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    Thomas Thorby-Lister Artist on Site, 2022
    Image Credit
    Tom Malek

About the exhibition

A site-responsive project where the artist, Thomas Thorby-Lister, creates a meaningful response to place utilising the landscape as an active participant in the creation of work. The exhibition presents a collection of large-scale paintings that intimately engage with the natural environment.

Using the atmosphere and weather of specific sites, the artist records these conditions onto canvas. Sheets of linen are exposed to the elements over time, allowing rain, wind, sun, and water to shape and imprint upon their surface. The resulting artworks bear the raw, textural imprints of the weather, rendered in monochromatic tones that mirror the natural hues of the linen surface.

Evoking the contours of topographic maps, these paintings invite viewers to immerse themselves in the sensory experience of the landscape they represent, prompting emotional and intuitive responses.

Originating from a residency in Cowra, Regional NSW, and subsequently exhibited at Orange Regional Gallery, this series challenges the concept of 'agency' in artwork creation and explores the potential of site-specific representations. By inviting viewers to rethink traditional perceptions of the Australian landscape, the exhibition contributes to broader discussions surrounding site-specific art. The proposed exhibition aims to replicate this approach, creating a site-specific series of artworks that respond directly to the local environment, surrounding landscape, or the gallery's location.

Artists and Curator


Thomas Thorby-Lister (Artist)

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
14/02/2024 - 01/01/2026
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops
Other materials
I would be interested in hosting some workshops, site-visits, studio visits and informal artist's talks with the local community. I'm interested in undertaking residencies to produce new works in response to the local landscape and environment. It may also be potentially possible to have a photographer and/or a videographer come to document the residency and process, similar to my previous project, which resulted in a book being produced for the exhibition. Please feel free to discuss your options with me, I am open to various approaches.
Primary contact
Thomas Thorby-Lister
Tom Malek (Photographer), Ira Ferris (Writer), Phoebe Cowdery (The Corridor Projects, Residency), Lucy Stranger (Orange Regional Gallery)