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Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts studied painting and graphic design at the Melbourne College of Graphic Arts as part of a seven year printing apprenticeship at The Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne. On completion of his course he travelled to London where he worked as an illustrator, art director, painter and film maker. From England Brian moved to the USA where he continued his career in television, film making and painting.
On returning to Australia he continued for a time as a film producer/director in the advertising industry until he opened Impressions Gallery, and later Signed Editions Gallery in Melbourne. In 1996 he was a demonstrator at Avondale College, Cooranbong and took part in the Artist-in-Residence Program at Maitland City Art Gallery. From 1997 to 1999 he conducted painting workshops at Maitland City Art Gallery and Willandra Art Centre in Sydney.

1969 Scott Galleries, New York
1991 Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
1992 Manning Regional Gallery, Taree
Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
1993 Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
1994 Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
Mary Reibey Gallery, Sydney
1995 Power and Pleasure, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
Kenthurst Galleries, Kenthurst
Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
1996 Newcastle Club, Newcastle
1997 The Spirit of Newcastle, von Bertouch Galleries
1998 The Private Gallery, Sydney
1999 Symbols of the Harbour, von Bertouch Galleries
British Aerospace Newcastle - foyer display for opening of research facility
2000 Symbols of the Harbour and Forests, Breewood Galleries, Leura
2001 Coastal Icons, von Bertouch Galleries Newcastle
Coastal Icons, MIRA Fine Art Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Icons Coast and Harbour, Gallery 460, Gosford
Icons Coast and Forest, Breewood Galleries, Leura
2003 Iconic Encounters, The Hunter Street Gallery, Parramatta
2004 Undercurrents, curated by Gavin Wilson, Maitland Regional Gallery, (in conjunction with Shirley Cameron-Roberts and Therese Kenyon)
2005 Encounters, Gallery 460, Gosford
Flinders Dreaming, Breewood Galleries, Richmond
Flinders Diary: Passages, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle
2006 Navigating North, Gallery 460, Gosford
2007 Mathew Flinders, Rushcutter’s Bay Gallery, Sydney


1958 Group exhibition organized by Young and Rubicam London, Paris, New York
1961 Studio/gallery Brooklyn Heights, New York until 1964
1964 Painted and taught in Chicago, USA until1966
1987 Victoria and Albert, Mount Wilson
1989 Artarmon and Mosman Galleries, Sydney
1990 Artarmon and Mosman Galleries, Sydney; Eaglehawke Galleries, Sydney
1991 Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
1992 Duke of Wellington Gallery, Sydney
1993 Selections, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1993 Also 1995,96,97,98,99 Maitland City Festival of Visual Art
1994 Survey of Men Artists of the Hunter Region, Maitland City Art Gallery
1995 Two Artists from the Hunter, Butterflies Gallery, Pokolbin; Newcastle Environmental Art Award, von Bertouch Galleries; Solander Gallery, Canberra;
The Nobbys Collection, Newcastle Region Art Gallery
1996 Artistic Relationships Number 2, Maitland City Art Gallery;
1997 Kenthurst Gallery, Kenthurst
1998 The third Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney;
Rites of the River Festival and Art Trail, Maitland Central Business District
1999 Thoughts on the End of the Second Millennium, Maitland City Art Gallery
2000 Fragments from the Forest to the Sea, North Sydney Fine Art Gallery, Sydney;
Brave New World? A Statement, Maitland City Art Gallery;
Newcastle-Ube 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Ube, Japan then Newcastle Art Space
2001 The Centenary of Federation, Maitland City Art Gallery
Formative Years, Butterflies Gallery, Pokolbin
2002 Bridging the Divide, Maitland City Art Gallery
2003 Heritage Newcastle Landscapes Urban and Rural, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
Selections from the von Bertouch Collection, von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
Hidden Treasures, Grand opening of the new Maitland Regional Gallery, Maitland
2005 10th Sydney Art on Paper Fair with John Miller Galleries, Byron Kennedy Hall, Sydney
Samaritans Collectors Care, TAFE Gallery, Newcastle
2006 Forsythes Collectors Care, Newcastle Art School, TAFE Gallery, Newcastle;
Great Ages of Man, Christ Church cathedral, Newcastle; Unlocked II, John Paynter
Gallery, Newcastle; Fool’s Cap, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle
2007 Forsythes Collectors Care, Front Room Gallery Newcastle Art School, TAFE

• Artbank
• Newcastle Region Art Gallery
• Reserve Bank of Australia, London
• Maitland City Art Gallery
• Microsoft Corporation
• PMI Mortgage Insurance, AMP Building, Sydney
• Resmed Ltd, Sydney
• Liverpool City Council
• Newcastle Port Corporation
• Ellemby Resources Pty Ltd, Maitland
• Donaldson Coal Pty Ltd, Sydney
• Glencore Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney
• CHUBU Electric Power Co Ltd, Japan
• The Nobbys Collection, Newcastle
• The Newcastle Club, Newcastle
• Holiday Inn, Newcastle
• Coalbridge Pty Ltd, Newcastle
• Peach Advertising Pty Ltd, Newcastle
• Structural Steel, Newcastle
• Private collections in the USA, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia


1994 The Newcastle Club; Carrington Coal Pty Ltd and Coalbridge Pty Ltd, Newcastle, various
1997 Structural Steel, Newcastle
1998 Newcastle Port Corporation, Newcastle
1999 Resmed Ltd, Sydney
2000 Private commission through Australian Art Link
2001 PMI Mortgage Insurance, AMP Building, Sydney
2003 WAM Projects Pty Ltd
2006 Donaldson Coal, Sydney


1992 First Prize Liverpool, acquisitive
1993 Special Prize, Newcastle, a Newcastle Region Theme
1994 First Prize, Drawing, Newcastle
1996 Second Prize, Rural Section, Royal Easter Show
1999 Second Prize, Painting, Newcastle Show
Second Prize, Marine Section, Royal Show, Sydney
2001 The Maitland Art Prize, acquisitive
2002 First Prize, Rural Section, Royal Show, Sydney
2003 The Maitland Art Prize, acquisitive, dual winner


Kevin Brown and Mark Jurisich, The Nobbys Collection, 1993
Wine label for the Newcastle Club, 1994
Jill Stowell, Review, The Newcastle Herald, August 1995 and August 1997
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Visitors Guide, 1996, front cover, oil painting, ‘Harbour Glow’
Artist Profile, Annandale Printing Gallery Guide, Issue 7, August 1997
Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Visitors Guide, 1997 front cover, oil painting, “Leaving Newcastle Harbour’
Australian Coal Report, 1998 edition, the oil painting ‘Movement Afloat, Newcastle Harbour’ reproduced on the front cover
Newcastle Port Corporation Annual Report, 1998, the oil painting, ‘Harbour and Industry’ reproduced on inside front cover and details reproduced throughout the publication
Jill Stowell, Take in Harbour Views, The Newcastle Herald, Saturday, September 11, 1999
The Maitland Mercury Monday February 12, 2001 p5
Jill Stowell, Grey Power, The Newcastle Herald Weekender, April14, 2001
Bob Birch, Winners and Losers, The Newcastle Herald Weekender, February 15, 2003
Tim Dick, Spotlight, The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday August 4, 2003
Clare Harvey, Time Out, Parramatta Advertiser, July 30, 2003
The Life of Brian, Parramatta Sun, Wednesday July 30, 2003
Catalogue, Undercurrents, Essay Gavin Wilson, Maitland Gallery, 2004
Jill Stowell, Feast for the Eyes, Newcastle Herald Weekender, November 12, 2005
Catalogue, Resmed Collection, 2007


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