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JUNE

2015

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

The Colonies

Central Goldfields Art Gallery
Old Fire Station, Neill Street, Maryborough Victoria
Michael Grant's exhibition The Colonies explores the early colonial history of Australia. Taking inspiration from his time spent as an artist-in-residence on Bruny Island, Tasmania and historically significant sites within Victoria, Grant's most recent body of work captures the raw and often inhospitable landscapes that confronted the first explores and settlers.

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27 June - 26 July 2015

 

 

 

Satellite Island, 2013. gouache on board

 

 

APRIL

2015

HOMECOMING

Exhibition & Book

The exhibition of portraits entitled ‘Homecoming’ curatored by Michael Grant, depicted First World War soldiers that lived and grew up within the communities of the Central Goldfields Shire (Victoria, Australia).
The exhibtion gives a face to those whom we now only remember by their names etched in monuments and memorials around the region. Below each portrait was descriptive text telling the story of each soldier’s war experience.

The project aimed to bring these soldiers stories back to life, by placing their once-familiar faces back into the community, so the memory of their sacrifice lives on.
The soldiers photographs were reproduced on vinyl banners in life-size scale (1 x 2 meters) and mounted on blank walls around the Shires townships.
To accompany the ‘Homecoming’ exhibition Michael Grant wrote a book retelling each soldiers military service story.
The banners will be placed around the Central Goldfields Shire (Victoria, Australia) for the next four years (2015 - 2018) during the months of April (ANZAC Day) and November (Remembrance Day).

 

 

Homecoming Publication

 

 

NOVEMBER

2014

 

Acquisition


University of Melbourne Special Collections, Baillieu Library


Ten of Michael Grant’s sketches books have been acquired by the University of Melbourne. The drawings were executed while Grant was on campus studying for his Master of Art Curatorship degree during 2014. They act as a visual record of his first year of studies on the Parkville Campus. The drawings depict many aspects of university life, from fellow students to the architecture of old and new buildings. The sketchbooks can be viewed at the University of Melbourne Baillieu Library – Special Collections Section.
 

 

 

 

University of Melbourne Sketchbook, graphite on paper, 29.5 x 21 cm. Collection of the University of Melbourne - Special Collections, Baillieu Library

 

 

APRIL

2014

 

EXHIBITION

Small Treasures, Big Ideas

Central Goldfields Art Gallery
14 June - 27 July 2014

 

 

Michael Grant

Mt. Beckworth from Bald Hill, 2013. oil on board. 23 x 12.5 cm

 

 

NOVEMBER

2013

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE


Bruny Island, Tasmania
Sept – Oct 2013

During September 2013 I was Artists in residence on Bruny island, Tasmania. Based in the isolated coastal village of Adventure Bay we explored the Island, drawing and painting as we went.
My memories of Bruny Island are of walking through dense damp forests, with crisp morning light attempting to penetrate the dense canopy of the trees. And scrambling over smooth boulders next to raging surf with a full laden backpack and easel slung over my shoulders, under the shadow of majestic sea cliffs.
While on Bruny Island I became absorbed by the history of the Island and the significant part it holds in Australia’s early European history.
Being the first safe ship anchorage after the rounding of Cape Horn of Africa many of Australia’s early explorers used Adventure Bay to replenish water supplies and make repairs to their ships. Familiar names such as James Cook, William Bligh, George Bass and Matthew Flinders were among many that spent time in the Bay. Some of the earliest European artistic impressions of Australia were painted in Adventure Bay by the ships crews.
During my time of Bruny Island I completed a number of plein air drawings and paintings. With these works I have attempted to reinterpret the raw Tasmanian landscape that is Bruny Island and give my impressions on the landscape that was for many there first sight of Australia.
 

 

Michael Grant

Penguin Island, Bruny Island, 2103. gouche on board.

Michael Grant

Variety Bay, Bruny Island, 2103. gouche on board.

 

 

July 2013

THE HOME FRONT

Steps Gallery 19 - 28 July 2013
Lygon Street, Carlton, Melbourne

The Home Front exhibition by Michael Grant explores the impact the Second War World had on two cites, on opposite sides of the world. Grant travelled to Manchester (England) and Darwin (Australia) among other locations, to visit specific sites directly impacted by bombing during the war. The exhibition is a culmination of 3 years research and work. With the majority of the work executed on location where bombing destroyed buildings and human life. The exhibition explores how the physical impact of these events may have faded into the past, but the legacy of this terrible period in our history lives on.

 

Laboratory (Snake Creek, NT), 2013. oil on canvas, 86.5 x 101.5 cm

 

January 2013


Vulnerability, Burning Kunai & Kumusi River (pictured right & below) have been acquired by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. These works are now held in the memorials permanent art collection. The paintings are part of Michael Grant’s Buna Series of works, exploring the continuing legacies of the Second World War battle.
Australian War Memorial Catalogue Numbers:
Vulnerability: ART94842
Burning Kunai: ART94841
Kumusi River: ART94840


 

 

Kumusi River, oil on canvas, 47 x 27 cm.

 

 

WEEK - 4

Burning Kunai, oil on canvas, 68 x 42 cm.



Vulnerability, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 cm.

 

December 2012

Night Watch (pictured right) has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
The work now held in the memorials permanent art collection. Night Watch is part of a series of work depicting the final months of active military service at Fort Queenscliff, following 152 years of duty.
Australian War Memorial Catalogue Number:
Night Watch: ART94839

 

Night Watch. gouache on paper, 35 x 40 cm

 

 

November 2012

George Gittoes & Michael Grant

Fort Queenscliff, Queenscliff, VIC.
Saturday 17 Nov 2012
Opening hours- 9am – 4pm

Salt Contemporary Art, Queenscliff, VIC.
Sunday 18 Nov - Friday 30 Nov 2012
Opening hours- 11am - 4 pm

Conflict and Compassion brings together Artists and Soldiers alike; exploring through the medium of art, their experiences of war and peacemaking. This exhibition is held to coincide with the historic celebrations to commemorate the closing of Fort Queenscliff to active service personal after 152 years of duty.
The exhibition Conflict and Compassion explores the Australian Defence Force involvement in active and peacekeeping operations, at home and abroad.
The event will feature two exhibitions of works both held at Fort Queenscliff for one day only. The first showcases works by Artist and Film Maker George Gittoes and local Artist Michael Grant. This exhibition will feature Gittoes and Grant’s art works created ‘in the field’. These works document their personal experiences of war and are a direct response to their surroundings.

To view the exhibition catalogue click on the image above

 

April 2012

Liverpool Art Prize

Drawing Paper #4 has been shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize. Michael Grant's artwork is represented within this publication.
Mike Carney and Jon Barraclough curate, design and publish The Drawing Paper, a not-for-profit, independently published, newspaper-based gallery focussed on contemporary drawing practice. It is distributed freely around selected galleries and establishments in Liverpool, the UK and beyond. 

For more details about the Liverpool Art Prize click above.

 

July 2011

Open Studio

Private View – 6 – 9pm on Friday 8 July 2011

Art Funkl, Artist in Residence

Manchester England

Recent artists-in-residence at ArtFunkl, Michael Grant and Sara Maia, are both painters with very different approaches and sensitivities towards the medium.
Maia’s paintings delve into the subconscious and investigate the landscape of dreams. Strange ambiguous creatures, half human, half animal or inanimate object, emerge carrying out mysterious, and sometimes disturbing, tasks. For ArtFunkl Maia has filled her studio space with an installation work which is intimate and detailed, allowing the viewer free license of response.
Grant’s work is based on his on-going research into the impact of the Second World War on the collective conscious of inhabitants and culture in localized areas. His fascination for this subject has taken him first to Papua New Guinea, where he studied the impact of a significant WWII battle on the town of Buna, and now to Manchester, where his evocative paintings capture the essence of important locations around the city which were targeted during the war.

 

For more details about ArtFunkl Click on the flyer.

 

25th June 2011

Art Funkl, Artist in Residence

Manchester England

An expedition to London took up the majority of my third week in England. While in London I conducted research into the Manchester and London Blitz at the Imperial War Museum. I also visited significant sites connected with the Second World War, Including Winston Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and St Paul's Cathedral. I have produced a large number of drawings and a body of art work is beginning to emerge. Another update coming soon.

Houses of Parliament, 2011, pencil on paper, 21 x 26 cm

 

20th June 2011


Art Funkl, Artist in Residence

Manchester England

An expedition to London took up the majority of my third week in England. While in London I conducted research into the Manchester and London Blitz at the Imperial War Museum. I also visited significant sites connected with the Second World War, Including Winston Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and St Paul's Cathedral. I have produced a large number of drawings and a body of art work is beginning to emerge. Another update coming soon.

St Paul's, 2011, pencil on paper, 21 x 26 cm

 

12th June 2011


Art Funkl, Artist in Residence

Manchester England

My second week in Manchester has been another busy and productive one. I have produced over 50 small studies in my sketch book and a number of larger more developed pieces. This week I have also had my artwork in the Bureau Gallery exhibition entitled ‘We are all in this together’. The week ended with my first trip out of Manchester to Liverpool, gaining more inspiration and ideas for my artwork. Stay posted for more updates on my Manchester residency.

Fire Window, 2011, acrylic and ink on paper, 22 x 27.5 cm

 

8th June 2011

Exhibition: We Are All In This Together

Exhibition Dates: 6th April – 11th June 2011

Viewing of Final Exhibition / Closing Party: Friday 10th June, 6 - 9pm
Venue: Bureau, 60 Port Street, Manchester. M1 2EQ


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Cathedral, 2011, acrylic, ink and pencil on paper, 22 x 34 cm

 

4th June 2011


Art Funkl, Artist in Residence

Manchester England

My first week in Manchester has been a busy one. I have been getting a feel for the city, spending most of my time walking the streets and finding interesting places to draw. I have also visited the Imperial War Museum North to find inspiration for my work, but to also immerse myself in the military history of the city. Another update on my residency coming soon.
 

Manchester Taxi, 2011, sketchbook study, pencil on paper, 13 x 20 cm.

 

February 2011

BUNA

9 - 19 February 2011

 

Post Office Gallery

Arts Academy,

University of Ballarat