Dr Michael Vale

Dr Michael Vale

Dr Michael Vale


Department of Fine Art

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Graduate research supervisor

Michael Vale has been exhibiting professionally since 1986.

Recent solo exhibitions have included Time Traveller (Despard Gallery, Hobart 2019), The Transit of Mercury (Anna Pappas Gallery 2016), The Umbelliferous Portraits (with Nicholas Ives, Rubicon Artspace 2015), The Conquest of Space (Five Walls Projects 2013), Lamplike (Trocadero Artspace 2012), Untitled (green) (Screenspace 2011), The Innocents (with Donna McRae, Westspace 2011).

Recent group exhibitions have included Word of Mouth (cur. Peter Hill, Venice pop up show, 2019), The Archibald Prize 2019 (AGNSW), Parallel Universe (cur. Felicity Spear, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, 2019), The Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms (cur, Phil Edwards, C3, 2019), Beyond Reason (cur. Kevin Wilson, QUT, Queensland, 2018), Gothic Beauty (cur. Jessica Bridgfoot, Bendigo Art Gallery, 2018), Art Athina (Athens, Greece, 2018), Dark (Other) Times (cur. Paul Zika / Maria Kundis, Dark Mofo / Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, 2018), Romancing the Skull (cur. Julie McLaren / Gordon Morrison, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2017), Slippery Stories (cur. MV and Tom Dunn, Durden & Ray, Los Angeles / Strange Neighbour 2016), Dada Here & Now (cur. Hanna Regev & Matt McKinley, San Francisco Arts Festival 2016), Authenticity? (cur. Richard Ennis, Incinerator Gallery 2016), The Museum of Doubt (cur. Peter Hill, Despard Gallery Hobart 2016), A Window that Isn't There (cur. MV, Strange Neighbour 2014), Whistling in the Dark (cur. MV, Trocadero Artspace 2014), As If (cur. Pater Hill, Kings Ari 2014), The Archibald Prize (AGNSW 2012), Museums in the Incident (cur. Steven Rendall, Monash Faculty Gallery 2012), Beautiful Volcanoes (cur. MV, Monash Faculty Gallery 2011).

Michael has recently won the Bayside Painting Prize (2017) and the Hutchins Prize (2018) and his short film and video works have been screened around Australia and in Italy, Spain, the USA and Canada. The Long Walk (2006) was awarded 'best film on art' at the 2006 Asolo Artfilm Festival (Italy). Since 2003 he has been working with the film maker Donna McRae and was production designer on her 2011 feature film Johnny Ghost, co-writer & director on a feature-length documentary Cobby: the other side of cute and co-writer & production designer on Lost Gully Road.

Michael was the founding director of Linden Contemporary Art Centre, St Kilda (1985-7) and has worked as a curator, scriptwriter, mural and scenery painter, set designer, interior designer, illustrator and paint manufacturer. In 1999 he re-designed and refurbished the Ghost Train at Luna Park (with Bob Clutterbuck).

PhD (Monash University, 2006), MFA (RMIT, 2000)

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