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 - '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
1953Born in Port Pirie, South Australia 
1977Diploma in Design (Ceramics), SA School of Art, University of South Australia
1992-3MA 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

2006Artist in Residence, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
 

Presently living and working in Adelaide, South Australia

  
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
2014Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2013Breenspace, Sydney
2012Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2011Earthly Garden, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney
Art Vault, Mildura
2010A little bit of everything, Greenaway Art Gallery, SA
A little bit of everything, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
2009Gallerie Johan S., Helsinki
All Creatures: works from
Natural history collection, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2008Natural Histories, Helen Stephens Gallery, Sydney
Turner Galleries, Perth
2007

Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2006

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

2004Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003Bett Gallery, Hobart
2002Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2001

About being here, Sherman Galleries, Hargrave, Sydney

1999National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (Asialink)
1997Newberry Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, UK
1996Calculations, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
In remembrance of things.
..., Jam Factory 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
2014Florabotanica, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery
The Microscope Project, Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide
2013Heartlands, Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia
2012On Collaborations, Breenspace, Sydney
2011Imagining interiors, Jam Factory, Adelaide
A Verdant Heart, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery     
2010Heartlines, 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, 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
2015SALA SAHMRI Artist in residence
2014

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

2013Alcorso Foundation Vitrify Ceramic Award 2013 Winner
2011Arts SA Fellowship
2010Member of the Order (AM)
2009SALA Monograph, About being here, Writer Cath Kenneally
2008La Trobe University Merit Award, Sidney Myer Ceramics Award
Australian Higher Degree by Research Scholarship University of South Australia, PhD
2007South Australian Ceramic Award
2004Visual Arts Board, Australia Council, New Work
2002Arts SA project grant
2001Visual 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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