GRAHAM LANG

author artist

EXHIBITIONS

 

Graham Lang’s artistic career spans four decades during which he has exhibited extensively in South Africa and Australia. His art is essentially biographical in its attempt to evoke both the external and internal realities of place. Much of his early practice reflects the political and existential anguish prevalent in apartheid South Africa, particularly during the 1980s. Likewise, the broad-ranging work produced during his tenure at the University of Newcastle centres most prominently on themes relating to migration, cultural identity and the umbilical connections linking Australia and Africa to Britain. Since his departure from academe in 2011, his work has tended toward a more intuitive approach, exploring a diverse array of subjects, many derived from his literary interests. His art predominantly involves traditional forms of sculpture and painting but also includes mixed-media drawing, photographic narrative and site-specific installation.

 

"My work has always operated as biographical marker within a surrounding terrain. At its core, it seeks to evoke a functional poetic spirit, whereby seemingly coincidental juxtapositions allude to those pivotal moments of destruction and growth in which memory, intuition and chance randomly collide. "

                                                         Exhibition Statement excerpt for Full Circle, Despard Gallery, 2014

 

SELECTED SOLO/MAJOR EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS:

2016  A Fulcrum of Infinities, Despard Gallery, Hobart

2015  Pop Up Show, Despard Gallery, Hobart

2014   Full Circle, Despard Gallery, Hobart 

2013   Intersections, (with Peter Tilley) ArtSystemsWickham, Newcastle

2008   Figuratively Speaking, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle

2008  Being and Nothingness: Bring on the Sad Clowns, John Miller Galleries,  

             Newcastle

2006   The Figure in Question (with Peter Tilley, Trevor Weekes, Peter Speight),

             Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW

2006    Hindsight: Survey Exhibition (& book launch: Place of Birth),

              John Miller Galleries, Newcastle

2004    Feral Nocturne (& book launch: Clouds like Black Dogs),

              John Miller Galleries, Newcastle

2004     Impact, Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW

2003    Presence in Absentia, The Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, UK

2002    Visceral, John Miller Galleries, Newcastle

2001    Making History, Nick Mitzevich Gallery, Newcastle

2001    Changing Skies, The University Gallery, University of Newcastle

2001   Implements of Persuasion (with Ross Woodrow), Broken Hill City Art Gallery, NSW

2000 The Big Draw, Bretton Hall Sculpture Centre, Leeds University, UK

2000  Changing Skies, The Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, UK

1998   Totems, Gilchrist Galleries, Brisbane

1998    Deadly Gifts (with Ross Woodrow), Faculty of Art & Design Gallery,

               The University of Newcastle

1997    Dislocations: Retrospective Maitland City Art Gallery, Maitland

1997   Graham Lang: Recent Paintings, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

1995    Translations & Transformations (with Gordon Rintoul) John Paynter Gallery,

              Newcastle

1995    Songs of the Soutpiel, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

1993    The Umbilical Spirit, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

1992    Homage to the Rough Muse, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle

1989    Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban

1987    Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban

1987    Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg

1986    Gallery International, Cape Town

1985    MFA Exhibition, Settler's Monument, Grahamstown

1984    Grassroots Gallery, Durban

1983    Grassroots Gallery, Durban

1982    Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban

1981    Gallery 567, Durban

1980    Hermit Gallery, Durban

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

2016   Bruny Island Art Prize (Finalist), Alonnah, Bruny Island

2016   Animalia, Despard Gallery, Hobart 

2015  Summer Show, Despard Gallery, Hobart

2014    Drawing Now, Despard Gallery, Hobart

2013    WattSpace 25th Anniversary, WattSpace Gallery, Newcastle

2008    Down-Under-Ground, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland

2007    The Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle

2007    Lightness, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle

2007    The University Art Collection Evolution, University Gallery,

              University of Newcastle

2006    Verve, School of Fine Art Gallery, University of Newcastle (Touring)

2005    Drawing Centre, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW

2004    Staking Ground, Lake Maquarie City Art Gallery, NSW

2001    Relative Values, School of Fine Art Gallery, University of Newcastle

2000    Wish List, NIck Mitzevich Gallery, Newcastle

2001    A Contemporary Perspective, Muswellbrook Region Art Gallery (Touring)

1997    Renewal, The Faculty of Art & Design Gallery, The University of Newcastle

1996    Survey Exhibition, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

1995    Comparisons, Faculty of Art & Design, University of Newcastle

1994    First Eleven: Inagural Exhibition, Faculty of Art & Design Gallery, University

              of Newcastle

1994    Intersections, The University of NSW, Sydney

1994    Hunter Sculptors, Maitland City Art Gallery, Maitland NSW

1994    Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1993    On the other Hand, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1992    Survey Exhibition, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

1992    Art as Self-Portrait, Newcastle Contemporary Art Gallery, Newcastle

1991    Cross the Creek, Great Hall, University of Newcastle

1989    Volkskas Atelier, Pretoria (touring national)

1988    100 Artists for Life, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban

1987    Technikon OFS Lecturers, Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein

1986    Volkskas Atelier, (touring national)

1985    7 Artists, Gallery International, Cape Town

1983    Past Students Show, Gallery 567, Durban

1979    Ravan Press Exhibition, Durban