• Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art ‘Monster Theatres’

    The 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: ‘Monster Theatres’ launches Friday 28th of February. Julia Robinson will present new work, installed at the Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Garden.

    “…’Beatrice’, expands on ideas of the natural and the unnatural through signifiers of splicing, mutating, doubling and decaying and responds to the short story: ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ (1844) by Nathanial Hawthorne, that for me embodies many of these concerns and examines ideas of the monstrous.” – Julia Robinson

    Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia, ‘Monster Theatres’ will run 29 February – 8 June 2020.

    Pictured: Julia Robinson, ‘Beatrice’ (detail), 2019-2020, silk, thread, felt, steel, brass, gold-plated copper, foam, cardboard, pins, fixings, dimensions variable. photo: Sam Roberts Photography.

  • Lucas Grogan at Maitland Regional Gallery

    Lucas Grogan’s solo exhibition ‘Long Story Short’ opens on the 29th of February at Maitland Regional Gallery!

    “Lucas Grogan’s work spans multiple disciplines including quilts, murals and painting. As the title suggests, Grogan’s sense of humour has permeated his bold, fastidiously patterned, highly graphic, pun-filled signature blue artworks that reflect his personal experiences in a range of media. This exhibition will include painting, embroidery, quilts and a large immersive wall installation including a mural to be created by the artist during the installation of the exhibition. Other artworks in the exhibition will be borrowed from a number of private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia. For the first time these artworks as selected by the artist will be brought together to be shown in the artists home town of Maitland.”

    Exhibition runs February 22 to May 17.

    Pictured: Installation view of ‘Long Story Short’ at Maitland Regional Gallery, 2020

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Paul Yore | Clara Adolphs

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Paul Yore’s ‘Crown of Thorns’ and Clara Adolphs’ ‘In Between Days’ on Thursday 6th February 6-8pm.

    Gippsland-based artist Paul Yore’s solo exhibition ‘Crown of Thorns’ brings together new textiles, assemblages and collages, continuing the artist’s decade-long personal and candid investigation into the intersection of religion, sex, politics and popular culture. Taking its title from a passage in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is mockingly dressed in purple and adorned with a crown of twisted thorns, Yore’s exhibition readily draws upon the iconography of his Catholic upbringing, most notably the cross or crucifixion. However, Yore’s irreverent treatment of traditional subjects is laced with a queer critique of the foundational institutions of “Western” society; specifically the moralising presence of a corrupt Church, and its role in propping up a broken political system, a dynamic which in turn has fueled centuries of colonial violence, as well as the subjugation of women, trans and queer people.

    “Bundanoon-based artist Clara Adolphs is becoming somewhat of a fixture in the art prize and award circuit. An Archibald finalist in 2016 and 2019, and collecting the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, the artist mines an archive of castoff vintage photographs to make works that contemplate the passing of time and the universality of small moments.
    To capture her anonymous, enigmatic subjects, Adolphs turns to a palette knife and brush, working quickly with thick impasto paint in a kind of performance that reimagines and replays the lost moment within the photograph’s frame.” – Varia Karipoff (via Art Guide)

    Please join us in celebrating the launch of our first exhibitions for 2020!

    Exhibition runs until FRIDAY 6 March.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Pictured: Paul Yore, ‘Jesus Loves You’, 2018, wool needlepoint, 50 x 24cm irreg.

    Pictured: Clara Adolphs, ‘Upside Down’, 2019, oil on linen, 115 x 102 cm

  • NGV Kids Summer Festival with David Booth [Ghostpatrol]

    David Booth [Ghostpatrol] will take over the National Gallery of Victoria’s Great Hall with an interactive drawing installation.

    A celebrated street artist, David made his name painting the walls of Melbourne’s laneways. Today his artwork includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and multimedia installations across both public and private galleries around the world.


    Inspired by Keith Haring’s use of chalk on the streets of New York City and Leonard French’s colourful stained-glass ceiling in the Great Hall, his geometric characters are ready for children to fill with their chalk drawings.

    Booking are not required for this free event! See NGV website for more details about The NGV Kids Summer Festival.

    Runs 11 – 19 January, 10am – 3pm

  • 2020 Exhibition Program Launch

    Hugo Michell Gallery is please to announce our Exhibition Program for 2020! Beginning the year with exciting new works by Paul Yore and Clara Adolphs, we’re thrilled to celebrate artists throughout the year working across a diverse range of mediums.

    Committed to presenting exciting and innovative work at the forefront of contemporary art, our programming for 2020 extends to Art Fairs and a number of special events.

    To register your interest in any of these exhibitions, contact the gallery directly.

    Paul Yore – Crown of Thorns
    6 February to 6 March
    Clara Adolphs – In Between Days
    6 February to 6 March

    Nadine Christensen, Katrina Dobbs & Bill Hawkins – Outside Painting
    12 March to 8 April
    Daniel Emma
    12 March to 8 April

    New Collectors
    16 April to 16 May

    Hayley Millar-Baker
    21 May to 20 June
    Honor Freeman
    21 May to 20 June

    Fiona McMonagle
    25 June to 25 July
    Jahnne Pasco-White
    25 June to 25 July

    Richard Lewer

    18 June to 21 June

    Lucas Grogan
    30 July to 29 August
    Paul Sloan
    30 July to 29 August

    William Mackinnon
    3 September to 3 October
    Pip Ryan
    3 September to 3 October

    Marc Etherington
    8 October to 7 November
    Pepai Jangala Carroll
    8 October to 7 November

    Elvis Richardson
    12 November to 9 December
    Bridie Gillman
    12 November to 9 December

  • Nadine Christensen WINNER of R & M McGivern Prize!

    Congratulations to Nadine Christensen who has won the R & M McGivern Prize!

    The judges commented that the work ‘was a technically accomplished painting that renders a collision of imagery, scale and painterly planes in a masterfully cohesive fashion. Christensen’s work reminds us that while life is fleeting and fragile there is hope in the midst of despair. The artwork showcases the artist’s affinity with spatial deconstruction and the existential plight of humanity.’

    “The painting is a consideration of time and fragility. Human nature and the ecosystem. Ugliness and utility”, said artist Nadine Christensen.

    Awarded $25,000 in prize money, Nadine Christensen’s work will also become part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection, a significant public collection of Australian art.

    Image: Nadine Christensen, ‘Hang in there’, 2018, acrylic on sustainable farmed hoop pine with cedar stretcher, 95 x 80 cm. Photo: Andrew Curtis Photography


    Sera Waters and Paul Yore are showing in ‘Domestic Crafts’ at Rosny Barn, Tasmania curated by Nichole O’Loughlin.

    This group exhibition showcases boundary pushing, textile-based works.  The exhibition acknowledges the demarcation between craft and fine art since the 1970s which has paved the way for contemporary artists to use textiles in dynamic and powerful ways.  ‘Domestic Crafts’ features artists who employ textiles in diverse methods, including embroidery, quilting and soft sculpture. 

    The exhibition includes emerging and established Tasmanian, Australian and international artists to provide a broad picture of the current state of contemporary textiles.

    Exhibition runs until 22 December 2019.

    Pictured: Sera Waters, Well Well, 2018, wool, canvas, 65 x 65 cm.

    Pictured: Paul Yore, ‘Outside’, 2017, mixed media textile applique including found materials, wool, beads, sequins, button, acrylic paint, laminated print, fairy lights, 222 x 193 cm irreg.

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: David Booth [Ghostpatrol] | Rob Howe

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of David Booth [Ghostpatrol]’s ‘Hello blue sky’ and Rob Howe’s ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ on Thursday 28th November 6-8pm.

    Of Hello blue sky Booth states:

    It has been ten years since I first exhibited with Hugo Michell Gallery in Adelaide. We use time as a marker, for obvious reasons, and this milestone has had me wondering whether I’ve spent more time in my creative place – a virtual space – than in the real world.

    Hello blue sky.

    The title for this new series of work stems from the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a short-lived but global thinking social movement in England throughout the 1920s and ‘30s. Led by John Hargrave and comprising writers, artists, scientists and campaigners, the Kibbo Kift espoused practices of well-being, handicraft, pacifism, teaching and philosophy across a peaceful community. Discovering their art, attitude, rituals and manifestos has had a resounding effect on me: their vision, ambition and optimism providing a source of not only of deep reflection, but action.

    Hello blue sky.

    I’ve collected and created this body of work over the past two years, working across different spaces, utilising new materials and returning to older mediums from my first exhibitions with the gallery as a means to make sense of this ten-year span. The series of crafted, totem-like shrine objects can be seen as echoes of guided thoughts. Artworks are bearers of secrets. Perhaps some are revealed, maybe others are shared, and many will go untold, but I am absolutely sure that stories are passed in their existence. I created these sculptural objects so that people can hold them, because frankly, that’s the best part.

    Hello blue sky.

    The installation shows the works almost sliding on and off the walls, as if scrolling on forever. This is, at times, what my mind feels like when I’m searching for a memory or saved image. And so I offer to you this exhibition as an invitation into my mind over a period of time, where I have looked both backwards and forwards, where you can take a moment to sit atop the green grass and find something of me in this world, me in you, you in me or you in the world. 

    Hello blue sky was the Kibbo Kift’s warm welcome, and so too is it mine.


    Earlier this year footage was released of the rocket used to put spacecraft into orbit off Cape Canaveral in Florida. On its return to Earth, the rocket swung itself into a vertical position and lowered itself gently onto a landing platform on an autonomous spaceport drone ship commissioned by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX. The name given to the vessel on which the rocket so softly landed? Of Course I Still Love You.

    For the rocket returning from its mission in space, ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ represents home. And for this body of work – taking as its subjects local children, houses and landscape – home is the common thread.

    ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ represents what I see in my vicinity, what I like to pay attention to. These are ongoing themes in my paintings of recent years – my continuing infatuation with the colours and possibilities of local suburbia.

    Please join us in celebrating the launch of our final exhibitions for 2019!

    Exhibition runs until December 20.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Pictured: Rob Howe, Sunset (Fairy Meadow), 2019, oil on board, 54 x 72 cm

    Pictured: David Booth [Ghostpatrol], Thylacine, 2019, gouache and pencil paper cut, 32 x 62 cm

  • Justine Varga in City Gallery Wellington

    Justine Varga is exhibiting her series ‘Areola’ at City Gallery Wellington as part of a curated exhibition titled ‘News from the Sun’.

    The window, the horizon, and the still life are some of photography’s biggest clichés. Darkroom and Instagram famous, beloved by professionals and amateurs alike, they demand to be photographed. They have become ciphers for photography itself. News from the Sun features three photographers, who each explore one of these motifs. In each case, the favoured motif is abstracted, serialised, and transformed through formal processes and manipulations that push it far beyond the cliché.

    Australian artist Justine Varga’s Areola series combines cameraless and lens-based photography. Key to her investigation is the repeated image of a latticed window, taken from the same negative but shown in multiple states. It harks back to some of the first photographs ever made, Henry Fox Talbot’s 1835 views of a latticed window.

    ‘News from the Sun’ runs until 15 March 2020. Visit the City Gallery Wellington website for full details.

    Pictured: Justine Varga, Inscribing #1, 2018, from Areola, chromogenic photograph, 147 x 122 cm, edition of 5


    The latest Countess Report has been released, providing a reference point for gender equity in Australia’s contemporary visual arts. The report builds on the 2016 edition, showing significant increase in gender equity across public galleries, artist-run initiatives, major museums and university galleries, biennales, commercial galleries and contemporary art organisations. A total of 13,000 artists were counted across 184 organisations.

    “Congratulations to the ARIs, contemporary art organisations, commercial galleries, major museums and university galleries, public galleries and biennales who’ve made such significant gender equity gains.
    However, the research as revealed in the report focuses public attention on the pressing need for state-owned collections and institutions to match the progress made by the independent sector to redress the gender imbalance in collecting and promoting the work of women artists.”

    – John Cruthers, The Sheila Foundation, Chair.

    The Countess Report is a benchmarking project and online resource on gender equality in the Australian contemporary art sector, founded by Elvis Richardson. The Countess Report is funded by the Sheila Foundation Ltd (formerly Cruthers Art Foundation), and backed by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

    Pictured: Amy Prcevich and Elvis Richardson at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne. Artwork pictured by Ellen Yeong Gyeong Son, In the name of love : 사랑이란 이름으로. Photo by Phoebe Powell.