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About

SERGIO SILL

Born in Pola, Italy

Lives & works in Sydney, Australia

 

Art to me is manifested in many forms, inspired by both our outer and inner worlds. 

I began my artistic life by following my passion for working with the earth elements creating wood-fired pots. After nearly 20 years, in my quest to further my artistic expression, I moved from the richness of the earth to the exuberance of colour expressed in different media. My paintings expand across works on canvas, board and paper using oil, acrylic, gouache and pastels.

 

As a natural colourist, my rich and fiery palette continues on in the exploration of lush colours to deliver the lyrical intensity of my  paintings.

 

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Selected Biography 

1946 Born in Italy

1951 Family migrated to Australia 

Education

1962-66 - Studied Architecture - professional practice for four years

1975-79 - Diploma of Art and Design - Preston Institute of Technology

1978 - Established pottery studio with oil–fired kiln – Hawthorn, Victoria

1982 - Received Craft Board Grant

1982 - Relocated to Upper Lansdowne, Mid-North Coast

1982 - Established Mt. Coxcombe Pottery where I built two wood-fired kilns

1982 - Worked in high-fired stoneware specialising in Shino, Chun, Celedon and natural

1991 - Began Professional Painting Career

1997 - Moved to Central Coast NSW - established Sergio Sill Fine Arts Studio

2006-13 - Sole carer for ageing Mother 

2013 - Relocated to Sydney and resumed painting full time   

Exhibitions & Festivals

Solo Exhibitions

1979 - Myer - Melbourne

1980 - Orientations - Melbourne

1980 - Hawthorn Council Gallery - Melbourne

1981 - Ceramic Gallery - Melbourne

1981 - Manyung Gallery - Melbourne 

1982 - Mt. Coxcombe Pottery Annual Christmas Exhibitions

1986 - Craft Centre South Yarra, Melbourne

1990 - Australian Craft Works - Sydney

1990 - Victor Mace Fine Arts Gallery - Brisbane

1990 - Victorian Ceramic Group

1991 - Hunter Region Artists; Newcastle Regional Gallery - Ceramics & Paintings

1992 - Sedia Gallery, Sydney - Wood-fired Ceramics

1993 - Distelfink Gallery - Melbourne

1996 - Griffiths Gallery - Northern NSW

1997 - Charles Hewitt Gallery - Sydney

1998 - Opened Sergio Sill Fine Arts Studio/Gallery - Central Coast NSW

2000 - "The Colours of Bali - Ceremony and Ritual" - Sergio Sill Gallery

2002 - "La Bella Venezia" - Headmasters Gallery - Sydney

2003 - David Jones - Sydney

2004 - "The Spirit of the Top End" - Brighton Horizon Gallery - Melbourne

2004 - The Convent Gallery Daylesford - Victoria

2004 - "The Spirit of a Sacred Land" - Sergio Sill Gallery

2006 - "Bali - an Enchanted Land" - Imperial Gardens - Sydney

2009 - "Peru's Inti Raymi and Culture" - Taree Regional Gallery - NSW

Group Exhibitions & Festivals

1980-81 - Potters Cottage Invitation Prize - Melbourne

1980-82 - The Craft Centre - South Yarra - Melbourne

1980-82 - ACT Craft Association

1981 - Distelfink Gallery - Melbourne

1981- Victorian Ceramic Group - Melbourne

1981- Arts and Crafts Society - Victoria

1981 - Meat Market Craft Centre - Melbourne

1982 - Potters Place - Canberra

1982 - Contemporary Craft - Design and Tradition - Melbourne

1982 - Rosies, Carlton - Melbourne

1984 - Touring NSW Exhibition of Wood-Fired Pots

1985 - Indigenous Gallery - Melbourne

1985 - Scrothmere Gallery - Melbourne

1985 - Speakers Invitation Exhibition - Melbourne

1985 - 4th National Ceramic Awards Exhibition - Melbourne

1986 - Commonwealth Bank First National Ceramics Awards Exhibition

1987 - Wood-Fired Show - Narek Galleries - Canberra

1988 - Manning Bicentennial Art Exhibition - NSW

1988 - "Damn Good Pots" Exhibition at Ceramics 1988 Conference - NSW

1988 - Manning Bicentennial Art Exhibition

1988 - Manning Walkom Art Prize - Taree - NSW

1988 - Manning Art Gallery - Taree - NSW

1988 - Distelfink Gallery - Melbourne

1989 - Beaver Gallery - Canberra

1991 - 10th National Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award

1991 - Gold Coast Art Centre Surfers Paradise – Highly Commended

1991 - 11th National Craft Acquisition Award

1991 - Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences

1991 - Group Shino Show –Distelfink Gallery – Melbourne

1992 - North Coast Wood-Fired Ceramics Travelling Exhibition

1993 - Studio 20 Adelaide "Wood-Fired" Exhibition

1994 - Mary Place Gallery - Paddington - Sydney 

1995 - Istral Gallery - Woollahra - Sydney

1997 - Mosman Art Prize - Sydney

1998 - Mosman Art Prize - Sydney

1998 - Nisart Gallery - Launceston - Tasmania

2001 - Wyong Invitation Exhibition - NSW

2001 - ????? Invitation Exhibition - QLD

2001 - Monet in Japan - Ceramics Exhibition - National Gallery of Australia - ACT

2004 - Monet in Japan - Ceramics Exhibition - National Gallery of Australia - ACT

Publications

1987 - Pottery in Australia Dec-1987 - Vol.26 No.4

1989 - Pottery in Australia 1989 Vol.28 No.1

1990 - Pottery in Australia 1990 Vol.29 No.3

1990 - Ceramic Art and Perception 1990 Issue 1

1994 - Oz Arts - Issue 11

Study Tours

1982 - South Australia and Northern Territory Outback; Uluru

1989 - Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand

1989 - Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Switzerland 

1998 - Hawaii and Maui Islands

2000 - Bali, Indonesia

2001 - Italy and France

2002 - Northern Territory - Kakadu National Park; Katherine Gorge; Arnhem Land

2005 - Peru: Lima; Cusco; Machu Picchu; Andes - Cordillera Blanca; Amazon Jungle

2009 - Vietnam - Across from South to North

2013 - Vanuatu and Ratua

2014 - NSW Outback: Broken Hill, Menindee Lakes

2014 - New York; Costa Rica; Peru: Lima and Arequipa

Collections

 

Victorian Ceramics Group                                                            Ceramics

Australian National Gallery – Canberra                                        Ceramics

National Gallery of Victoria – Melbourne                                      Ceramics

Art Gallery of Western Australia – Perth                                       Ceramics

Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery – Brisbane                                    Ceramics

Marsden State High School – Brisbane                                       Ceramics

Gold Coast Arts Centre                                                                Ceramics

Queensland University of Technology                                          Ceramics

Ballarat Art Gallery                                                                       Ceramics

Commonwealth Bank of Australia                                                30 x Paintings

Boardroom of Prospect Electricity                                               Paintings

Le Meridian Hotel – Sydney                                                         Paintings

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu                                                            Paintings

Private Collections

  • Australia; Mexico; Peru; Europe; Japan                                Paintings

Wood Shaw & Co. Accountants – Sydney                                   Paintings