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


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


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


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


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


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


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


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


AWARDS


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


RESIDENCIES & TRAVEL


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