About



Sarah Tomasetti is highly regarded for her luminous fresco paintings and installations. She has gained substantial knowledge and training in the traditional methods of fresco, using materials that have been employed since antiquity. The fresco surfaces that form the basis of her work are made on a wall constructed from lime putty mortar and then detached by means of a cloth embedded early in the process.  Landscape images are then brushed drawn and incised, tracings of stone into a surface itself returning to stone.  Detachment and the addition of staining and encaustic wax reveal the internal structure of the fresco skin, thus embedding a sensed fragility in the substrate of the work. These landscapes seek to explore our shifting relationship with the natural world in an atmosphere of contemporary unease.

Sarah Tomasetti graduated from RMIT University and La Trobe University, Melbourne with a graduate diploma in Fine Art and Italian Studies in 1994. After graduating, Sarah undertook an internship in fresco painting at the Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella in Italy and, on returning to Australia, completed a Masters in Fine Art at RMIT University. She has undertaken further residencies in China, Fiji, Italy and the USA and has numerous solo and group exhibitions to her name. Winner of the acquisitive John Leslie Art Prize at the Gippsland Art Gallery in 2020, Sarah also has work represented in a number of private and public collections including Artbank, Macquarie Bank, BHP Billiton and National Australia Bank.

Sarah is a lecturer in Fine Art at RMIT University and is currently undertaking doctoral research into the way the mountain imaginary co-creates the way remote regions are depicted and traversed.


EDUCATION

2018 
PhD Researcher, RMIT University
1999  
Master of Arts in Fine Art by Research RMIT University
1995   
Professional Qualification in `Tecnica Pittura Murale’
at the Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella in Italy
1994
Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, RMIT University
1994  
Graduate Diploma in Italian Studies, La Trobe University
1988   
Bachelor of Fine Art, Drawing Major, Victoria College


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 
Wayfaring, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2018
Postcard from the Roof of the World, Australian Galleries
2018
Silver Mountain, The Art Vault, Mildura
2016
Influxus, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2015
Traverse, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney
2014 
Quiet/Disquiet, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
2013
Surface of Last Scattering, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2011  
At the Edge of the Known World, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney
2009
Liminal, Wilson St Gallery, Sydney
2008
Penumbra, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2006
Between Worlds, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2004 
Nostalgia, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery & Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
2003 
Temporality, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2001
Sarah Tomasetti, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1999
Iconic Imprints, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
1996
The Love and Water Series, BMG Art, Adelaide
1994
Sarah Tomasetti, The Women’s Gallery, Melbourne
1991 
Sarah Tomasetti, The Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 
Groupings Great and Small, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
2018
Herbaceous Borders, Curated by Kate Mizrahi Block Projects Melbourne
2018
Edge, An exhibition of Drawings. Langford 120, North Melbourne
2017
Flow. Counihan Gallery, Melbourne. Part of ClimARTE 2017
2016
Three Women Went to China. With Hanna Kay and Su Archer.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and Tamworth Regional Gallery NSW
2015
The Warming, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE event across 23 Victorian venues, (Australian Galleries, Melbourne in collaboration with Climarte)
2014
Melbourne Art Fair with Beaver Galleries. Peak/Melt Sequence
2014
‘one of each’, Australian Galleries, Derby Street, Melbourne
2013
Reading the Space: Contemporary Australian Drawing #3, New York Studio School, New York
2013
The 42nd Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2012
From Paper, Janet Clayton Gallery at Beijing Artspace, Beijing, China
2012 
Contemporary Australian Drawing 2: Drawing as notation, text and discovery, University for the Arts, London
2012 
The Lure of the Landscape, Wilson St Gallery at Danks, Sydney
2011
Salon des Refuses, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2011
Intimate, Wilson St Gallery at Danks, Sydney
2010
Something in the Air, 27 Gipps Street Richmond, Melbourne
2010
Contemporary Australian Drawings I, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2010 
Magnetic Islands, Project Space RMIT University, Melbourne
2010 
Salon des Refuses, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2009 
Text, Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney
2009
Same, same, but different, Kristian Pithie Gallery, Melbourne
2005
ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award Exhibition
2003
SixPlusOne, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne Nillumbik Art Prize, Nilumbik, VIC
2002
Drawings from the Collection, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
2001
INSAP III, Palermo, Italy
1999 
Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
1999
Retrospecta III, Pallas Society, Melbourne
1998
RMIT Fine Art, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
1998
Hi/lo Exotico, Columbian Collaboration, Stop 22, Melbourne
1998
Le Panto, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne
1997 
Retrospecta II, Pallas Society, Melbourne
1996 
Galleria del Commune, Monterchi, Italy
1995
The Last Show, The Women’s Gallery, Melbourne
1994
Postgraduate Exhibition, Pitspace RMIT, Bundoora
1994
ACAF 4, Exhibition Buildings Melbourne
1994
Indwelling, Temple Studio, Melbourne
1990 
The Drawing Show, Reflections Gallery, Melbourne
1990 
Open Door Exhibition, 52 Australian Painters, Sotheby’s Australia
1990 
Crowful, The Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
1988 
York Street Print-makers, The York Street Gallery, Melbourne


COLLECTIONS

Artbank
Collection of Arthur Roe
Chartered Secretaries Australia
Macquarie Bank
National Australia Bank
Grafton Regional Gallery
Newcastle Regional Museum
Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home
Private collections in Australia, Spain, Italy and the United States of America


GRANTS

2014 
Artists in Schools Grant with Heather Hesterman and Spensley St Primary School, Arts Victoria and the Victorian Education Department
1995 
Scholarship from the Region of Tuscany to study fresco and restoration techniques at the Laboratorio di Vainella in Prato, Italy


AWARDS

2020  2020
Winner, John Leslie Prize for Landscape, Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC
Highly Commended and Acquired, Jacaranda Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery NSW
2019 
Shortlisted, R&M McGivern Prize on the Anthropocene, Maroondah City Council, VIC
2018 
Shortlisted, Fleurieu Prize for Landscape, South Australia
2017 
Invited The Kedumba Drawing Award Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
2016 
Shortlisted, John Leslie Prize for Landscape, Gippsland Art Gallery
2014 
Shortlisted, Paul Guest Prize for Drawing, Bendigo Art Gallery
2014 
Shortlisted, John Leslie Prize for Landscape, Gippsland Art Gallery
2013 
Shortlisted, Fleurieu Prize for Landscape, South Australia
2013 
The 42nd Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre NSW
2011  
Selected Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2011 
Shortlisted, Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane
2010 
Selected Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2009 
Shortlisted The Heysen Prize, The Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, SA
2005 
Shortlisted ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award Exhibition
2003
Shortlisted, Nillumbik Art Prize, Nillumbik, VIC
1999
Acquired Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW


RESIDENCIES & TRAVEL

2019 
Collaborative research trip to the village of Bemni in Uttarakhand, India, with Anthropologist Dr Jane Dyson from the University of Melbourne, funded by ARC Discovery Grant
2018 
Residency and Exhibition The Art Vault, Mildura, Victoria
2018 
Research trip to Japan – mountains in Shinto philosophy, Keihoku Region
2013  
Research trip to New Zealand for the exhibition Quiet/Disquiet and the project Slow Melt for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE, 2015
2012 
Research trip to Guilin Province, China for Three Women went to China at Muswellbrook and Tamworth Regional Galleries, 2016
1999
Research trip to Italy for study of medieval astronomy and frescoes in the churches and villas of central and northern Italy
1992
Language Study at the University per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy
1992
Bookbinding internship, University of Michigan, USA
1990
6 month Artist-in-Residency Quamea Island, Fiji with the Sociology Department, Monash University