Michael Vale

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Michael Vale has been exhibiting professionally since 1986.

Recent solo and two person exhibitions have included The Guests (Despard Gallery, Hobart 2020), A Clown in the Moon (James Makin Gallery 2020), Time Traveller (Despard Gallery, Hobart 2019), The Transit of Mercury (Anna Pappas Gallery 2016), The Umbelliferous Portraits (with Nicholas Ives, Rubicon Artspace 2015), The Conquest of Space (Five Walls Projects 2013), Lamplike (Trocadero Artspace 2012), Untitled (green) (Screenspace 2011), The Innocents (with Donna McRae, Westspace 2011), R.I.P. (Linden 2009) and Le Chien Qui Fume (Monash Faculty Gallery 2006, Westspace 2005, TCB 2005)

Recent group exhibitions have included Word of Mouth (pop-up show, Venice Biennale 2019), The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (Bendigo Art Gallery 2019), The Archibald Prize (AGNSW 2019), Gothic Beauty (Bendigo Art Gallery 2018), Dark (Other) Times / Dark MOFO, (Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart 2018) Art Athina (Athens 2018), Romancing the Skull (Ballarat Art Gallery 2017), Slippery Stories (cur. MV and Tom Dunn, Durden & Ray, Los Angeles / Strange Neighbour 2016), Dada Here & Now (cur. Hanna Regev & Matt McKinley, San Francisco Arts Festival 2016), Authenticity? (cur. Richard Ennis, Incinerator Gallery 2016), The Museum of Doubt (cur. Peter Hill, Despard Gallery Hobart 2016), A Window that Isn't There (cur. MV, Strange Neighbour 2014), Whistling in the Dark (cur. MV, Trocadero Artspace 2014), As If (cur. Pater Hill, Kings Ari 2014), The Archibald Prize (AGNSW 2012), Museums in the Incident (cur. Steven Rendall, Monash Faculty Gallery 2012), Beautiful Volcanoes (cur. MV, Monash Faculty Gallery 2011), Loop 09 (Barcelona 2009), Nardini's Garage (Bassano al Grappa, Italy 2008), Who Let the Dogs Out? (cur. Merryn Gates, Lake Maquarie Gallery NSW, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery NSW 2008), This Crazy Love (cur. Jan Duffy, Linden 2007), Salone dei Beni e Delle Attivita' Culturati (Terminal Passageri, Venice 2006), Pet Project (cur. Bec Dean, Australian Centre for Photography - Sydney, Melbourne Arts Festival 2006).

Recent Awards:

The Hutchins Prize (2018), The Bayside Painting Prize (2017)

Michael's short film and video works have been screened around Australia and in Italy, Spain, the USA and Canada, and The Long Walk (2006) was awarded 'best film on art' at the 2006 Asolo Artfilm Festival (Italy). Since 2003 he has been working with the film maker Donna McRae and was production designer on her 2011 feature film Johnny Ghost, co-writer & director on Cobby: the dark side of cute and co-writer & production designer on Lost Gully Road (Winner of 'Best Feature' at LA Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles 2018).

Michael was the founding director of Linden Contemporary Art Centre, St Kilda (1985-7) and has worked as a curator, scriptwriter, mural and scenery painter, set designer, interior designer, illustrator and paint manufacturer. In 1999 he re-designed and refurbished the Ghost Train at Luna Park (with Bob Clutterbuck).

PhD (Monash University, 2006), MFA (RMIT, 2000)


Education/Academic qualification

Fine Art, PhD, Le chien qui fume: a smokey life, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 26 Sept 2006

Fine Art, Masters, RMIT University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2000

Research area keywords

  • Painting
  • Fine art
  • Contemporary art
  • Film
  • Video
  • Installation art
  • Humour
  • Horror
  • Superfiction
  • Gothic Absurdism
  • Absurdist Theories
  • Animal Activism

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