
61 x 45cm (plate)
76 x 57cm (unfr)
$650

9. Fitzroy Cat 1978
2 piece linoprint on paper Ed 3/3
Signed dated lower right below plate, title edition lower left and centre below print
62 x 41cm (print)
76 x 49cm (unfr)
$650

10. Afternoon Light 1976
Oil on canvas
Signed title date verso
51 x 61cm (stretcher)
Tony Woods: Archive 2013 ArtInfo Illustrated p.146
$4,000

SOLD

11. Untitled (Barn doors black)
Linoprint stencil Uneditioned
Signed dated lower right below print
68 x 50cm (print)
76 x 56cm (unfr)
$700

12. Untitled (Pier) 1975
Gouache on paper
Signed lower left on image, signed dated lower right below image
52 x 41cm (image)
63 x 51cm (unfr)
$1,850

13. Untitled (Cats) 1973
Oil ink crayon on paper, unique state
Signed dated lower left
64 x 51cm (unfr)
$1,400

14. (Two Cats)
1970
Pastel, paint, ink and pencil on paper
64 x 52cm (sight) 67 x 54cm (fr)
Exhibited University of Tasmania 2008 - 2018
Provenance Estate Winifred Knight; Label verso UTAS 2008/025 LOAN , Label verso 'Collection Winifred Knight #92, Catalogue compiled for the Knight family 2008 by Rosanna Cameron
Signed and dated lower left, inscibed verso '20'

SOLD

15. (Shirt & Tie) 1966
Oil on fabric
79 x 64cm
Signed upper centre

SOLD

16. Nigel 1965
Oil on canvas
Signed dated lower right, inscribed verso ‘No 11 Dec ‘65/ Tony Woods/ 136 Collins St/ Studio 2nd Floor/ Hobart/ Tas/ 3A’
115 x 86cm (stretcher)
118 x 89cm (fr)
$6,500

SOLD

17. Ballet c1965
Oil on canvas
144.5 x 100cm (stretcher) 147 x 101cm (fr)
Condition Excellent
Exhibited University of Tasmania 2008 - 2018
Provenance Estate Winifred Knight; Label verso UTAS 2008/024 LOAN titled (Two Figures), Label verso 'Collection Winifred Knight #91, titled (Two Figures) Catalogue compiled for the Knight family 2008 by Rosanna Cameron';
$9,500

Catalogue Details

F.A.D. Hobart, 1963 Studies under J.Carington Smith, Dorothy Stoner, George Davis
‘1963, city studio 2nd floor 136a Collins Street Hobart, later in 1965 also rented the top floor that had been a ballet school, I inherited a very large mirror which I was able to utilize in my oil paintings later on.’ Tony Woods Archive Art Info.com 2013’
He was awarded the Harkness fellowship, which supported 21 months painting, New York, 1968/69
Well known for figurative, his period in NY saw a shift to contemporary abstraction over the 2 years of his residency. In the last months a major disaster occurred with a studio fire and he lost all his paintings. He was further offered a Power fund, Studio Fellowship, France, 1970 but was unable to take up at the time.
Returning to Australia he moved to Sydney and painted alongside Brett Whitely at a shared house Palm Beach working to joint show in Perth 1971. Following that Woods moved to Melb, but also maintained a small property at Dunally, Tasmania, where he had a shed as a studio. Melbourne saw his engagement with printmaking with encouragement from Fred Williams, while his later work took on super8 filmmaker, video/mdv & field recordings
1990 saw a major retrospective ACCA, Tony died 2017.
A significant painter, his painting encompasses themes of the structure of shadows, figurative and later abstraction.

18. Sketch for Nan Lincoln c1965
Ink on paper
48 x 32cm (sight) 71 x 52cm (fr)
Signed lower right To Nan Lincoln Tony, inscribed title verso
Provenance Estate Winifred Knight

SOLD

19. Man’s Relationship with Room 1964
Oil on canvas
Signed dated lower left ‘A David Woods 64’, inscribed verso ‘34A’/ title signed dated
122 x 91cm (fr)
Tony Woods: Archive 2013 ArtInfo Illustrated p.34
$5,500

Tony Woods Tony Woods Archive 2013 ARTINFORMATION
Monograph Editor Andrew Gaynor
Hardcover 236pp with colour illustrations and essays by major art writers and DVD 'Work for the Eyes to do' which is a documentary DVD produced and edited by Roy Chu and Miriam Johnson.
With additional Tony Woods print (White Barn Doors) 26.5 x 16cm (sheet) Unsigned
$80
Tony Woods: Archive documents the fifty year career of pioneering Melbourne-based contemporary artist and filmmaker Tony Woods.
This 239-page hardback volume presents an illuminating evaluation of Woods' artistic achievement since he commenced exhibiting in the early 1960s. Richly illustrated, it contains 198 reproductions of his artwork dating from 1962 through to 2017
Photographs courtesy Roy Chu

Video courtesy
David Pyefinch. Filmaker MadFinch Pty Ltd