Tobi Wilkinson is a Sydney-based fine art photographer who studied with Gordon Undy as her mentor at point light in Surry Hills. She works predominantly with black and white film and hand crafts her prints on fibre-based paper in a traditional wet darkroom.
Tobi has had work hung in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Olive Cotton Awards and the Blake Prize Directors Cut as well as several private exhibitions. In 2012 she completed a Ralph Gibson course in Sydney with the master photographer himself which led to a body of work on the female nude and an exhibition entitled Source. This exhibition was the result of a lengthy collaboration with fellow photographers Anne Lynam and Gordon Undy and was presented at point light gallery in 2013.
Since 2008 Tobi has been engaged in a study of the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, photographing them in their monastery in Dharamsala, on location around Australia as well as in her studio in Surry Hills. The monks have provided fertile ground for her to explore the essence of spirituality through their tantric practices. Tobi has had solo exhibitions of work from this study at the Bondi Pavilion Art Gallery in 2010 and 2012 and is preparing for a third show in 2014. In 2009 Tobi was the official photographer on the Australian tour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Courses & Training: Point Light Gallery (2001 – 2003) – A series of short courses – Point Light Gallery 2003 – 1 year mentor program under Gordon Undy – National Art School (2003 – 2007) – Various short courses – Australian Centre for Photography 2004 – Short courses
Group Shows: Emergence 6 – August 2002 – Point Light Gallery – Emergence 7 – July 2003 – Point Light Gallery – Shoot the Chef (finalist) – September 2003 – Art Gallery of NSW – Arrival – February 2004 – Point Light Gallery – Natural Selection – July 2005 – Point Light Gallery – Olive Cotton Award (2nd in People’s Choice Ballot) – August 2007 – Tweed River Art Gallery – Blanco Negro, Photographer’s Exhibition, 2011, 2012 – Blake on-line Exhibition, Director’s cut, January 2013 – Inaugural Lecia Exhibition, Fotoreisel – Photographer’s Gallery, July 2013 – Source, Point Light Gallery, August 2013 – Modern Classics, Point Light Gallery, 2014
Solo Exhibition: India’s Unknown World – 2003, Hyde Park Club, Sydney – Tibet’s Timeless Tantric Tradition, January 2010, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney – In the Studio – April 2012, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney – Buddha’s Robes – April 2014, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney – Buddha’s Robes – June 2015, Thc Colour Factory, Melbourne – Mindful Practice, The Gyuto Monks Summer Retreat – April 2016, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney