Rohan Hartley Mills

Rohan Hartley Mills (b. Pingelly Western Australia) is a Melbourne-based artist who spent ten years studying and working in New Zealand, before returning to Australia in 2018. He graduated with a Master of Art and Design in Painting, with First Class Honours from the Auckland University of Technology in 2013 and has since exhibited throughout Australia and New Zealand. Delighting in improvisation while in the same breath taking a studied approach to the medium of painting, there is an open-ended quality to Mills paintings that is fleet-footed and lithe. Observation and response are key strategies of his practice, through which he filters experiences from his everyday environment into swift painterly exercises, freely exploring drawing strategies and the qualities of colour and form. His work is represented in collections across both countries and his exhibition highlights include an evolving wall drawing for the Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in 2014 and projects at RM gallery, St Paul Street Gallery, IWT Project Space and Second Storey.  Mills participated in the Two Rooms group exhibitions The Smoothing of Things (2015), Drawing Rehearsals (2016), Under Control (2018). His first solo exhibition, Jazz Plastic at Two Rooms, launched the 2019 programme. In 2017, he co-curated an international painting exhibition Materialised with Glen Snow at Two Rooms.

Wall painting, 2016