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Melinda Schawel

Higher Ground II, 2017, Adelaide 2017

Mapping meta and micro environmental changes, Melinda Schawel’s turn of hand on paper dances with the materiality of her medium, upping the tempo with a sensitive application of colour. As she cuts, tears, scales and pokes her surfaces the artist is meditating on natural phenomena and what is man-made, specifically climate change. These new compositions on 640 gram weight paper express action and reaction and are a unique symbiosis of colour and form.

 

Education
1996
Postgraduate Degree, Fine Arts (Honours) in Printmaking, RMIT,
Melb.

1993
BA, Fine Arts and Communication Studies (Honours),
University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

Solo Exhibitions

2017

'Higher Ground II', Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
'Higher Ground', Wagner Contemporary, Sydney
'Protected', Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2015
'Out from Under Me', Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2014
Traverse, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Traverse, Artspace Foyer Gallery, Mackay


2012
Torn, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne


2009
Full Circle, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne


2006
Out of Touch, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne


2003
Lingua Franca, Global Art Source, Zürich, Switzerland


2000
Recent Works, Flinders Lane Gallery


1999
Etched, Helengory Galerie, Prahran.


Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney, NSW

2016
'Works on Paper', Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
'Of Colour & Light', Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford, Vic
The Nillumbik Prize, finalist, Montsalvat, Melbourne

2015
'Small Works', Beaver Galleries, ACT
Magical, Neospace, Collingwood, VIC
Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist, Campbelltown, Arts Centre, NSW
Drawing: A Fundamental Liberation V, Wagner Gallery, Sydney, NSW
The Nillumbik Prize, finalist, Montsalvat, Melbourne
Roots & Wings, with Belinda Fox, Beaver Galleries, ACT
Direction Now, Wagner Gallery, Sydney, NSW


2014
The Portrait Show, Flinders Lane Gallery

2013
The Nillumbik Prize, finalist, Montsalvat, Melbourne
Grounded, Australian High Commission, Singapore


2012
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, Australia


2010
Four Squared, Gallery S.P.A.C.E., Savannah, Georgia, USA


2009
Obra Grafica Murtra Edicions, Collegi d’Aparelladors, Barcelona (Mataró), Spain.
Four Squared, University Gallery, Uni of Northern Florida, USA
20Plus, Flinders Lane Gallery
Paper Works, Gallery RFD, Swainsboro, Georgia, USA


2008
Surface Tension, Flinders Lane Gallery
The Perfumed Garden, Flinders Lane Gallery


2007
Christmas Collection, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
50, Exchange Folio, Geelong Gallery, Geelong
Pure, Flinders Lane Gallery


2006
Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery
Melbourne Art Fair with Flinders Lane Gallery
Meeting Place, Keeping Place, George Adams Gallery, Arts Centre, Melbourne
Slowly, Slowly, Kudos Gallery, Sydney


2005
Art Sydney 05, Sydney
Up to Speed (2 person show with Belinda Fox), Beaver Galleries


2004
Ausstellung in der Kupferdruckwerkstatt, Zürich, Switzerland


2003
Del Mar, Kulturbüro Schaufensterprogramm, Bern, Switzerland
Grafik und mehr, Galerie Vostry, Erfurt, Germany

2002
Works on paper, Global Art Source, Zurich
Land-line, Port Jackson Press Australia, Fitzroy
Crossroads, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, VIC
Confluence, Warrnambool Regional Gallery, VIC
Sojourn with Belinda Fox, Beaver Galleries ACT


Awards and Residencies

2015
Residency, Chiang Mai Art on Paper Workshop, Chiang Mai Thailand

2012
Residency, Whitsunday Anglican School, MacKay, Australia

2004
Residency, Frans Masereel Centre, Kasterlee, Belgium


2002
Colour Intaglio workshop at La Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro, Mallorca, Spain
Recipient of Pat Corrigan Artist’s Grant (NAVA)

Fine Art Publishers

2006-7  Port Jackson Press Australia, Melbourne

 2003-4  Murtra Edicions, Arenys de Munt, Spain

Collections

Astral (NSW) Jupiters Casino (QLD) Sheraton (VIC), Fraser Suites Perth (WA), Hyatt (Phillipines), Hilton (VIC), Four Seasons (NSW), Stockland Development (NSW), Geelong Regional Gallery (VIC), Royal Museum of Fine Art Antwerp (Belgium), Frans Masereel Centre of Graphic Arts (Belgium), National Gallery of Australia (ACT), Artbank (NSW), Charles Sturt University (NSW), Phillips Fox Lawyers (ACT), Hilton (SA), Sebel Hotel (VIC), Hotel Causeway (VIC), Westin (NSW), Park Hyatt (VIC), Crown Casino (VIC), private collections in Europe, USA, Australia, Asia.

Melinda Schawel

throw me a line


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
58 x 78 cm

Melinda Schawel

there i was


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
75 x 105 cm

Melinda Schawel

stay calm


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
58 x 78 cm

Melinda Schawel

sink or swim


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
56 x 77 cm

Melinda Schawel

no direction


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
104 x 152 cm

Melinda Schawel

long way from home


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
77 x 113 cm

Melinda Schawel

tumbling down I


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
105 x 75 cm

Melinda Schawel

tumbling down II


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
105 x 75 cm

Melinda Schawel

trapped


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
75 x 105 cm

Melinda Schawel

over the edge


Medium:
Ink & pencil on torn & perforated paper

Dimensions:
58 x 78 cm

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