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Cleo Wilkinson (Australian, b. 1959) was born in Melbourne, Australia. She received a BFA from Auckland University, New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma of Information Science from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Wilkinson has exhibited internationally and participated in artist residencies including at The British School at Rome, Proyecto Ace in Buenos Aires, Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in China, and Experimental Graphics Workshop in Havana. Wilkinson is known for her mezzotint prints that focus on everyday objects and the human body with exquisite detail. Emerging from the deep black background, faces, backs and hands appear in delicate gradients. Wilkinson provides only slices or glimpses of these people and objects in a liminal space, using mystery to intensify the complexity of their expression, their placement, their presence. While the figures can be beautiful and fragile, they can also be tense, confrontational, and powerful. Wilkinson’s work is held in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo, the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, and others.

36 works

36 works