Teo Treloar Joins Olsen Gallery

Sydney gallery and South Coast artist are drawn together.

Words: Erin Irwin

Olsen gallery has announced a new addition to its stable, with the Sydney gallery now representing South Coast-based artist Teo Treloar.

With a practice that focuses exclusively on drawing, the artist looks to deconstruct the many eccentricities of human behaviour. Precisely rendered with elements of surrealism and abstraction, Treloar’s works explore extremes of emotion.

“Much of my work is about the act of mark-making itself”, says the artist, “the role of speculation and narrative in my work is important; therefore, a body of work is often iterative and will expand a single idea or image through various permutations. This almost always relates to a psychological progression, and the way thoughts can be turned over and over in the mind.”

Treloar currently works as a Lecturer in Visual Arts at Wollongong University alongside his practice, having achieved a Master of Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney. He was the winner of the Waverly Art Prize Drawing Award in 2021 and the JADA Acquisitive Drawing Award in 2020, and was named a finalist in the Hazelhurst Works on Paper award in 2022. Treloar has exhibited across Australia and in the Netherlands, and has works in an array of collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Artbank, Sydney.

This article was posted 3 May 2023.

Image: Teo Treloar, studio portrait. Courtesy: the artist, Paul Jones, the University of Wollongong, NSW and Olsen Gallery, Sydney.


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