ANGELA VALAMANESH

ANGELA VALAMANESH

b. 1953, Port Pirie, Australia.

Lives and works in Adelaide, Australia.

Angela Valamanesh’s work is both familiar and mysterious: recognizable, but not immediately understood. Her drawings, ceramic objects, and watercolours are the result of an incredible depth of research, referencing complex scientific, historic, and philosophical ideas.

Valamanesh’s imagery stems from micro- and macro-biology, historic anatomical and botanical illustrations, natural history collections, and rare books. Valamanesh’s oeuvre is populated with the animal, vegetable, and mineral with glimpses of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and spores.[1]

Angela Valamanesh was born in Port Pirie, South Australian in 1953 and currently lives and works in Adelaide. Valamanesh holds a Diploma in Design in Ceramics from the South Australian School of Art (1977), a Master of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia (1993), and a PhD from the University of South Australia (2012).

Valamanesh has participated in many solo and group exhibitions including: Heartlands, Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2013); and the South Australian Living Artists Festival, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2015). Valamanesh’s work is held in several significant collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

“The practice of building groups or arrangements has existed in my work for a number of years now and their linear qualities still remind me of the way letters form words or sentences on a page. Also in this more recent work the reference to the way specimens in collections are often presented to us is perhaps relevant.” (excerpt from artist statement, 2007)

[1] Kenneally, Cath. Angela Valamanesh: About being here. Wakefield Press, 2009.

ANGELA VALAMANESH The space between things: Remembering Mary Delany 2, 2016 acrylic paint and various papers on board, 124 x 102cm
NEW WORK
2017
ANGELA VALAMANESH - 'Various friends and enemies no.6', 2014, Ceramic, 2 parts 43 x 38 x 6 cm
NEW WORK
2015
ANGELA VALAMANESH - Earthly Garden #12, 2011, unglazed ceramic, 23 x 40.5 x 6cm
RECENT WORK
2012
A little bit of everything 5, 2010 watercolour on paper 66 x 66 cm
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
2010
Natural history collection no. 10, 2008, unglazed ceramic, 28 x 28 x 8cm
ALL CREATURES: WORKS FROM NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTION
2009
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, group F, 2007, Unglazed ceramic, 4 pieces, 48 x 76 x 6cm
ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MINERAL
2007
COLLABORATIVE WORKS
2005
CERAMICS
2002

BIOGRAPHY

1953

Born in Port Pirie, South Australia

 

1977

Diploma in Design (Ceramics), SA School of Art, University of South Australia

1993

MA Visual Arts, SA School of Art, University of South Australia

1997

MFA Program, Glasgow School of Art, UK

2012

PhD University of South Australia

Currently

living and working in Adelaide, South Australia

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

New Work, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
Everybody's Everything: Insect/Orchid, Adelaide University Rare Books & Special Collections

2015

GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

2014

Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2013

Breenspace, Sydney

2012

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide 

2011

Earthly Garden, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney
Art Vault, Mildura 

2010

A little bit of everything, Greenaway Art Gallery, SA

2009

Gallerie Johan S., Helsinki
All Creatures: works from Natural history collection, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2008

Natural Histories, Helen Stephens Gallery, Sydney
Turner Galleries, Perth

2007

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2006

Been here and gone, Gallery 2, Jam Factory, Adelaide

2004

Sherman Galleries, Sydney

2003

Bett Gallery, Hobart

2002

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2001

About being here,Sherman Galleries, Hargrave, Sydney

1999

National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (Asialink)

1997

Newberry Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, UK

1996

Calculations, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
In remembrance of things...., Jamfactory Gallery, Adelaide

1995

Birds Have Fled, University of South Australia, Art Museum, Adelaide
A bowl is a bowl is a bowl...., Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Guardian at Australia House, Fremantle Art Centre, Sensual Nature

2017

Sydney Contemporary and Dubai Art Fair, UAE

2015

CACSA Contemporary 2015 & Dubai Art Fair, UAE

2014

Florabotanica, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery
The Microscope Project, Flinders Art MuseumAdelaide

2013

Heartlands, Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia

2012

On Collaborations, Breenspace, Sydney

2011

Imagining interiors, Jam Factory, Adelaide
A Verdant Heart, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery      

2010

Heartlines, University of South Australia, South Australian School of Art Gallery
Abstract Nature, Samstag Museum, University of South Australia
Khemia, RiAus, Science Exchange, Adelaide
New New, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Barr Smith Library, Adelaide University

2009

Bravura, 21st century Australian Craft, Art Gallery of SA
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
this life, Contemporary Art Centre of SA
Harvest, Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide

2008

Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, NSW
City of Hobart Art Prize 2008, Tasmania
Narratives, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Queensland
Strange Attractors, Liverpool Street Gallery, Adelaide
Redlands Art Prize, Sydney

2007

There Forever, Port Adelaide, South Australia
Cup Show, Helen Stephens Gallery, Sydney
South Australian Ceramics Award, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide

2006

Bowl, Khai Liew Design, Adelaide
Surface: given the text, SA School of Art Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide

2005

South Australian Ceramics Award, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide

2003

Future Function, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney
Ceramics: Australian & New Zealand, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW
Still Life, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2002

Ritual of Tea, Contemporary ceramics & metal, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide
Less is more/Less is bore, Brisbane City Gallery, Queensland

2001

International Ceramics 2, Sybaris Gallery, Michigan, USA
Orbit,University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide

2000

Chemistry: Art in South Australia, 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

1998

Contemporary International Ceramics, The Sybaris Gallery, Michigan, USA
Landing, works from the collection, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide

1980

Art of Craft, travelling exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

1978

Pugmill Award exhibition, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide

 

AWARDS & COMISSIONS

2019

Visual Arts Board, Project grant

2018

Art Angels residency & commission

2016

Visual Arts Board, Australia council new work grant
Copyright CREATE fund Artist in residence, Barr Smith Special Collections

2015

SALA SAHMRI Artist in residence

2014

Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, Residency Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

2013

Alcorso Foundation Vitrify Ceramic Award 2013 Winner

2011

Arts SA Fellowship

2010

Member of the Order (AM)

2009

SALA Monograph, About being here, Writer Cath Kenneally

2008

La Trobe University Merit Award, Sidney Myer Ceramics Exhibition
Australian Higher Degree by Research Scholarship University of South Australia, PhD

2007

South Australian Ceramic Award

2004

Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, New Work

2002

Arts SA project grant

2001

Visual Arts Craft Fund, Australia Council, New Work

2000

Arts SA project grant 

1999

City of Hobart Art Prize, Ceramics

1995

Visual Arts/Crafts Board of Australia Council project grant
Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship

1994

S.A. Department for Arts and Cultural Development, Project grant

1993

Australian Post Graduate Award Scholarship

1991

South Australian Department for Arts, Project Grant

1989

Japan/South Australia Cultural Exchange Scheme, travel grant

1988

Visual Arts/Crafts Board of Australia Council Project Grant

1985

Caloundra Art Prize (Ceramics)

1982

Crafts Board, Australia Council, development grant

1980

S.A. Department for Arts, project grant
Alice Springs Craft Prize

1978

Pugmill Award exhibition, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide

 

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia,
Alice Springs Crafts Center,
Art Gallery of South Australia,
Manly Art Gallery & Museum,
Campbelltown City Art Gallery,
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery,
University of South Australia,
University of Adelaide,
Westpac,
McQuarrie Bank Sydney,
Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan,
LaTrobe University / Shepparton Art Gallery,
Artbank,
numerous private collections in Australia, Japan & USA

 

 

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