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ARTISTS | Wilma Tabacco


Born in the province of L’Aquila, Italy, Wilma Tabacco has lived in Australia since childhood, yet her diverse art practice reflects her Italian heritage and her fascination with western European archeology and history. Primarily an abstract painter, Wilma’s practice has expanded and contracted over the years to include elements of installation, collage and work on paper. Wilma’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (1972), a Diploma of Education (1973), a Master of Arts (1995) and a PhD (2006). She has lectured variously in painting, drawing and printmaking at the University of Melbourne, Canberra School of Arts and at RMIT as part of the international programme in Hong Kong and in Melbourne.

She has received several grants from the Australia Council Visual Arts and Craft Board including a studio residency in Italy, and has also worked and exhibited in Seoul as the recipient of an Asialink residency in Korea.



GOLD CHIP | one-night-only exhibition

Gallerysmith closes the 2023 curtain on December 12 with the annual exhibition, GOLD CHIP. At this one-night-only event, the gallery presents…

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Proscenium | Wilma Tabacco

I often wonder whether having been born in the high peaks of the Central Apennine mountains in Italy, where to look down onto troughs and distant valleys – and in winter even clouds – influences my understanding of space in ways that even I can’t comprehend.  Many of my paintings look like aerial views, something to fly over rather than view from solid ground. This has the effect of drawing a viewer closer to the work and then propelling them away, backwards to safer ground.
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Gallerysmith launches its 2023 exhibition program with a group exhibition which celebrates 15 years of gallery operations. This exhibition features works by more than 50 artists who have shown at the gallery between 2008 and 2023....
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Open/Closed | Wilma Tabacco

"The complex, sharply angled forms created by the metallic foils in Wilma Tabacco’s work leave a residue of fragments, rough edged, light as feathers. Like the clouds of ash, softer than snow, which arise from volcanic activity these disiecta membra appear to have drifted down on to the surfaces of the Dreamscapes, where they are gripped and held..." Excerpt from 2013 essay by Sophia Errey.
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Paintings and Gilded Works | Wilma Tabacco

Born in the province of L’Aquila, Italy, Wilma Tabacco has lived in Australia since childhood, yet her diverse art...
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I AM WOMAN | International Women’s Day 2021

On International Women's Day 2021 we acknowledge the achievements of girls and women around the world. We celebrate those who ...
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Of Colour & Light – Women Abstract Artists Biennial | West End Art Space

Gallerysmith artist's Jennifer Goodman and Wilma Tabacco both have works featured in the Third Women Abstract Artists Biennial, Of Colour…

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Fosse | Wilma Tabacco

With a practice firmly grounded in geometric abstraction, Italian-born artist Wilma Tabacco presents Fosse, an exhibition of paintings and collage works. Titled Fosse, this exhibition...
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Born L’Aquila, Italy, lives Australia


1979     Diploma of Fine Art at Phillip Institute, Melbourne
1995     Master of Arts, RMIT University, Melbourne
2006     PhD, RMIT University, Melbourne


Anglican Church Grammar, Queensland
Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Artbank, NSW
Australian National University, Canberra
Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria
Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Canberra University Collection, ACT
Canson Australia Pty Ltd
Charles Sturt University, N.S.W
Deakin University Collection, Melbourne
Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy
Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, Melbourne
Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Victoria
Latrobe University Gallery, Melbourne
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria
Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Print Council of Australia, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Tasmania
RMIT University Collection, Melbourne
University of Southern Queensland, Queensland
University of Tasmania, Hobart
Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Waverley City Gallery, Melbourne

Private Collections in Australia, USA, France and Italy



Gallerysmith's Wilma Tabacco has a dynamic profile featured in Il Globo 'In conversation with... Italo-Australian artist Wilma Tabacco'.  Discover insights…

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