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David van Nunen

1952 Born in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia
1970-74 Studied National Art School, Awarded Diploma of Painting
1980-81 Artist-in-residence fellowship, University of Sydney, Power Studio,
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris,
1982 Awarded Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize
1988 Awarded MA, University of NSW College of Fine Arts
1990 Artist-in-residence, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory
Subsequent painting trip to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks,
Northern Territory
1991 Artist-in-residence, Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Bohemians in the Bush exhibition, June-August
Subject of ABC documentary, Bohemians in the Bush
Tapestry, Obirri Rock, Kakadu, (4.5 m x 4.5 m) commissioned by the Federal Airports Corporation for Darwin International Airport
1997 Travel to Hong Kong and outer islands for a series of commissioned works
Travel to Washington D.C. for exhibition at Australian Embassy and lecture at
Georgetown University, Department of Fine Arts and Centre for Australian and
New Zealand Studies
Travel to Mexico for exhibition at Australian Embassy and lecture at National
University, Mexico City
Travel to New York and Connecticut in connection with exhibition at Hurlbutt
Gallery
1998 Painting expedition to Valle de Bravo, Mexico in connection with exhibition
2001 Travel to France in connection with exhibition at Australian Embassy, Paris
2002 Painting trip to Paris and the Pays Basque in connection with exhibition in Paris
at the Espace Culturel, Fédération Continentale
Artist-in-residence, Arthur Boyd Studio, Riversdale, NSW
2006 Sydney Harbour Week Art Award, NSW Maritime Authority

Academic Qualifications

 Diploma of Painting, National Art School
 Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Newcastle
 Master of Fine Arts degree, University of NSW College of Fine Arts


Solo Exhibitions

2005 Rushcutters Bay Gallery
2004 V9 Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2002 Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney
Artist-in-residence, Arthur Boyd studio, Bundanon Trust, Riversdale
2001 Australian Embassy, Paris, France
Espace Culturel, Fédération Continentale, Paris, France
2000 Artist’s Studio, Sydney, Visions and Vistas exhibition
1999 Unodosiete Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
1998 Waldorf Astoria, New York
1997 Hurlbutt Gallery, Connecticut, USA
Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA
Australian Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico
1995 Christopher Day Gallery, Sydney
1991 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bohemians in the Bush
ABC documentary film, Bohemians in the Bush,
which featured my plein air landscape paintings
1990 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Solander Gallery, Canberra
1988 Ivan Dougherty Gallery,
University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle
1987 Muswellbrook Regional Gallery
Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle
Breewood Gallery, Katoomba
1985 Quentin Gallery, Perth
1978 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1979 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1981 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1982 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1983 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1985 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1986 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1976 The Colour of Twelve, Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle
Balmain Gallery, Sydney
1974 NASUN Gallery, Newcastle, The Painted Case

Selected Group Exhibitions

2005 SH Irvin Gallery, National Trust, Australian Icons
Tamworth Regional Gallery
Mark Widdup Gallery, Newcastle, Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition
2004 Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle, Old Town, New City: 1807-2004
Mosman Regional Gallery, Australian Institute of Watercolourists exhibition
Marlene Antico Fine Arts, Sydney, Sight Specific: Plein Air Paintings from the
Artists’ Camp at Camp Cove, curated by Linda van Nunen

2003 SH Irvin Gallery, National Trust, Ned Kelly Framed
Delmar Gallery, Sydney
2002 Australian High Commision, London
London Art Fair, 2002, Great Britain
Battersea Art Fair, Great Britain Delmar Gallery, Sydney
2001 Harmonic Visions, Tamworth City Gallery
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2000 Artists in the Field, A Retrospective, Museums and Art Galleries of the
NorthernTerritory, Darwin
1999 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and State Library of NSW, Sydney
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, touring exhibition
1997 Veuve Clicquot Art Exhibition
1996 Sherman Galleries, Sydney, New Australian Flag for a Republic,
exhibition toured to 13 State and regional galleries
Archibald Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, touring exhibition
Wagner Gallery, Sydney, Collector’s Choice
1995 Christopher Day Gallery, Sydney
Nobbys Collection, Newcastle Regional Gallery
Qantas Collection, 75th Birthday Exhibition, Art Gallery of
NSW, curated by Director, Edmund Capon
New England Regional Art Museum, Ironsides exhibition
Alliance Française, Sydney, The French Embrace
Starlight Foundation, Rosella Centenary, Sydney
1994 On Paper drawing exhibition, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Solander Gallery, Canberra
1994 Obsession, The Chandler Coventry Collection, Campbelltown
Regional Art Gallery and touring to regional galleries in NSW
Christopher Day Gallery, Sydney
Lord Mayor’s Bush Fire Relief Fund Exhibition, Michael
Nagy Fine Art, Sydney
Art for AIDS, The Barracks Museum, Sydney
1993 Archibald Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
Passport to a Landscape, Valerie Cohen Fine Art, Sydney
On the Other Hand, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Walking the Street, Newtown Festival, Sydney
1992 Archibald Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1991 Museums & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle
1990 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle
1989 Australian Impressions, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1988 Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide
Bicentenary Exhibition, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
Editions South Bank Gallery, Melbourne
1987 Crescent Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA, Survey Exhibition of
Australian Contemporary Art
Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
Sirius Cove, Mosman Gallery, Sydney
Invitation Landscape Exhibition, Galaxy Gallery, Sydney
1987 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1986 Big Abstract Drawings, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
The Garden, Temeraire, Narellan
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1984 Still Life, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1983 Sydney Opera House 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
Gallery Artists, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1982 Sydney Harbour Bridge, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1981 Winner, Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize Exhibition
Works on Paper, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Artists for Aboriginal Land Rights Exhibition, Sydney
Second Sydney Annual, David Reid Gallery, Sydney
Spring Watercolour Show, David Reid Gallery, Sydney
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1980 Tribute to Howard Hinton, Coventry Gallery, Sydney
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1979 Six Sydney Artists, Bonython Gallery, Adelaide
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Acquisitions 1979, Newcastle Regional Gallery
Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Von Bertouch Gallery, Newcastle
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1978 Two group shows, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW
1977 Contemporary Art Society Exhibition, Paddington Town Hall
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1976 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle
1970 NSW Touring Exhibition of selected major works from
Higher School Certificate

Awards and Commissions

2006 Sydney Harbour Week Art Award
2002 Artist-in-residence, Arthur Boyd Studio, Riversdale
2000 Portrait commission of Min Keating, mother of former Prime Minister Paul Keating
1992 Tapestry, Obirri Rock, Kakadu, (4.5 m x 4.5 m) commissioned by
the Federal Airports Corporation for Darwin International Airport
1991 Artist-in-residence, Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Bohemians in the Bush exhibition, June-August
1990 Artist-in-residence, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory
1989 Two commissions for Nobby’s Collection
1984 Camden Acquisitive Art Prize
Picton Acquisitive Art Prize
1980-81 Awarded Power Fellowship, University of Sydney, Artist-in-residence,
Power Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
1981 Sydney Morning Herald Art Prize
1974 Art Forum Prize
1971 Von Bertouch Gallery Prize
Selected Guest Lectures

2005 Guest lecturer for postgraduate students, University of Newcastle
1997 Guest lecturer, Georgetown University, Department of Fine
Arts and Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Washington DC, USA
Guest lecturer, Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA
Guest lecturer, National University, Mexico City, Mexico
1991 Guest lecturer, Art Gallery of NSW, Bohemians in the Bush exhibition
Chairman of Forum and speaker at the Symposium on art practice, materials
and conservation held by the Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material
at the Art Gallery of NSW
1990 Guest lecturer for postgraduate students, University of Newcastle
1989 Guest lecturer, Art Gallery of NSW, Picasso exhibition
1988 Guest lecturer, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Practice and Conservation,
International Conference of Sydney Conservators in conjunction with Art to Last exhibition


Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria; New England Regional Art Gallery; Grafton Regional Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Tweed River Art Gallery; Federal Airports Corporation, Darwin International Airport; Parliament House, Canberra; Parliament House, Sydney; Family Law Courts, Canberra; Dresdner Kleinwort Denson; ING Bank; Regent International Hotel, Sydney; Mercantile Mutual; McDonald’s Corporate Collection, Australia; H.I.H. Winterthur, London & Brisbane; QBE Insurance; Sydney Morning Herald, John Fairfax Ltd.; Qantas Collection; Nobby’s Collection; Artbank; Camden Municipal Collection; University of Newcastle; University of Western Sydney; IBM, Queensland; IBM, New South Wales; NRMA Ltd.; Allen, Allen & Hemsley; Price Waterhouse; Goodhope Realty; Mallesons Stephen Jaques; Kelso & Casula Solicitors; Private collections in Australia, USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Netherlands


Selected Bibliography

Art and Airports, Federal Airports Corporation, 1996; Craft Arts International, No. 37, 1996; Qantas News, 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW, Dec/Jan 1996;’The Australian Way’, Qantas Inflight Magazine, The Qantas Collection, August 1995;Craft Arts International, No. 30, 1994; Interiors Magazine, April/May, 1993;Contemporary Australian Paintings, Works from the Allen Allen & Hemsley Collection, 1993; Images in Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1992; Historic Houses Trust of NSW Workbooks, 1992; The Best of the Regent of Sydney, Focus Books, 1991; Bohemians in the Bush: The Artists’ Camps of Mosman, Art Gallery of NSW, Beagle Press, 1991; Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Capturing Aura of Streeton and Roberts,’ Geraldine O’Brien, 7 June 1991; The Australian, ‘Bohemians Pitch in to Recreate Artists’ Camp,’ 6 June 1991; North Shore Times, Feature article, 8 June 1991; Manly Daily, Feature article, 8 June 1991; Australian Business, 17 January 1990; The Bulletin, December 1990; About Art, Science Press, 1989. Art book used in secondary schools by Department of Education, New South Wales; New Art I, Craftsman’s House, 1987; Australian Business, October 7 1987; Transforming Art, Vol 2, No. 3, 1987; Studio Collections, Profile, Judith Matheson, Dec 1986; Arts National, Cover Story, Robert Holden, No. 2, Nov/Dec 1985; Artists & Galleries of Australia, Max Germaine, 1979, colour illustration, 1984; The University of Sydney News, June 1983; Follow Me Magazine, Profile, Sandra McGrath, Nov 1982; Art International, ‘Ten Australian artists’, Elwyn Lynn, 1982; Australian Art News, May, 1981; Sydney City Monthly, June 1981; The University of Sydney News, Vol 13/13, 1981; Art Network, July 1981; Art and Australia, Vol 19, No. 2, 1981; Artemis, Vol 9, No. 2, 1979; Art and Australia, Vol 17, No. 2, 1979; Exhibition reviews in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and various other newspapers

 

 

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