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Gary Diermendjian
born 1967, Armenia (formerly USSR) - migrated to Sydney in 1979

resides in Sydney with partner Nyree and their son, Jasper

education

2006 Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, The National Art School, Sydney, aiming for completion in November 2006

1990 Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical), Honours, University of NSW

selected solo shows

2004 Sandstone – soul of the city, CP Photogalleries, Sydney

2003 Recent Sculpture, Maunsell Wicks Gallery, Sydney

selected group shows

2006 The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Melbourne Vic

2005 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi to Tamarama coastline, Bondi NSW

2005 10th East Coast Sculpture Show, Thursday Plantation, Ballina NSW

2005 The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Melbourne Vic

2005 Paradise, Purgatory & Hellhole, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo NSW

2004 UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award & Exhibition, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur Campus, Macarthur NSW

2004 National Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints, Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne Vic

2004 Miniature Sculpture Show - 6x6x6 inches, Defiance Gallery, Newtown NSW, also in 2003, 2002

2003 8th East Coast Sculpture Show, Thursday Plantation, Ballina NSW

2002 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi to Tamarama coastline, Bondi NSW

2002 Woollahra National Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council Chambers, Woollahra NSW

selected awards/commissions/collections

2006 Winner – Highly Commended Prize, “fallen temple”, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award 2006

2005 Major Public Art commission, monumental outdoor sculpture “LIFE”, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and TransGrid, given final approval by City of Sydney, Ultimo Pedestrian Network, Sydney, installation due early 2007

2005 Permanent Collection, monumental sculpture - “chasm”, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur Campus

2003 Winner - Main Acquisitive Award, sculpture - “divine proportion”, East Coast Sculpture Show, Thursday Plantation, Ballina, NSW

2003 Permanent Collection, monumental outdoor sculpture - “us”, Macquarie University, Sydney

2002 Winner - People’s Choice Award, “she”, Woollahra National Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

2002 Permanent collection, ”Sydney Sandstone” – entire photographic collection, City of Sydney

publications

In addition to appearing in exhibition catalogues the work has featured as follows:

2006 Robert Nelson – review, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award 2006, The Age, April 26

2004 Robert McFarlane – review, “sandstone – soul of the city” exhibition, Sydney Morning Herald, September 21

2004 Merran Morrison – article, Artreach, Regional Arts NSW, winter issue

2004 Caroline Bellinger – interview, The Daily Telegraph, March 9


2002 author and photographer of the book “Sydney Sandstone”, Craftsman House, 2002

large format photographic book providing an intimate portrait of the city’s own building medium - features essay contributions by Dr Tim Flannery (Director, South Australia Museum), Dr Shirley Fitzgerald (City Historian, City of Sydney), Assoc. Prof. Philip Cox, AO (architect, UNSW) and Dr James Broadbent (Senior Curator, Historic Houses Trust)

outside of art practice

1999 – 2002 author and photographer, “Sydney Sandstone”, Craftsman House, 2002

1996 – 2000 lecturer, Industrial Design, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur Campus - largely responsible for establishing the Honours program

1992 – 2001 private practice - consultancy active in R&D, product design, innovation and commercialisation

1990 – 1992 research engineer – Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Melbourne

 

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