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Steve Woodbury

Steve Woodbury’s work explores the nature of perception and meaning.

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Whether through paint, photographs, video, or other materiality, Steve Woodbury’s work explores the nature of perception and meaning – where we come from and where we go. His work has been exhibited in over 25 individual exhibitions and numerous group shows over almost twenty years and consequently can be found in public and private collections throughout Asia, Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Gaining his BFA with Honours combined with his training in sport, pain recovery and experience with Zen to allow a trajectory of intense interest in conscious and unconscious processing. Life and death, growth and renewal, Ancient and contemporary create a tension within the work as his linguistic explorations are explored through the open, abstracted, calligraphic mark that alludes to the essence of his many subjects.

Although many hours are spent drawing from scenes and life, when the time comes to paint it is the process of simplifying the subject to its essence that motivates him. Like coloured Rorschach tests, these works open the experience of viewing and interpreting for the viewer’s own associations. Incorporating, distilling and coalescing disparate subjects from landscape, light, along with language and text from sources across philosophy, the Sagas and his own poetry, create open liminal objects that are designed to slow the mind in a world of increasing overload.

The aim is to involve your unconscious emotive responses without thinking about it consciously. Look, feel and enjoy.

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STUDIES
2013 BFA with honours – UTAS

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
• 2014 BRAG (Burnie Regional Art Gallery) – “Art of War”;
Galleri Ingela S, Stockholm – Text-scapes; BMGART – Oracle
• 2013 Gallery Pejean – Text-scapes
• 2012 Despard Gallery – “Osmosis”
• 2009 Galleri Overkikaren, Stockholm – “Nordens Ljus, Soderns
Skuggor”…(“Northern Light, Southern Shadows”)
• 2008 John Miller Galleries – “Dying From Birth”
• 2007 Maitland Regional Gallery – “Dying From Birth”
Manning Regional Gallery – “The Atrophy of Purity”
Moree Plains Regional Gallery – “The Enigma of Reason”
• 2006 John Miller Galleries – “Dying From Birth: The Second Death”
Collateral Art – “Dying From Birth” Haarlemmermeer, (Netherlands)
New England Regional Art Museum – “Dying From Birth”
John Miller Galleries – “Dying From Birth”
Collateral Art – “Steve 400” Utrecht, (The Netherlands)
• 2004 Australian Embassy Tokyo – “Dying from Birth DVD”
Edogawa City Kumin Gallery – “Dying from Birth”
Gallery Art Point (Ginza) – “Omnipotent Shadows Red”
Gallery H.O.T. (Osaka) – “Omnipotent Shadows Red”
• 2002 Von Bertouch Galleries – “Shadows Of The Enigma of Reason”
• 2001 Mira Fine Art (Formerly Bulle) – “Shadows Of Creation”
NSW State Parliament – “In The Shadows Of Power”
• 2000 Gosford Regional Gallery – “Shadows Beyond The Void of Life”
Von Bertouch Galleries – “Shadows Beyond The Other Place”
Bulle Galleries (Melbourne) – “Shadows Of The Other Place”
• 1999 James Harvey Gallery – “Discussions With The Universe”
• 1998 Agora Gallery (New York) – “Color Talk”
• 1997 Untitled Gallery – “From The Shadows”
• 1996 Avoca Gallery – “In The Shadows”

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
• 2014 Colvillle Gallery; “Abstraction” – Despard Gallery, “Formed and
Unformed” (curated by Mary Scott) – 146 Artspace
• 2013 Honours exhibition – Plimsoll Gallery, “Showcase” – Gallery Pejean,
Galleri Ingela S
• 2012 “Stockholm Art Fair” – Galleri Overkikaren; “Abstraction” – Despard
Gallery; “Showcase” – Gallery Pejean
• 2011 “Christmas exhibition” – Despard Gallery
• 2010 “Solitary pursuits in Red” – Maitland Regional Gallery
• 2009 “Newcastle by name 2”- John Miller Galleries, Muswellbrook Open
Art Prize – Muswellbrook Regional Gallery
• 2007 “In the Gap” – Annandale Galleries, Maitland Art Prize
• 2006 Packsaddle Exhibition” – New England Regional Museum,
“Australian Art Show” – Galerie Zuger (Santa Fe, New Mexico,
USA), “World Print Prize”- Lessedra Gallery (Sofia, Bulgaria),
Maitland Art Prize, Wyong Art Prize
• 2005 Shanghai Art Fair, Maitland Art Prize, Wyong Art Prize,
Muswellbrook Prize – Muswellbrook Regional, “World Print Prize”
– Lessedra Gallery, National Place of Culture (Sofia, Bulgaria)
• 2004 Maitland Art Prize, Wyong Art Prize, “River Themes”- Port
Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery
• 2003 “New Acquisitions 2001-2003”- Newcastle Regional Gallery,
Wyong Art Prize, Gosford Art Prize- Gosford Regional Gallery
• 2002 “Salon des Refuses” – S.H. Ervin Gallery
“Packsaddle Exhibition” – New England Regional Art Museum,
Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbelltown Regional
• 2002 Gallery, Wyong Art Prize, Gosford Art Prize – Gosford Regional
Gallery, Muswellbrook Art Prize – Muswellbrook Regional Gallery
• 2001 Wyong Art Prize, Fishers Ghost Prize – Campbelltown Regional
Gallery, Gosford Art Prize – Gosford Regional Gallery.
• 2000 Gosford Art Prize – Gosford Regional Gallery, Muswellbrook Art
Prize – Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Wyong Art Prize
• 1999 “Sky Clad” – James Harvey, Wyong Art Prize,Von Bertouch galleries
• 1998 Solander Gallery, Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbelltown Regional
Gallery, Von Bertouch Galleries
• 1997 Von Bertouch Galleries
• 1996 Mosman Art Prize, “Cross Roads” – PCL Exhibitionists
• 1995 Edogawa Festival Japan

COLLECTIONS
• Ballarat Regional Gallery
• Burnie Regional Gallery
• Business Central Coast
• Coffs Harbour City Collection
• Colourstock – The Netherlands
• Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service – Gosford, Newcastle & Wyong
• Downey Group
• Edogawa Art Association
• Edogawa City Tokyo Japan
• Edogawa International Friendship Association (EIFA)
• Edogawa Welfare Association for the Blind
• Elcom Credit Union
• Future School
• Fuji Xerox Australia
• Gallipoli Memorial Club
• Goldwater Memorial Hospital – New York
• Hoofdoorp City – The Netherlands
• Hill St Sports Medicine Centre
• Konst Stigen – Stockholm
• Krone Australia
• Landstingets Konstforening – Stockholm
• Lulea University – Sweden
• Maitland Regional Gallery
• Manning Regional Art Gallery
• Matsudaira Family Collection
• Moree Plains Regional Gallery
• NSW Parliament
• Newcastle Regional Gallery
• Octopus Fulfilment
• Original Concepts – The Netherlands
• Port Macquarie – Hastings Regional Art Gallery
• Premiers Department (Department of State and Regional Development) Gosford
• Soul Pattinson Telecommunications
• Staff Force
• Sun Microsystems
• Tama City, Japan
• Taylor Financial Group
• Utrecht City Hall, The Netherlands
• University of Newcastle – (Central Coast Campus)
• Vin & Spirits Konstforening – Stockholm
• Wright Advertising
• Wyong City Council
• Private collections: Australia, China, Finland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand,
Singapore, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, USA

BOOKS/CATALOGUES
• Oracle – Exhibition Catalogue, BMGART 2014
• Text-scape – Exhibition Catalogue, Galleri Ingela S (Stockholm) 2014
• Osmosis – Exhibition Catalogue, Despard Gallery
• Bloodshot – 32pp book of poems, Picaro Press 2012
• Red Poem Readings – CD of soundscapes and reading of the Red Poems 2010
• Red in the Middle – 72pp book of poems, Picaro Press 2009
• Nordens Ljus, Soderns Skuggor– Exhibition Catalogue, Galleri Overkikaren 2009
• Northern Lights – book of poems, translated into Swedish (Picaro Press) 2009
• Dying from birth – book of poems published by Picaro Press, 2008
• Dying From Birth – Exhibition Catalogue, Maitland, Manning, Moree Regional
Galleries 2007
• Dying From Birth – Exhibition Catalogue, Shanghai Art Fair, 2005
• Photographs of God – 100 pages, Published by Fuji Xerox Australia, 2004.
• Shadows of Power – Exhibition Catalogue, NSW Parliament, 2001
• In the Shadows – Exhibition Catalogue, Gosford Regional Gallery, 2000
• Discussions with the Universe – Exhibition Catalogue, 1999
• In the Shadows – Exhibition Catalogue, 1996
• The Theory of Everything – Catalogue, 1995

PRIZES
• Wyong Art Prize – Contemporary Section
• Gosford Art Prize – Open Section
• Salon Des Refuses finalist 2002
• Fishers Ghost finalist, Campbelltown Regional Gallery 1998, 2001, 2002
• Mosman Art Prize finalist 1998
• Lessedra Gallery, Bulgaria – World print prize finalist 2005, 2006
• Muswellbrook art prize finalist 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009
• Maitland art prize finalist 2004, 2005, 2006
• Gosford art prize finalist 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
• Wyong art prize finalist 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
• Many commended and Highly commended awards in various shows

BIBLIOGRAPHY
• Michael Edwards – “The Art of War”, (exhibition catalogue essay) 2014
• Neil Haddon – “Typing, Painting, Meaning”, (exhibition catalogue essay) 2014
• Anders Engman – “Steve Woodbury” (exhibition catalogue essay) 2014
• ABC – 7.30 Report (Tas) – Airlie Ward 2012
• Tasmanian Style – Helen Hayward “Steve Woodbury: Real Life: Abstract Art”
July 2012
• John McDonald – Maitland Regional Gallery “Solitary Pursuits in Red” exhibition
catalogue (October 2010).
• ABC Radio – Reading of 2 ‘ANZAC Poems’ and interview, 25/4/09
• Maitland Mercury – Briony Snedden “…look beyond Asian influence” 19/03/07
• Manning River Times – Lauren Edwards “Focus on Birth, Death and bits in between”
21/2/07
• Sasha Grishin – “Steve Woodbury: Dying From Birth” (introductory essay for Dying
From Birth exhibition catalogue, 2007
• Lino Magazine (issue No. 16 2006/07) – Jonathan Goodman “Steve Woodbury –
Search for the Sublime”
• Newcastle Herald – Jill Stowell “Driven to Abstraction” 29/07/06
• Witte Weekblad – “Australische kunst voor gemeente” 16/07/06
• Witte Weekblad – “Woodbury neemt schilderij niet mee terug naar Australie”
07/06/06
• The Armidale Express – Lisa Williams “Art worth pondering” 17/05/06
• The Armidale Independent – Gary Fry “Dying from birth” 17/05/06
• Newcastle Herald – Lisa Slade “Gifted Escape Artists” 04/02/06
• Kunstbeeld (Netherlands) – “Australie bedankt Nederland met schilderij Woodbury”
(29/12/05)
• Jonathan Goodman – Introduction essay for ‘Dying From Birth’, 2005
• Lessedra Gallery and Contemporary Art Projects – 4th Art Print Annual, Bulgaria
• Bill Gregory – Introduction essay for ‘Photographs of God’, 2004
• Edogawa TV, Tokyo Japan (3 times per day 6/10/04 to 14/10/04)
• Gallery Magazine (Japan) – October 2004 Edition
• FM Radio, Tokyo Japan – October, 2004
• Yomiuri Newspaper 6/10/04
• Sankei Newspaper 6/10/04
• Asahi Newspaper 8/10/04
• Osaka Daily Newspaper 16/10/04
• Hornsby Advocate – “Borne of Pain” 19/7/01
• Express Advocate – Kirsty McGoldrick “Search for Truth” 29/6/01
• Today Extra – NBN Channel 3, 22/6/01
• New Art International – 2001 edition – New York
• Express Advocate – Wendy McCormack “Grand Works on Show” 21/7/00
• NBN News (Channel 3) – 14/7/00
• Australian Artist – “New Regional Gallery…” July 2000 Edition
• New Art International – 2000 edition – New York
• Australian Artist – Feature Article March 2000 Edition
• Sun Weekly – “Woodbury Joins Collection” 14/10/99
• Express Advocate – Charles Graham “Discussions With The Universe” 30/4/99
• North Shore Times – Glenn Jackson “Steve’s Passion Finds Form” 25/3/98
• Canberra Times – Sasha Grishin “Emerging Artists Take a Bow at Solander”
16/2/98
• Canberra Times – Helen Musa “From Yarralumla to the Big Apple” 7/2/98
• Express Advocate – Kirsty McGoldrick “Artist is back in the Groove” 13/8/97
• Express Advocate – Kirsty McGoldrick “Painting a Brush With Pain” 15/5/96

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