(b. 1988. Branxton, NSW, Australia)
Todd Fuller has exhibited annually with May Space since his debut in 2011 at the age of 23, having graduated from Sydney’s National Art School the previous year. His practice integrates sculpture, animation, drawing, performance and painting to construct narratives drawn from empirical experiences, personal or otherwise. He has been awarded a number of residencies that have informed and developed his work, including time spent recently at Bundanon Trust (2018), Hill End (2017) and Grafton Regional Art Gallery (2016). These residencies follow on from Fuller completing the William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship at the British School at Rome, and residencies at both the Cité International des Arts in Paris and Sydney Grammar School. The hand-drawn animation developed during his Grafton residency, Ode to Clarence, won the notable Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award in 2018. Most recently, Todd was selected as a finalist in the 2019 Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW for his hand drawn animation, With whom I was united by every tie (Captain Moonlite), and completed a commission for the State Library of NSW for another hand-drawn animation, Trim’s Adventure.
Fuller’s practice is multidisciplinary and multifaceted. His video artworks have portrayed narratives concerned with burden, freedom and iconography, with his most recent animations investigating perceptions of homosexuality, particularly within rural areas. Fuller’s ongoing video piece, Unite Project, is a participatory artwork surveying a range of responses to marriage equality. It sees members of the public confronted and comforted by two men engaged in a passionate pash. His 2018 exhibition Convicts and Queens: a passionate history of Australia positions a spotlight on the contributions of LGBTIQA+ individuals to the grand Australian narrative. Fuller’s practice also includes the drawing stills from his films, and sculptures that bring the characters he develops into a three dimensional form. Fuller’s pieces have entered a number of collections, including Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Newcastle Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Gympie Regional Gallery, Deakin University Art Gallery, the ELLIOTT EYES COLLECTION, and Sydney Harbour Trust Collection.
Fuller has had solo shows around Australia since 2010, most recently at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery (2019) and Gympie Regional Gallery (2018), following successes at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (2017), Grafton Regional Art Gallery (2016) and an earlier exhibition at Glasshouse Regional Gallery (2016). Along with his works being curated into multiple exhibitions throughout the country, Fuller has also seen success overseas with his hand-drawn films travelling in Europe, Asia and South America with CologneOFF, and featuring in the ARES International Film & Media Festival in South Korea, twice at the Asian Art Biennale, and at Art Stage Singapore.
With his interests also spanning into curatorship and arts production, Fuller is currently the Gallery and Curatorial assistant at Waverley Council, and has been a seasonal lecturer at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, Co-Director and Curator for Sculpture in the Vineyards, Education and Touring Manager for dLux Media Arts, Events, Education and Online co-ordinator for the Biennale of Sydney, and Curatorial consultant for Cessnook Regional Gallery. In 2016 Fuller co-curated Just Draw with Lisa Woolfe. This exhibition travelled from Newcastle Art Gallery to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, showcasing artworks that reveal the varied nature of contemporary drawing practices. Fuller is also one half of the art/dance hybrid Flatline, whose success includes international film screenings, an acquisition from Grafton Regional Gallery, multiple performances (most recently at the Malta International Art Festival, 2017), as well as residencies at Blacktown Performing Arts Centre and Bundanon Trust.