1947 -


Born Rockhampton, Queensland.
Died in Herberton, Far North Queensland.

Individual Exhibitions

1981 Fabrications - Martin Gallery, Townsville
1982 Sculpture - Ray Hughes Gallery - Downtown at 123 Charlotte Street, Brisbane
1983 Collage - Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1984 Installation with 16m3 of Foam - College Gallery - BCAE Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane
1985 Car Bonnet Cut-outs - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1986 Recycled Queenslanders - Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1987 Furniture - Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1987 Collage, Bas Relief - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1988 Sculpture-Works from central western Queensland the North - Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1989 Chairs - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1989 Still Life and other Compositional Considerations - Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1990 Further Concern with Still Life and Composition - Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand
1990 Drawings - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1991 Another Aspect of Still Life and Composition - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1991 Chairs - Townsville Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
1991 Chairs - Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
1992 Still Life - Another Option - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1992 The Indigenous Object and the Urban 0ffcast - Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1993 Paintings and Drawings of Still Life - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1994 982 Trasparenze d'Artea Venezia, Zitelle - Cultural Centre,Venice, Italy
1994 Still Life - About Drawing - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1996 Painterly Concerns - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1997 Stories About Things - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1998 The Oceania Suite and Landscapes - Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
1998 Queensland Landscapes - Ray Hughes Gallery, Queensland
2000 Still Life and Landscapes - Ray Hughes Gallery,  Sydney
2004 Stories About Landscapes - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2005 Tom Risley - Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
2005 Flags - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
 2007  Family Crests -  Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
 2007  Tablets  -  Andrew Baker Art Dealer,  Brisbane
 2008  Tom Risley:  8 Still Lifes 1982 - 2008:  An Overview, KickArts Contemporary Arts,  Cairns  Queensland. 




 Still Life with Paint,  Andrew Baker Art Dealer,  Brisbane..

Last and Recent Works:  KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns.  Queensland.

Last and Recent Works:  Perc Tucker Gallery , Townsville.


1990 Further Concerns With Still Life & Composition - Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand (15 Dec - 14 Feb)
1992 The Indigenous Object & The Urban Offcast - Survey Exhibition. QAG. Brisbane


982 Trasparenze D'artea Venezia - Zietelle Cultural Centre Venice (5 May - 9 May) 

Selected Group Exhibitions

1981 Australian Sculpture Triennials - 1981,1984,1987,1990.
1982 Sculpture '82 - Commonwealth Games Festival Brisbane.
1984 Appositions - BCAE Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane.
1985 Trios Australiens - Peter Cole, Andrew Dunstone & Tom Risley Gallerie Boudoin Lebon, Paris.
The First Exhibition - Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney.
Queensland/Works - 1950-85,University of Queensland Art Museum Brisbane Curated Nancy Underhill
Six New Directions - Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane.
Australian Perspecta '85 - Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney(Curated by Tony Bond)
1987 Painters & Sculptors-Diversity In Australian Art - Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane. Travelling to Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan(Curated by Michael Sourgnes)
Contemporary Art In Australia-A Review; Museum Contemporary Art Brisbane (18 July Curated James Baker)
Seven Queensland Artists - Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education Toowoomba (8-30 Sept)
A New Romance - University Drill Hall, Australian National University Canberra (12 Sep- 15Nov Curated by John McPhee)
1988 Artists For Another Biennale - Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney.
Gallery Maki - Tokyo Japan with Joe Furlonger & R J Morris.
Seventeen Australian Artists - Galleria San Vidal Venice (Organised by Ray Hughes on Behalf of Richard Ellis World Wide to coincide with the Venice Biennale)
Creating Australia - The Great Australian Art Exhibition(Curated by Daniel Thomas) Toured to all major galleries)
The New Generation - Australian National Gallery, Canberra.(4 Jun - 17 Jul)
1989 Adelaide Biennale - Art Gallery South Australia Adelaide. (Curated by Mary Eagle)
Delineations Exploring Drawing - Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney (Curated by Louise Pether)
1990 Twenty Australian Artists - Gallery San Vidal, Venice; Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane, Benalla Regional Art Gallery Victoria, Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney.
Into Space - The Language of Sculpture,Queensland Art Gallery, touring regional Queensland (Curated by D.Burnett).
1991 Thinking Aloud - Drawing exhibition Ray Hughes Gallery Sydney.
1995 Australia Felix - Benalla Victoria.
1999 A Century Of Collecting - Ivan Dougherty Gallery Sydney
2000 Against the Grain - Australian Sculptural Furniture. Brisbane City gallery.
2001 Tokyo Designers Block - Tokyo
2002 Gallery Artists - Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2003 Beneath the Monsoon - Visions North of Capricorn. Mackay, Cairns & Townsville. Curated by Gavin Wilson.
2005 'Project Show' - University Art Museum. U.Q. Brisbane.
2007 'Our Way' - Contemporary Art from Lockhart River. University Art Museum. U.Q. Brisbane.
 2007  The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award:  Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,  NSW
 2009  Twelve Degrees of Latitude:  Regional Gallerie & University Art Collections in Qld.  Travelling to Regional 7 university galleries, Qld.
 2009  Reinventions:  National Gallery Canberra,  ACT.


  • National Gallery Australia
  • QLD Art Gallery
  • NSW Art Gallery
  • Nat. Gallery Vic
  • Art Gallery SA
  • Art Gallery WA
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art N.Y
  • Auckland City Art Gallery
  • Chartwell Collection N.Z.
  • Joseph Brown Collection Melb
  • Laverty Collection Sydney
  • Gold Coast City Gallery
  • Qld. State Library Brisbane
  • Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville
  • Mt. Gambier Regional Gallery SA
  • Cairns Regional Art Gallery
  • James Baker Collection
  • Parliament House Canberra construction authority
  • Artbank Sydney
  • Brisbane College of Advanced Education
  • Centre of Contemporary Art
  • Ipswich Regional Gallery
  • Hamilton. New Zealand


1982, 1985, 1991, 1993 VACB Grants
1996 Stanalite Travelling Fellowship


Totem QLD Government Gift to New Parliament House Canberra. Malanda Commission Eacham Shire Council. FNQ.

Selected Bibliography

Bock, Anna Sculpture display at Tucker Gallery
Townsville Advertiser, 26 November 1981.
  First Australian Sculpture Triennial Committee
Melbourne, 1981, p.152.
Howard, Lenore Sculpture show for Townsville
Cairns Post, 13 November 1981, pp.5, 7
Langer, Gertrude Three still-lifes in shape
Courier-Mail, 29 October 1982.
Langer, Gertrude He turns rubbish into art
Courier-Mail, 11 October 1983.
Langer, Gertrude Tom takes a leaf from Johns' book
Courier-Mail, 26 June 1984.
Ford, 1 Tom Risley
in Appositions [exhibition. catalogue]
Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, 1984.
Marcus, Will Australian Perspecta '85 [exhibition catalogue]
Ed. Anthony Bond, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1985, p.54.
Jarrett, Bunny Tom takes on Paris
North Queensland Register, 17 January 1985, p.21
Lynn, Elwyn Favourites, censors and other monsters
November 1985, Weekend Australian Magazine, p.13.
Follent, Sarah Tom Risley: Turning rubbish into fine objects
The Australian, 19 May 1986.
Massy, John Painters and Sculptors: Diversity in Contemporary Australian Art
Exhibition Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1987, p.44.
Allen, Christopher War of desire
Sydney Morning Herald, 18 June 1988
Art Gallery of South Australia Creating Australia: 200 Years of Art 1788-1988 [exhibition catalogue]
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1988, p.205.
Lynn, Elwyn Armchair aesthetics
Weekend Australian Magazine, 27-28 May, 1989
Beenstock, Sue Artist confronts himself and life
Tablelander, 5 June 1990, p.2.
Steven Rainbird The Art and Environment of Tom Risley
Art & Australia, vol.28 no.4, Spring 1990, pp.84-89
Burnett, David Into Space: The Language of Sculpture [exhibition catalogue]
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1990, pp.10, 13
Edwards, Geoffrey A consideration of some new sculpture from Australia, Europe and Japan
in Fourth Australian Sculpture Triennial [exhibition catalogue]
Ed. Helen Chamberlin, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1990, pp.59, 91.
Daniel Thomas Tom Risley
in Tom Risley: Further Concern with Still Life and Composition
Auckland: Auckland City Art Gallery 1990, np
McCullough, Tom (ed.) The First Australian Sculpture Triennial [exhibition catalogue]
Atherton Nye Tom Risley
in Mary Eagle et al. 1990 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia 1990, pp.70-71
Daniel Thomas Tom Risley
in Tom Risley: Further Concern with Still Life and Composition
Auckland: Auckland City Art Gallery 1990, np
Ross Searle Artist in the Tropics: 200 Years of Art in North Queensland
Townsville: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 1991, pp.55-56
Graeme Sturgeon Contemporary Australian Sculpture
Sydney: Craftsman House 1991, pp.83-86
Catherine Hunter  Channel 9, Sunday Program, Documentary:  Tom Risley Artist  1992
Doug Hall Tom Risley: The Indigenous Object & the Urban Offcast
Brisbane: Queensland Art Gallery 1992 (exhibition catalogue)
Louise Martin Chew - Getting on THE BUS
(Profiles an artist whose sculpture is unfailingly original, shaped by a guiding intellect which continually seeks new boundaries.) Country Style October 1993
Brendan O'Malley Chairman of the Board
Courier-Mail, I I March 1998, p.36
Susan Owens Domestic Bliss - Art Attack
The Sun - Herald - Tempo July 19,1998
Sebastian Smee Artist abandons rubbish that goes for a thong
Tom Risley New Work. The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, March 25, 2000`
Michael Reid The shaping of big things to come - Sculpture is no longer the neglected art medium
“(The absolute blue-chip names in Australian contemporary sculpture such as - Tom Risley...)” The Weekend Australian - August 3 - 4, 2002.
Gavin Wilson Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn
Mackay: Artspace Mackay 2002, pp.29-3 I
Melinda Hall Footprints from Another World
Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2004, p.3
Steven Tonkin Tom Risley. First Impressions ...and Second Thoughts
about Tom Risley

Cairns Regional art Gallery 2005
ABC Painting Australia Series
March/April 2007
 Steven Tonkin  Looking Closer in order to Further:     'Still Life with Paint'   Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.   2009.