Gilbert Grace Bio

Gilbert Grace is a practising artist from Sydney, Australia. A trained fine art painter, he is also passionate about bicycles as a proven solution to global environmental issues and personal health and welfare. Gilbert has recently completed the MFA course in painting at the beseiged Sydney College of the Arts.

A keen observer of trends in environmental issues Gilbert has focussed on encouraging active transport, immersion in space and place, active participation in the arts, interdependence, creativity as means of increasing resilience. Conservation of resources, natural capitalism, and retroinnovation figure in his life and art.

Gilbert is a founding member of BIKESydney, ARTcycle Inc, and Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA). Gilbert is currently engaged in the Hemp Initiative, the inaugural landed art residency for KSCA. Gilbert is also promoting habitat renewal, urban mobility and the greening of Sydney via the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay and Sydney Green Ring and with curated bicycle tours as ARTcycle Inc.

 

Connect with Gilbert:
http://gilbertgrace.com
http://www.artcyclesydney.com
http://www.sydneygreenring.org
http://www.ksca.land
Email: gilbert@gilbertgrace.com

 

Gilbert Grace C.V.

Artist Statement

Art is language. Art is not a spiritual vocation nor an avocation.

In my practice I explore quality of life, the environment, and economy of materials.

Studies

2016 Masters of Fine Art, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Lilyfield.

1990 Bachelor of Arts Honours (Painting) R M I T, Melbourne.

1981 Diploma of Art (Applied) R C A E, Wagga Wagga.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Open Studio – The Nest Creative Space, Waterloo.

2016 “current see” – Culture At Work, Accelerator Gallery, Pyrmont.

2015 “Deep Green and Bright Blue” – Downing Centre, Sydney.

“Deep Green and Bright Blue” – Big FAG Press, Glebe.

“Site Lines” – Hazelhurst Art Centre, Gymea.

2014 “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying…” – Fourty Seven, Rylstone.

2013 “The Common Wheel” – Accelerator Gallery, Pyrmont.

“Documenting the Sydney Green Ring” – (Cementa13), Fourty Seven, Rylstone.

2012 “Luminous” – Sheffer Gallery, Darlington.

2011 “Visions” – Art Est, Leichhardt.

2009 “Trauma Porn” – At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art, Newtown.

2008 “Road:Works” – Regard Gallery, Darlington.

2007 “Art From The Bicycle Seat” – Cheeky Transport, Newtown.

2003 Window Room – pclExhibitionists, Strawberry Hills.

2002 Window Room – pclExhibitionists, Strawberry Hills.

2000 “Shooting Gallery” – State of Grace Café, Newtown.

1997 “Pushpolling” – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.

1996 “Subtext” – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.

1993 “Multiplex” – Sergio Gallery, Middle Park.

“BIT” – (Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial) ArtRoundTown, Melbourne.

1992 “EN:TRAPMEN” – ArtRoundTown, Melbourne.

Fringe Studio, Fitzroy.

1991 Fringe Studio, Fitzroy.

1983 Nicholson Street Gallery, Balmain.

Group Exhibitions

2018 “GreenWay Art Prize” – Art Est, Leichhardt. [Winner, Open Section]

 “Fishers Ghost Art Award” – Campbelltown Art Centre, Campbelltown.

2017 “The Hemp Initiative” – Cementa 17, Kandos.

 “KSCA Road Tour”, Northern Tablelands, NSW.

2016 “Transitional” – Off Broadway Pop Up Space, Camperdown.

“Hemp Initiative” Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation – Futurelands 2/Kandos Projects, Kandos.

“Plonk” – Off Broadway Pop Up Space, Camperdown.

2015 “Street Stories”  – Delmar Gallery, Summer Hill.

“Deep Green and Bright Blue” – SCA Graduate Show, SCA Gallery, Lilyfield.

“Art on Paper Award” – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea.

2014 “Cognoscenti” – Home at 735, Redfern.

“On The Ground” – The Fire Station Arts Centre, Dubbo.

2013 “Super Six” – DNA Projects, Chippendale.

“The Common Wheel” – Accelerator Gallery/Culture At Work, Pyrmont.

“Art On Paper Award” – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea.

“ARTcycle Sketch Tours” – Cementa13, Kandos.

“A Retrospective: Celebrating Five Years” – Art Est, Leichhardt.

2012 “Shelf Life” – Delmar Gallery, Summer Hill.

“ARTcycle Residency Action Committee Vehicle” – INDEX space, St Peters.

“Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize” – Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown.

“Studio Artists” – INDEX space, St Peters.

2011 “Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize” – Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown.

“RAG Time” – Global Gallery, Paddington.

“In The Night Garden” – Sydney Fringe Festival, INDEX studio, St Peters.

“Ex Voto” – INDEX studio, St Peters.

“Crude” – INDEX studio, St Peters.

“Art on Paper Award” – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea.

“Awareness Muscle” – The Academy of Emergency Art, ATVP, Newtown.

“Collisions” – Art Month Sydney, INDEX studio, St Peters.

“Small Works for a Large Universe” – INDEX studio, St Peters.

2010 “INDEX #01” – INDEX studio, St Peters.

“GreenWay Art Prize” – Art Est, Leichhardt. [Winner, Open Section]

“Rockin’ the Boat” – At The Vanishing Point, Newtown.

“BIOdiverseCITY” – At The Vanishing Point, Newtown.

2009 “Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize” – Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown.

“Multiple Personalities” – Wards 17-18, Callan Park, Rozelle.

“Breathing Space”- Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor.

“It’s Hotter Than July” – ATVP at The Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst.

“Reality Cheque” – At The Vanishing Point, Newtown.

2008 “Salon de Refusés” – S. H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill.

“The Humble Spud – Art In The Park”, Maundrel Park, Petersham.

2007 “Bespoke” – Mori Gallery, Sydney.

“Wallspace Group Show”, Surry Hills.

2006 “Xmas Show” – pclExhibitionists, pcl@Rozelle.

2005 “Xmas Show” – pclExhibitionists, pcl@Rozelle.

“ArtSydney05” – Moore Park.

2004 “Xmas Show” – pclExhibitionists, Strawberry Hills.

“show 1” – pcl @ incubator, Redfern.

2003 “Xmas Show” – pclExhibitionists, Strawberry Hills.

“Affordable Art Fair” – pclExhibitionists, Moore Park.

2002 “Xmas Show” – pclExhibitionists, Strawberry Hills.

2001 “Xmas Show” – pclExhibitionists, Strawberry Hills.

“Palimpsest 4” – Mildura.

2000 “Walking the Street” – Oxford Hotel, Newtown.

“Salon de Refusés” – S. H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill.

1998 “Aware” – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.

“Amnesty International Show” – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.

“Sydney Fringe Festival” – Darlinghurst.

1997 “Publo Picasso” – Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst.

1995 “Portrait Show” – TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.

1993 “St Kilda Postcard Show” – Linden Gallery, St Kilda.

1992 “Christmas Show” – Roar II, Fitzroy.

“Anniversary Show” – Roar II, Fitzroy.

1990 “Honours Show” – RMIT, Melbourne.

Workshops

2015 “Bright Sparks: Blue Carbon” – Culture At Work, St Matthews, Mudgee.

2015 “Bright Sparks: Blue Carbon” – Culture At Work, Penrith Regional Gallery.

2015 “Bright Sparks: Blue Carbon” – Culture At Work, Ultimo Public School.

Residencies

2018-19 “White Creek Cottage” – Annandale.

2016 “Kandos Projects” – Kandos Projects, Kandos.

“Get A Room” – Frontyard Projects, Marrickville.

2013 “The Common Wheel” – Culture At Work, Accelerator Gallery, Pyrmont.

2012 “ARTcycle Residency Action Committee Vehicle” – INDEX space, St Peters.

Commissions

2014 Light Rail Platform Shelters, Inner West Light Rail extension, Transport for New South Wales. [Hawthorne, Taverners Hill, Arlington]

2000 “New Citizens Fine Art Print”, South Sydney City Council.

Grants

2013 Country Arts Support Program Grant, Regional Arts NSW.

2011 NSW Marketing Grant, NAVA, (For ARTcycle Inc).

2003 NSW Marketing Grant, NAVA.

Curatorial

2013 Curator “Super Six” – DNA Projects, Chippendale.

Curator “Common Wheel” – Accelerator Gallery, Culture at Work, Pyrmont.

2012 Curator “ARTcycle Residency Action Committee Vehicle” – INDEX space, St Peters.

2011 Co-Curator “Sketching The Gamut” – INDEX space, St Peters.

2010 Co-curator “The Gauntlet” – CARES facility, Sydney Park, St Peters.

2009 Co-director – At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Gallery, Newtown.

2008 Co-curator “Road” – various galleries, ‘2008 Bicycle Film Festival’, Sydney.

2007 Co-curator “Bespoke” – Mori Gallery, ‘2007 Bicycle Film Festival’, Sydney.

Artworker

2009 to present Art Installer/Preparator.

Membership

2000 to present National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Premium Plus membership.

2011 to present ARTcycle Inc. (founding member).

Travel

2004 Tokyo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Paris, London, (five week self-funded study tour).

Bibliography

Chloe Wolifson, “Highlights from the Cementa 17 Contemporary Arts Festival” Art Asia Pacific Magazine, 14 April 2017, http://artasiapacific.com/Blog/HighlightsfromCementa17ContemporaryArtsFestival

Adrian Clement, “Super Six”, Das Platforms Emerging and Contemporary Art, 19 January 2014,
http://www.dasplatforms.com/writing/super-six

Adrian Clement, “New Eyes”, Das Platforms Emerging and Contemporary Art, 1 December 2012,
http://www.dasplatforms.com/das_five_cent/new-eyes/

 

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