Geoffrey Bartlett Sculptures

Biography

Geoffrey Bartlett was born in Melbourne in 1952. He studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1971-73 and undertook a post-graduate diploma in 1976. In 1983 Bartlett was awarded a Harkness fellowship and completed a two-year Master of Fine Arts (Hons) at Columbia University, New York. Bartlett has lectured in sculpture at Deakin University, RMIT, Chisholm Institute and the Victorian College of the Arts. From 1990 to 1994 he was Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at Monash University.

In 2007 the National Gallery of Victoria presented a major exhibition of his sculpture from 1987 to 2007.

In 2015 McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery presented a major retrospective, titled 280205, spanning his forty years of work. A published book accompanied the exhibition.

Bartlett has held over thirty solo exhibitions including Geoffrey Bartlett, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 2004; Geoffrey Bartlett: Sculpture 1977-94, at Waverly City Art Gallery and touring Victorian regional galleries in 1994-95; and Geoffrey Bartlett: Silver Cloud, at Deakin University, Melbourne and University of Technology, Sydney in 2001.

His work has been selected for survey exhibitions including the Mildura Sculpture Triennial, the Australian Sculpture Triennial, (was one of only two sculptors to be selected in all three prizes), the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, the McClelland Sculpture Survey, and the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia.

Bartlett has undertaken public sculpture commissions for the National Gallery of Victoria, the City of Auckland, the City of Melbourne, the City of Newcastle, the Australian National University and Melbourne Docklands. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Parliament House Art Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art and in many regional, university, corporate and private collections. Bartlett was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Sculpture Award in 1982 and the Australia Council studio in Tuscany in 1984.

Geoffrey Bartlett lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Studies

1973

Diploma of Fine Art (Sculpture) RMIT, Melbourne

1976

Post-graduate Diploma (Sculpture) RMIT, Melbourne

1985

Master of Fine Arts (Hons) Columbia University, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015

Geoffrey Bartlett: 280205, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne

2012

New Works, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

2009

New works, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

2007

Geoffrey Bartlett, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
New works, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

2004

Volume and Sensuality, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
Endangered Species, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
New works, John Buckley Fine Art, Melbourne

2002

Geoffrey Bartlett: The Shell, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2001

Geoffrey Bartlett: Silver Cloud, Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne and University of Technology, Sydney

1998,95

Australian Galleries, Sydney

1994

Geoffrey Bartlett: Sculpture 1977-1994, Waverley City Art Gallery, Melbourne and touring to Regional Galleries in 1994-95

1993,92

Macquarie Galleries, Sydney

1993,90

Australian Galleries, Melbourne

1987,86,81

Pinacotheca, Melbourne

1986,85,83

Macquarie Galleries, Sydney

1976

Ewing Gallery, University of Melbourne

Joint Exhibitions with Augustine Dall'Ava and Anthony Pryor

1979

The Second and Last 108 Gertrude Street Sculpture Show, Melbourne 1987
Recent Sculpture, Anima Gallery, Adelaide

1978

Recent Sculpture, Watters Gallery, Sydney
Three Melbourne Sculptors, Solander Gallery, Canberra
Made in Fitzroy: Exhibition 3: Three Australian Sculptors, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston and touring Tasmanian regional galleries

1977

Sculpture Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

1976

108 Gertrude Street Studio Show, Melbourne
Realities Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

Geoffrey Bartlett, Rhonda Baum: Confluence, fourtyfivedownstairs, Melbourne

2012

Bartlett, Byrt, Dall’Ava, Godwin Bradbeer, Langford 120, Melbourne

2010

Geoffrey Bartlett: Lumen, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne

2009

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University

2008

Freedom of Angels, Geelong Gallery

2007

McClelland Sculpture Survey, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park

2006

Palmer Sculpture Biennial 06, South Australia (invited artist)
Snapshot, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

2005

National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia Canberra, and touring to Macquarie Bank offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Dell Gallery, Queensland College of the Arts, Brisbane

2004

Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai

2003

Sculpture at RMIT during the Jomantas years 1961-87, RMIT Gallery
National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia
The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee
McClelland Sculpture Survey, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park

2002

Many happy returns: Celebrating Heide's 21st birthday, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Yarra arraY Sculpture Festival, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee
Sculpture Survey Invited Artists, Gomboc Gallery, Perth
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney
Woollarah Small Sculpture Award, Sydney

2001

National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia
Who What Where: recent sculpture commissions at the ANU, Canberra School of Art Gallery
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney

1999

Volume and Form, Singapore
Geoffrey Bartlett and Graham Fransella, Volvo Gallery, Sydney

1996

Sculpture Walk, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

1995

Continuum and Contrast, McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

1993

Just Sculpture, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Designex 1993, Melbourne

1990

Fourth Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria

1988

Episode 1, Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne
Collaborative Designs: Working Together with Architecture, Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne
World Expo '88 Collection, Southbank, Brisbane

1987

Third Australian Sculpture Triennial, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Contemporary Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane & Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

1986

Melbourne Printmakers, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of NSW, Sydney and touring to Victorian Regional Galleries
Sculpture for Melbourne, Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne
Mixed Sculpture, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre

1984

Masters Graduate Exhibition, Columbia University, New York

1982

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Eighth Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura

1981

First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Latrobe University, Melbourne
Ian Potter Foundation Sculpture Award, National Gallery of Victoria

1980

Some Contemporary Australian Sculpture, Newcastle Region Art Gallery

1979

Caulfield Invitation Sculpture Exhibition, Caulfield Art Centre, Melbourne
Staff Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

1978

Seventh Sculpture Triennial, Mildura

Awards/Grants

2003

Wyndham City Council Award

1994

Australian Postgraduate Scholarship (PhD Program)

1985

Masters Student Award, Columbia University, New York

1983

Australia Council Studio, Italy
Harkness Fellowship

1982

Ian Potter Foundation Sculpture Award

1975

Australia Council, Visual Arts Board, Project Grant

Major Commissions

2015

Dame Joan and Luciano, The Arts Centre, Melbourne

2010

Private commission, George Street, East Melbourne

2008

Orion, Lucient Building, 430 St Kilda Road

2005

Aurora, Victoria Point, Melbourne Docklands

2000

Fusion, Australian National University, Canberra
Six sculptures, Citibank, Sydney

1998

Beacon, City of Newcastle
Dancer 2, Colonial First State, Sydney

1997

Obelisk, City of Melbourne, Focal Building
Landscape at Moyston, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Melbourne

1996

Constellation, City of Melbourne (with Bruce Armstrong)

1988

Mariner, Chase Corporation, Auckland, New Zealand
Six maquettes for riverside sculptures, World Expo 88, Brisbane

1983

Messenger, National Gallery of Victoria

Selected Public Collections

National Gallery of Australia
The Arts Centre, Melbou
rne
National Gallery of Victoria
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
New Parliament House
Melbourne University
Geelong Art Gallery
RMIT University, Melbourne
Heide Museum of Modern Art
Deakin University, Melbourne
McClelland Gallery+Sculpture Park
Macquarie University, Sydney
Visual Arts Board, Australia Council
Australian National University, Canberra
+ corporate and private collections nationally and internationally

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