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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.



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 | A Group Exhibition for 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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Fosse, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Transitions, Langford120, Melbourne
The Great Sea, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW
Who’s afraid…of the dark? (with Irene Barberis), Langford120
Then, Now: Now, Langford120, Melbourne
Corallium, Langford120, Melbourne
Scylla and Charybdis, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra
Cycladic, Langford120, Melbourne
Gilded Lies, Langford120, Melbourne
Gilt Edge, Langford120, Melbourne
Zaffiro, Langford120, Melbourne
Who’s afraid of greenpinkpurpleblue? with Irene Barberis, Langford120, Melbourne
Picture This…, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
Flights of Fantasy, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
In The Blinking of An Eye, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
Ave atque Vale (for now), Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
A Brush with Colour, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
Slipstream, Niagara Galleries, Melbourn
, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
Agrodolce Bliss Bomb, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Up Down In Out, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
Ghostbusting, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Saying it with Flowers, with Irene Barberis, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria; The University Gallery, Tasmania; Albury Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Cherry Blossom Time, aGOG, Canberra
Saying it with Flowers, with Irene Barberis, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
Cuts, with Irene Barberis, Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne
Conversations, with Jan Murray, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
Primavera, Kookmin University Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Pot-Pourri, Savina Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Pageant, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Tripping, Photospace, Canberra School of Art, ACT
Relocations, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Fabrications, aGOG, Canberra
Les Fleurs, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Florilegia, Chiesa di S. Massimo, Opi di Fagnano Alto, Italy
La Nouvelle Constellation, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Continental Crossings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Holdsworth Contemporary Gallery, Sydney



Celebrate XXV, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Geometries, QAG, Brisbane
Reciproco, with Angelo Bellobono, Readings, Melbourne
And then, Global Centre for Drawing, Langford120, Melbourne
Of Colour & Light, West End Art Space, Melbourne
Beyond the Field-still, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
On Drawing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Abstraction TwentyEighteen, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Five Walls,
Langford120, Deakin University Library
Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, Tweed Heads Regional Gallery, NSW, Cairns   Regional Gallery, Qld
Chaos & Order: 120 Years of Collecting at RMIT, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall
New Horizons. An Exhibition of Italian Australian Artists, Museo Italiano, Melbourne
The Void. Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective Art, Deakin University Art Gallery
Coney Island, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick
Scheme 5: Garden, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne
Chromatopia: A History of Colour, Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, Geelong Gallery, Victoria Newcastle Regional Gallery, NSW
Four Drawings: Barberis, Bradbeer, Southall, Tabacco, Langford120, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing #7, Langford120, Melbourne
Nearly Monochrome, Five Walls, Melbourne
Abstraction 16, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing #6, The Bury Art Museum, Bury, Manchester, UK
Neo-0-10 #2, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing #5 (Facsimile exhibition), Sachi Gallery, SACI Institute, Florence, Italy, 2015
Neo-0-10, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
After 65: The Legacy of OP, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria
Dark: More than Black, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing #4, New York Studio School, New York, USA
Blue on Blue, Langford120, Melbourne
Abstraction 12, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Squaring Up, Langford120, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing 3, New York Studio School, New York
Room; A Series of Schemes, Scheme Four: Laundry/Bathroom, Langford120, Melbourne
Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East, Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai
NONOBJECTIVE – present, Curator, Stephen Wickham, Langford120, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawing 2, Wimbledon SPACE, London & Langford120, Melbourne
Fun with Colour, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW
Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Gallery, Victoria
More, The Arts Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland
Magnetic Islands, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne
Contemporary Australian Drawings 1, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 09, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Reductive, ACGA Gallery @ Fed Square, Melbourne
Drawing of the World/World of Drawing, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Korea
Surveying the Field, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
Regards Croises: Australie – France, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France
Transcentric, Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London
Secondary Sources, School of Art Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne
Room: A Series of Schemes – Scheme Three: Living Room, Counihan Gallery In    Brunswick, Melbourne
Room: A Series of Schemes – Scheme Two: Kitchen Dining, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Innovators 3, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Victoria
If You Were to Collect… Elements of Abstraction, Deloitte Corporate Offices, Melbourne
X Marks the Spot, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne
Room: A Series of Schemes, Forty-five Downstairs, Melbourne
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Disorientate: Colour, Geometry and the Body, Plimsol Gallery, Hobart
Return Nature II: Pastoral, Nanjing Shenghua Arts Centre, Nanjing, China
Embark/Disembark: An Exploration of Cultural Dislocation, Immigration Museum, Melbourne
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2003, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Paris Art Fair, The Louvre Museum, Paris, France
Four, holmes à court Gallery, Perth
North: Art from the Other Side of the Yarra, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne
Odd, Faculty Gallery, RMIT University, School of Art and Culture
Good Vibrations, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
Geelong Contemporary Art Award, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
Painted Spaces, Rice Talbert Museum, Edinburgh, UK
Little Treasures, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne
Korea-Australia Print Exchange Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Liberty, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Not the Done Thing, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
On the Brink: Abstraction of the 90s, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
A Matter of Distance, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
Painted Spaces, ACCA, Melbourne; New Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui,
Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris, France
Bernheim Invite L’Australie, French National Library Festival, Noumea, New Caledonia
Works on Paper, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
People of Australia-Richness in Diversity: Identity Art
, Australian Museum, Sydney and touring The Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea
RMIT Fine Art, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Korea/Australia Exchange Exhibition of Prints, The Contemporary Museum of Seoul, Korea
Propositions Australiennes, Galerie Luc Queyrel, Paris
Nature: Traditional & Contemporary, Cooloola Shire Public Gallery, Queensland
Patterning, curated by Merryn Gates, touring Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila;           Regional centres, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Canberra School of Art Australia; Silpakorn University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore    Art Museum, Singapore
Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
Re:search, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania
Our Parents’ Children, curated by G Pradolin, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Situation Now: A Survey of Local Non-Objective Art, curated by Christopher Heathcote, La Trobe University Art Museum, Melbourne
Recent Acquisitions: Deakin University Art Collection, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
James McCaughey Memorial Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
RMIT / LICT Exhibition, Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contemporary Australian Paintings – Works from the Allen, Allen & Hemsley Collection, at the Melbourne International Festival, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
Margaret Stewart Endowment B, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Margaret Stewart Endowment, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
C.D. Art, Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra
Rediscovery: Australian Artists in Europe 1982-1992, Australian Pavillion, World Expo, Seville, Spain; Australian Embassy, Paris, France
Small Works – Wide Vision, Downlands Art Exhibition, Queensland
Il Disegno Ritrovato, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Salone San Francesco, Como, Italy
Freedom of Choice, curated by Maudie Palmer, Heide Park & Art Gallery, Melbourne
Niagara Galleries at Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Art From Elsewhere, The University of Tasmania, Hobart
Niagara Print Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Niagara at Watters, Watters Gallery, Sydney
Eight Women Printmakers, Stuart Gerstman Gallery, Melbourne
New Art Three, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Print in Context, Print Council of Australia, Melbourne



Christmas Stamp Design Commission, Australia Post

The Stamp Collection, Ugg Boot Press, Victoria

Print Council of Australia, Limited Edition Print, Victoria

Banner Project, Arts Building, Institute of Education, University of Melbourne, Victoria

100 x 100 Print Portfolio, Dr. M. Lefevbre, Print Council of Australia, Victoria



City of Moreland Arts Grant

Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Arts Victoria, Artists Development Grant

Nets Victoria, Exhibition Development Fund Grant

Australia Council, Visual Arts Craft Fund, Project Grant, New Works
Artist-in-Residence, Canberra School of Art, ACT
Asialink Residency, Seoul, Korea

Australia Council, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Artists Development Grant

Australia Council, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Overseas Residency in Italy



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



Fosse, exhibition catalogue, essay Sasha Grishin, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, 2019

Chaos & Order: 120 years of collecting at RMIT, RMIT Gallery Publication, 2018

Chromatopia: An Illustrated History of Colour, David Coles, Thames & Hudson, 2018

On Drawing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Irene Barberis, curator, June 2018

The Great Sea, text Sophia Errey, Glasshouse Gallery Publication, 2018

The Void. Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective Art, Christopher Heathcote, Deakin University Art Gallery Publication, 2017

Coney Island, Jane O’Neill, Counihan Gallery Publication, 2017

Ritratti: Thirty-One Italian Artists from Victoria, Consulate General of Italy, Melbourne, 2017

Abstraction: Celebrating Australian women abstract artists, NGA publication, 2017

Cycladic, Catalogue text, Sophia Errey, Wilma Tabacco, 2015

After 65: The Legacy of OP, Latrobe Regional Gallery, essay J. Miller, 2015

The Drawn Word, S. Farthing, Dr J McKenzie (eds.) Studio International & Studio Trust, 2014

Gilt Edge, Catalogue essay, Sophia Errey, 2013

Janet Mckenzie, Contemporary Australian Drawing, Volume 1, Palgrave Macmillan, Melbourne, 2012,

Soo-Hong Jhang, Drawing of the World/World of Drawing, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, 2009

David Hagger, reductive, exhibition catalogue, ACGA Gallery

Wilma Tabacco, Flights of Fantasy, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Publishing, 2009

Fiona Capp, If you can’t stand the heat…, exhibition catalogue, Linden, 2007

Wilma Tabacco, Slipstream, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Publishing, 2004

I Dover, embark/disembark: an exploration of cultural dislocation, exhibition catalogue, Immigration Museum, Melbourne, 2003

Heathcote, North: Art from the Other Side of the Yarra, LaTrobe University Museum, 2003

Four, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Galleries/holmes à court Gallery, Perth, 2003

Mystic Medusa, Mystic Medusa on Art, New Contemporaries Sydney, 2003

Zara Stanhope, Good Vibrations, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, 2002

Edward Colless, Agrodolce Bliss Bomb, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Galleries, 2002

Cynthia Troup, A Matter of Distance, exhibition catalogue, Linden Gallery, 2000

Daniel Thomas, Painted Spaces, exhibition catalogue, Rice Talbert Museum, UK, 2000

RMIT Fine Art at the Hong Kong Art Centre, exhibition catalogue, RMIT, 1998

A Decade of Contemporary Australian Printmaking, exhibition catalogue, The Contemporary Museum of Seoul, Korea, 1998

Wilma Tabacco and Irene Barberis, Saying it with Flower, exhibition catalogue, 1998

M Scott and P Zika, research, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, 1997

M Gates, Patterning: Layers of Meaning in Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, Canberra School of Art, 1998

Pot- Pourri, exhibition catalogue, Savina Gallery, Korea, 1997

Don Williams and Colin Simpson, Art Now Contemporary Art Post-1970 Book Two, McGraw Hill, Australia, 1996

Pradolin, Our Parents’ Children, exhibition catalogue, Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, 1995

Christopher Heathcote, The Situation Now: A Survey of Local Non-Objective Art, exhibition catalogue, La Trobe University Art Museum, 1995

Recent Acquisitions: Deakin University Art Collection, exhibition catalogue, Geelong Art Gallery, 1995

Wilma Tabacco: Les Fleurs, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Galleries, 1995

Alan McCulloch, revised by Susan McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen & Unwin, 1994

Art Right Now, cd, Discovery Media, 1994

Contemporary Australian Paintings-Works from the Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection, Westpac Gallery, 1993

Wilma Tabacco: La Nouvelle Constellation, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Galleries, 1993

Wilma Tabacco, exhibition catalogue, Niagara Galleries, 1992

J Holmes and E Colless, Rediscovery: Australian Artists in Europe 1982–92, exhibition catalogue, 1991

Elizabeth Cross, Freedom of Choice, exhibition catalogue, 1991

Neville Drury, New Art 3, Craftsman Press, 1989



Saluti dai Paesi Fantasma, 2019,

Of Colour and Light: West End Art Space, October, 2018

Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie, May 2018

The Great Sea:


McKay & E. Buttrose, ‘Geometries’, Artlines, QAG, 2019

Grishin, ‘The tension between planning and chance’, Canberra Times, March 19, 2016

D Rule, ‘In the Galleries’, Spectrum, The Age, 19 December, 2015

R Schirru, ‘La mappa archeologica delle emozioni, Il Globo, 7 December, 2015

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D Raintree, ‘Gilt-edged visual manifestations’, The Age, May 29, 2013

R Nelson, ‘Geometric Gems with Kinetic Jives’, The Age, February 8, 2012

S Pottinger, ‘Shows display giddy variety of imagery, colour,’ The Chronical, Sept. 11, 2010

D Rule, ‘Around the galleries’, The Age, April 11, 2010

G G Hubbard, ‘Arte, cultura, identità, simbolismo e creatività’, Il Globo, July 20, 2009

S Grishin, ‘Discipline and chaos’, Canberra Times, August 24, 2009

S Grishin, ‘Colourful sweeps’, Canberra Times, November 23, 2007

R Nelson, ‘Show your wit, but not your poetry’, The Age, August 29, 2007

F Capp, ‘Drudgery or inspiration?’ The Age, August 18, 2007

J Makin, ‘Wilma earns her stripes’, Herald Sun, June 14, 2006

S Grishin, ‘Inner strength on display’, Canberra Times, 29 September 2005

G Hubbard, ‘Contenuti ed estitica dello spazio privato’, Il Globo, 28 July, 2005

Philip Watkins, ‘Disorientate: Colour, Geometry and the Body’, Artlink, vol. 25 no.1, 2005

J Makin, ‘In search of gold’, Herald Sun, May 24, 2004

R Nelson, ‘Tabacco in playful mood’, The Age, May 14, 2004

Robert Cook, ‘Fizz for eyes’, West Australian Saturday Extra, June 28, 2003

R Nelson, ‘Good vibrations to test the retina’, The Age, 16 November 2002

S Barron, ‘Geometric abstractions and witty sculptures’, Canberra Times, 23 August 2002

Arty Facts, ‘Earning her stripes’, Herald Sun, 6 July 2002

M Backhouse, ‘Colours jar and jostle’, The Age, 6 July 2002

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E Mahoney, ‘Edinburgh’s dangerous wallpaper’, The Guardian, 25 February 2001

J Calcutt, ‘Painted Spaces, Scotland on Sunday’, 18 February 2001

S Grishin, ‘Not purely minimalist’, Canberra Times, 6 May 2000

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A & C Kolon Television, 12 May 1997, Seoul, Korea

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The Korea Herald, 14 may 1997

The Korea Times, 11 May 1997

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