IAN NORTH

IAN NORTH

b. 1945 Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Lives and works in Adelaide

Ian North is an artist who is also a widely published writer on the visual arts. He employs photography and painting to address considerations of place, identity and post-conceptual authenticity, in recent years crossing the Pacific by container ship and undertaking a sea voyage to East Antarctica to photograph the maritime environment. Has produced many bodies of work, including the portfolio Felicia: South Australia 1973–78; Canberra Suite 1980­-81 (pioneering medium format colour film as an art medium); three Pseudo Panorama series, 1985–1988 (combining painting and colour photography); Home & Away, 1992; Haven, 2001/2013; East Antarctia 1915, 2015; Southern Ocean off Snares Islands 2015.

He has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide (sixteen solo exhibitions), and in group exhibitions in London, Asia and the United States. His work is represented in fifteen Australian public collections. His publications include books on the Australian modernists Dorrit Black and Margaret Preston in the 1970s and a range of essays on the impact of the Indigenous art revolution (including ‘Expanse’, 1998, ‘StarAboriginality’, 2001, and ‘The Kindness of Kathleen Petyarre’ 2001). He has also addressed the intellectual relationship between art and neuro-aesthetics (‘Notes Towards a Natural Way to do Art History’, in North [ed.], Visual Animals, 2007).

North was Director of the Manawatu Art Gallery, Aotearoa/New Zealand 1969-71, immigrating to Australia to become Curator of Paintings at the Art Gallery of South Australia 1971-80 and Foundation Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia 1980-84. He subsequently served on the National Gallery's Council, working with curators on the NGA’s acquisition policy, and also on the boards of the Biennale of Sydney and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. His qualifications include MA and MFA degrees in photography from the University of New Mexico. He held a personal chair at the University of South Australia where he was Head of the South Australian School of Art (1984-1993). He is currently Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Adelaide where he is a member of the J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Arts.

In 2014 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) and a Doctor of Arts honoris causa from the University of Adelaide.

 

 

FLEURIEU SERIES
2017
IAN NORTH - 'Harbinger', 2015, digital type C print, 72 x 180cm
HARBINGER
2015
IAN NORTH - 'East Antarctica 1915 no. 3', 2015, charcoal on inkjet pigment print, unique edition, c. 55 x 148cm
EAST ANTARCTICA
2015
IAN NORTH - Southern Ocean off Snares Islands no. 10, 2012, 12 Type C photographs each 38 x 50 cm, overall dimensions variable, Edition of 2
SOUTHERN OCEAN OFF SNARE ISLAND
2012
ADELAIDE SUITE
2010
IAN NORTH- The Wave, 2004, oil on linen, 73 x 170cm
SAIL AWAY
2009
HAVEN
2001
IAN NORTH - 'Canberra Suite No2', 1980, Type C print, c. 37 x 46 cm
CANBERRA SUITE
1980-1981
IAN NORTH - Felicia 22, 1973-78, A portfolio of 38 gelatin silver prints, selenium–toned, on fibre–based paper, 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in)
FELICIA
1973-78
PAINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY
1985 -
Buttonfor1971
1971

BIOGRAPHY

1945

Born Aotearoa / New Zealand

 

1971

Arrived in Australia

Currently

Adjunct Professor, University of Adelaide

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Fleurieu Series, Art Gallery Of South Australia, Adelaide

2015

East Antarctica 1915, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

2013

Haven 2001, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Felicia, South Australia 1973 - 78, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2010

Adelaide Suite, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Ian North Photographs 1974 - 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia

2009

Sail Away, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2006

Symptoms, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2005

Canberra Suite & Canberra Coda (1980-81), Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2004

Sail Away, Apartment, Melbourne

1998

Vault (with Helen Fuller), Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

1997

Correlations, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

1992

Home & Away, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

1990

Manifest Destiny, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

1988

Pseudo Panoramas, Cazneaux series, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

1987

Seasons, Pseudo Panoramas, Australia, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

1986

Seasons, Pseudo Panoramas, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Anything at all, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery
Great Southern Land, Adelaide Airport
Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self in Photography, Art Gallery of South Australia
2016 Fleurieu Art Prize, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum, UniSA, Adelaide

2015

CACSA Contemporary 2015, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide
Urban Suburban, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra

2014

The Extreme Climate of Nicholas Folland, Art Gallery of South Australia
The Road. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Panorama. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth

2013

Heartland, Art Gallery of South Australia

2012

CACSA @ 70: Member's Exhibitions 1 & 2, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide
Daya / Kindness, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

2011

Photography & Place: approaches to Auatralian Landscape Photography 1970s until now, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2010

The New New. CACSA Contemporary 2010, SASA Gallery, Adelaide
Painthing, Australian Experimental Art Foundation

2009

Dystopia: portraits of the urban landscape, Adelaide Central Gallery

2007

True Portraits, Adelaide Central Gallery

2006

Fleurieu Penninsula Biennale, Finalists' exhibition
The Ability to Lie, Horsham Regional Art Gallery

2005

Archibald Prize, Finalists' exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2004

Good Looking, National Gallery of Victoria

2002

Arid Arcadia, Art Gallery of South Australia

2001

Seeing Through Landscape, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2000

Chemistry, Art Gallery of South Australia

1998

The Painted Coast, Art Gallery of South Australia

1997

Painted Realities: hand-coloured photographs from 1839 to the present, University of Wyoming & US tour

1996

Colonial/Postcolonial, Museum of Modern Art, Heide

1992

Location, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, and Asia tour
Southern Crossings / Empty Land, Camerawork Gallery, London and tour

1991

Fertile Ground, Artworks Gallery, Griffith University

1988

Stories of Australian Art, Commonwealth Institute, London
South Australia Rephotographed, Collage Gallery, Adelaide

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2005

The World is All that is Not the Case, Department of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

2000

The Intelligence of Blood. Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide

1996

The Olive Plantation. Art Gallery of South Australia

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bolton, Ken, ‘“Maintain the Buzz”¬– Lenin’. FORMGUIDE, Australian Experimental Art Foundation
Bullock, Natasha, ‘Time–Memory–Place’, in Judy Annear (ed.), Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, Sydney: Art Gallery of NSW, 2007
pp. 290, 300
De-Almeida, Pedro, Ian North: Felicia: South Australia 1973-1978. Sydney: Australian Centre for Photography, 2013 (includes Pedro de Almeida, ‘ “Just allowing it to be” ’, a conversation with Ian North’, pp. 7–18).
Galstyan, Vigan, ‘Ian North’, in Judy Annear. Photography & Place: approaches to Australian Landscape Photography 1970s until Now. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2011, n.p. 
Geczy, Adam, ‘Ian North and the Anti-Picturesque’, Eyeline#71 (2011), pp. 36–40
Geczy, Adam, ‘Sail Away: Ian North’, Artlink vol 29 #3, 2009, p. 92 
Marsh, Anne, Look: Contemporary Australian Photography since 1980. Melbourne: MacMillan, 2010, pp. 202-203, 267, 337 
Palmer, Daniel, ‘Ian North: Canberra Suite (with Coda)’ in Ian North: Canberra Suite and Coda, 1980–81 (Adelaide: Greenaway Art Gallery, 2005)
Thomas, Sarah. Chemistry: Art in South Australia 1990-2000: The Faulding Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2000
Zagala, Maria. ‘Truth in restraint: the art of Ian North’, Art & Australia, Vol. 50 no.1 (Spring, 2012). pp. 138-145. 

 

COLLECTIONS

Adelaide Festival Centre; Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Flinders University of South Australia Art Museum; Griffith University, Brisbane; Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria; Parliament House, Canberra; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston; Riddoch Gallery, Mount Gambier

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