Gregory Cliffe

Gregory Cliffe

  • Artist’s Statement

    Over 25 years my studio painting research has evolved to embrace the concept of totalized time and the stratification of memory. I explore historical references in my paintings, creating a mixture of philosophical and ideological threads through time. I have always been interested in how social values and cultural history can be transmitted by folk narrative, fables and absurd yarns and what these say about group cohesion, conformity and shared presumptions. I like to collect a range of humorous stories and anecdotes, images of historical artefacts and documents from which to base subjects for my current fictional/factual narrative paintings.
    My recent work has been focused on the significance of location, my family history and social history through more traditional genres and techniques such as landscape, still life and portraiture. It is extending the subject matter I have explored with group figurative compositions over the last 20 years into the places associated with the stories I have explored.
    My painting technique having evolved from linear expressionist landscape paintings in 1990 to collaged compositions of family and social history in Alkyd mediums to my more recent traditional solvent-free oil painting processes used by the great Baroque masters, C19th Romanticists and Pre-Raphaelites.

  • Biography

    Over 25 years my studio research has embraced the concept of the “stratification of memory” and philosophical and ideological threads through time by historical referencing in my oil paintings. My recent work focuses on the significance of location on my family history and on social history.


    2009 RMIT University, Melbourne. Advanced Certificate of Careers Education.
    99-2001 University of Western Sydney, Nepean. Master of Arts (Honours)- Contemporary Arts. Painting research, exhibition and exegesis.
    1979 Diploma of Education, Sydney Teachers College.
    1978 New South Wales Department of Education Teachers’ Scholarship.
    1976-78 Alexander Mackie C.A.E., Diploma of Art (Design, Electro-media, Performance Art, Sculpture and Installations).

    Member of the Following Organizations and Committees:

    2018-21 Member of Blue Mountains Artists Network.
    2016-18 Member of The Art NSW Art Gallery Insiders group.
    2011-12 Committee Member of the Blue Mountains Municipal Council Cultural Program
    2000-16 Member of The National Association of Visual Artists.
    94-2001 Member of The Blue Mountains Community Arts Council, NSW.
    1979-83 Member Artworkers Union, Sydney.
    1977-79 Committee Student Member of The Society of Sculptors, Sydney.
    1974-5 Member of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Society.

    Publications and Media:
    2021: Selected for publication in the Artvita World Wide Books Competition:
    Issue 6 of the World Wide Art Digital Magazine:
    2018:         Article Press Release by Marquis Who's Who.
    2016: Discover the Blue Mountains Magazine, September issue article.
    2001: Exegesis for Masters Exhibition at The University of Western Sydney. 2001: University of Sydney News: “Compelling Show at Tin Sheds” article
    by Louise Maral. 3/10/01.
    2001: Sydney Morning Herald: Brigid Delaney’s “Spotlight” 26/9/01.
    1994: Blue Mountains Gazette: March publicity article for “Wild and Domesticated”.
    1984: “Artists and Galleries of Australia” by Max Germain. Boolarong Books.
    1979: Start Art Magazine documentation of “The New Art” performed at the Biennale. Peter Callas.

  • Awards

    2020: Highly Commended, in the ‘Maritime Art Award’, Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize
    2012 Highly Commended in the New South Wales Department of Education Excellence in Education Awards.
    2002 Highly Commended, Daffodil Day Arts Awards (The Victoria Cancer Council).
    2000 Painting Section Prize, Blue Mountains Community Arts Council Annual Art Awards.
    1995 Highly Commended, Blue Mountains Community Arts Council Annual Art Prize.
    1983 Granted residency at The New South Wales Art Gallery Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris for 1984.
    1982 Australia Council Visual Arts Board Travel Grant.
    1979 Winner Royal Agricultural Society Sculpture Prize.
    1978 New South Wales Department of Education Teacher’s Scholarship.
    1977 Highly Commended, Royal Agricultural Society Sculpture Prize.

  • Exhibitions

    Selected Group Exhibitions, competition finalist and set designs:

    2021: A Prize winner in the Artvita World Wide Art Books Competition, Santa Barbara, California. Published in Issue #6.
    2020: Highly Commended, in the ‘Maritime Art Award’, Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Prize
    2020: Online Finalist, Lethbridge Art Prize.
    2019: Group show: Picturesque. Blue Mountains Artists’ Network at Braemar Gallery, Springwood.
    2019: Group Show, Brunswick Street Art Gallery 50 Squared prize.
    2019: Group Show, Gallery 188 BMCAN Group Show: Art Is the Reason.
    2018: Finalist, Brunswick Small Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery.
    2018: Online Finalist for The Lethbridge Art Prize.
    2018: Finalist, Bald Archy Travelling Exhibition.
    2018: Group show: Highly Commended, Blue Mountains Artists' Network Edge Theatre.
    2018: Group Show: Offensive Art? Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy.
    2018: Listed in Marquis Who's Who Biographical Volumes.
    2017: Finalist, Bald Archy Travelling Exhibition.
    2014: Shortlisted Finalist, Scope Galleries Art Award.
    2013: Finalist, Hawkesbury Art Prize
    2012: Finalist, Gallipoli Art Prize.
    2004 Group Show, Alleyway Art, Springwood, NSW: Connections.
    2002 Daffodil Day Arts Awards (The Victoria Cancer Council).

    2001 Finalist: Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Open Section.
    1994 Group Show, The Queen of Arts Gallery, Katoomba, NSW, Australia.

    Solo Exhibitions:

    2016 Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba, NSW, Australia: Groupthink.
    2001 Tin Sheds Art Gallery, University of Sydney: Fragmented Values: Compulsive Lives.
    1994 Wentworth Falls School of Arts: Wild & Domesticated- acrylic painting.
    1984 Cite Internationale de Paris: two performances: The Medium is the Massage and A European Perspective.

  • Website

Showing the single artwork

Gregory Cliffe

71 x 83.5 x 3.5cm Oil on Linen $2,700.00