Troy Emery<br /> Installation view of Troy Emery’s <em>Mountain climber</em> 2022<br /> steel armature, foam, textiles, timber plinth<br /> 350 x 380 x 120 cm<br /> Purchased with funds donated by donors to the NGV Summer Appeal, 2023<br /><br />Image: Tom Ross

2022 NGV Summer Appeal


2022 NGV Summer Appeal

The NGV sincerely thanks our dedicated philanthropic community who supported the acquisition of Troy Emery’s vibrant textile sculpture, Mountain climber 2022. At over three metres high, Mountain climber is Emery’s most ambitious work to date, and his first major commission by an Australian institution. In these textile-based works, bright-coloured fabrics are assembled, pinned and glued over an underlying form to create a large-scale and abstracted animal-shaped mass. The exuberant textile sculpture of a feline creature perched atop a gallery plinth is a continuation of Emery’s work exploring humankind’s relationship with animals and their historical representations in museums and in taxidermied form.

The larger-than-life mountain lion, covered in tens of thousands of coloured fake fur pom-poms is striking in scale and will encourage conversation on critical topics facing us today. This work greatly enhances the NGV Collection as a source of learning, sharing new ideas and perspectives, and we are incredibly grateful to all who supported this acquisition.

Thank you for your outstanding support, and we encourage you to visit Melbourne Now, and see Mountain climber in person at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia until August 2023.

The NGV warmly thanks all supporters who have made gifts to help secure this significant work:

Leadership Gifts

Tapestry Foundation of Australia
Dr Brett Archer
Alan Roberts & family
John Rush KC & Sandra Rush
Janet Whiting AM & Phil Lukies & family


Lucy Akerman
Jane Akhurst
Keith Alfredson & Mary Alfredson
Deirdre K. Baker
Francesca Barresi
Jacqueline Baxter
Kathy Beilby
Graham Blashki & Evelyn Firstenberg
Rosalind Budge & Keith Budge
Marjorie Button
Bruna Capodanno
Louise Carroll & Donald Carroll
Anna Cleary
Karin Coldrey & John Coldrey
Karen Coulston
Dr George Deutsch & Kathy Deutsch
Derryn Doherty
Amanda Dyson & Ian Dyson
Jodie Flugge
D M & L Ford
Elza Gericke
Jenny Cook
Edith Gordon
Dawn Hales
Marita Hanigan
Christine Hardidge
Emily Hardy
Sukvinder Heyer
Cayte Hoppner
Susan Hosken
Three Springs Foundation
Joanna Hughes
Michele Hunt & Kerry O’Hagan
Nannette Hunter
Dr Anne Kennedy & Leonard Kennedy
Ivo Krivanek & Toni Franchey
Sheirly L
Jacqui L. Lamont
Helen Landau
Janet Lapworth & Ross Lapworth
Mark Leslie
Robyn Levi and Dr John Levi
Phil Lewis
Mingjin Lin & Qiumei Wang
Li Liu
Diane Matthews
Don McDonald
Kay McDonald & Wayne McDonald
Anthony Moss & Nathalie Moss
Francesco Panozzo
Sue Podhorsky
Carolyn Poon & Jessie McCudden
Lisa Poulier
Ralph Renard & Ruth Renard
John Rickard & Julia Rickard
Viorica Samson
Dr Anthony Scarff & Karen Scarff
Ronald Sciberras
Graeme Seabrook
Vanessa Helen Sharman & John Lam
Vera Smiljanic
Roderick Smythe
Dr Sally Sojan
Savithri Sri Skandarajah
Charles Tegner
Diane Tweeddale
James Wator
Bronwyn White & Chris Clarke
Sabine Wilkens
Margaret Wong

Melbourne contemporary artist Troy Emery’s art practice combines sculpture, painting and drawing. He primarily works with textiles and sculpture, creating animal-like forms that examine the discourse surrounding fine art, craft and the delineations between the two.

While the NGV only holds one work by Emery in the Gallery’s Collection, Blue banded bobcat (2017), as a Melbourne based artist, Emery has connected with the NGV and our community through major programs. He was a key artist in the 2021 NGV Kids Summer Festival which coincided with Triennial 2020, leading an interactive art program for children and families. Critical Creatures with Troy Emery allowed our youngest audiences to consider the importance of animals within our ecosystem, inspired by the NGV Triennial theme of Conservation. Most recently, Emery and Daniel Poole’s vibrant collaboration was a highlight of the 2022 Melbourne Design Fair.

Troy Emery’s work is held in various private and public collections around Australia and he has exhibited his work around the world. The NGV looks forward to sharing Mountain climber with our visitors in March 2023.


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