Todd McMillan

Todd McMillan

Todd McMillan (b.1979 Sydney) lives and works in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. His photography, painting, film and video works operate at the intersection of art, literature, and field-based enquiry. Bringing the themes of Romanticism to bear on the humorous and often pitiful adventures of the twenty-first century, McMillan’s deeply introspective, image-based works evoke the tragicomedy of life, the inevitability of failure and the place of sincerity in the face of hopelessness. In his earlier works, acts of endurance and repetition mediate questions of meaning and, ultimately, purpose. What we see when we look at the work of Todd McMillan are lives: human, fallible, and yet intrinsically striving, trying to negotiate injury, obstacle and the barrier of empty time.

From 2013, McMillan’s practice saw the removal of the human protagonist (most often himself) to refocus his enquiry on the natural landscape. The various natural landscapes depicted in McMillan’s works (predominantly the sea and sky) are both pensive records of his travels and melancholic provocations that implore us to reconsider our our engagement with, and impact upon, the world.

McMillan’s film and video works were the subject of a major solo exhibition at MONA, Hobart, in 2013 titled Ten Years of Tears. In 2006 he won the prestigious Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Other significant exhibitions include: Preparations for Rain, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2018); New Matter, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2016); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); and Desire Lines, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012-13). McMillan’s work is held in many public and private collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney; the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; and the Sir Elton John Collection.

Selected works

    Storm at Sea

    Todd McMillan

    Storm at Sea 2021

    There is no hope

    Todd McMillan

    There is no hope 2015

    Lull (XII)

    Todd McMillan

    Lull (XII) 2020

    A Sign III

    Todd McMillan

    A Sign III 2016

    Going to see a man about a dog

    Todd McMillan

    Going to see a man about a dog 2005

    Cloud Study LXV

    Todd McMillan

    Cloud Study LXV 2021


  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • Après Nous

    Todd McMillan

    Après Nous

    14 November - December 19, 2020



    Maria CruzAnthony JohnsonLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van Hek

    21 May - June 20, 2020



    Julie FragarDavid HainesLucina LaneTodd McMillanElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiKoji RyuiGemma SmithTony SchwensenJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekJustene Williams

    1 - February 29, 2020

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheOliver WagnerMaria CruzHuseyin SamiLucina LaneAnthony JohnsonTodd McMillan

    12 - September 15, 2019

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019

  • Group Show 39

    Group Show 39

    Julie FragarChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJohn NixonKoji RyuiGemma Smith

    18 January - February 19, 2019

  • Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheTodd McMillanOliver WagnerHuseyin SamiJohn NixonMaria CruzDavid HainesChristopher Hanrahan

    13 - September 16, 2018

  • Preparations for Rain

    Todd McMillan

    Preparations for Rain

    26 July - August 25, 2018

  • Group Show 36

    Group Show 36

    Matthys GerberJonny NiescheJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillan

    18 November - December 16, 2017

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • Farewell

    Todd McMillan


    13 October - November 12, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015

  • There is no hope

    Todd McMillan

    There is no hope

    3 September - October 10, 2015

  • Hobson's Choice

    Todd McMillan

    Hobson's Choice

    4 September - October 4, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter WüthrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • Summer


    Jamie NorthMoya McKennaMaria CruzJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanMatthys GerberKoji RyuiJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin SamiJonathan Zawada

    21 January - February 1, 2014

  • Group Show 26

    Group Show 26

    Gemma SmithTodd McMillanJohn NixonJulie FragarAndreas Reiter RaabeJohn NicholsonMatt Hinkley

    12 September - October 5, 2013

  • Promises were made

    Todd McMillan

    Promises were made

    16 May - June 15, 2013

  • Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Jamie NorthKoji RyuiMatthys GerberTodd McMillanJustin TrendallMatt HinkleyJohn NixonHuseyin Sami

    23 March - April 21, 2012