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
1992-3 MA Visual Arts, SA School of Art, University of South Australia
1997
MFA Program, Glasgow School of Art, UK
2005 Artist in Residence, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney
2006 Artist in Residence, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
2012 PhD University of South Australia
Presently 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
2014 Florabotanica, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery
The Microscope Project, Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide
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
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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