Kevin Mortensen

Kevin Mortensen

  • Artist’s Statement

    Kevin Mortensen’s enigmatic artworks are as diverse as the media in which he is proficient. He combines refined personal motifs into a unique visual language, creating works that resonate as potent and profound.

  • Biography

    Figurative and abstract sculptor and printmaker Kevin Mortensen studied at the Melbourne Teachers College and Prahran Technical College in art teaching from 1957 to 1960, he later studied sculpture at RMIT from 1962 to 1966 where he also lectured in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Mortensen has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney and his work was included in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Heide Museum of Modern Art, VIC and several sculpture triennials. He was awarded the Mildura Sculpture Triennial Prize in 1973 and 1975 and a Victorian Arts Board grant in 1975. His work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; most state galleries and several regional and university galleries.

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS
    2018 ‘The Alchemist’, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC ‘Sculpture, paintings, drawings and prints’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    2016 ‘Catharsis’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne ‘SERIOUS PLAY: The Art of Kevin Mortensen’, book launch accompanied by an exhibition of selected works, Australian Galleries, Melbourne ‘Transmitter’, exhibition and book launch, Gecko Studio Gallery, Fishcreek, VIC
    2014 ‘Sculpture & Drawing’, Australian Galleries, Roylston Street, Sydney
    2013 ‘Sculpture & Drawings’, Australian Galleries, Derby Street, Melbourne
    2010 ‘Serious play’, Australian Galleries, Glenmore Road, Sydney
    2009 ‘Back to the sea from which I came’, Australian Galleries, Smith Street, Melbourne
    2007 ‘World View’, Australian Galleries Painting & Sculpture, Melbourne
    2006 ‘Bronze Sculpture, Jewellery, Drawings & Etchings’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    2003 ‘Like a Dog with a Bone’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    2001 ‘What the Raven Saw (Thought and Memory)’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    1998 ‘Man and the Bird – Man and the Sea’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    1997 ‘Inside the Bower: Kevin Mortensen’, Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC Canberra School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, ACT Benalla Art Gallery, VIC
    1996 Australian Galleries, Sydney
    1994 Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    1992 Sale Regional Art Gallery, VIC Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
    1991 Powell Street Graphics, Melbourne 1986 Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
    1981 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
    1979 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    1975 ‘Shards from a cave-carters backyard’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    1974 Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne 1971 Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne
    1967 Argus Gallery, Melbourne

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS
    2019 ‘Australian Galleries: The Purves Family Business. The First Four Decades’, Book Launch and Group Exhibition, Australian Galleries, Melbourne ‘papermade’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    2018 ‘Yering Station Sculpture Award and Exhibition, Yering Station, Yarra Glen, VIC
    2017 ‘Yering Station Sculpture Award and Exhibition, Yering Station, Yarra Glen, VIC ‘Sculpture: medium and small scale – Mixed Sculptors’, Australian Galleries, Sydney
    2014 ‘one of each’, Australian Galleries, Derby Street, Melbourne
    2011 ‘large exhibition of small works’, Australian Galleries, Roylston Street, Sydney ‘large exhibition of small works’, Australian Galleries, Derby Street, Melbourne
    2010 ‘Summer stock show’, Australian Galleries, Smith Street, Melbourne ‘Artists’ Prints made with Integrity I’, Australian Galleries, Smith Street, Melbourne
    2009-10 ‘Summer Stock Show’, Australian Galleries, Derby Street, Melbourne
    2008 ‘Off the point’, Celia Rosser Gallery, Fish Creek, VIC ‘Who let the dogs out’, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW
    2007 ‘Summer Stock Show’, Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Melbourne ‘Small Pleasures’, Australian Galleries Painting & Sculpture, Melbourne
    2006 ‘Stock Show’, Australian Galleries Painting & Sculpture, Melbourne ANL Maritime Art Prize, Melbourne ‘50th Anniversary Exhibition’, 5th June, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    2005 ‘Notes from the Natural World’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    2004 ‘Species’, Australian Galleries, Melbourne ‘The Australian Print Workshop Archive 2’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2003-04 ‘A Modelled World’, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, VIC 2003 ‘This was the Future’, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne ‘The Jomantis Years’, RMIT, Melbourne ‘The sea, the sea’, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC (touring)
    1995 ‘Illuminaries’, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
    1994-95 ‘25 Years of Australian Performance Art’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Australian tour
    1993 ‘Dame Edna Regrets She is Unable to Attend’, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, VIC Barwon Wetlands Art Project, Geelong Art Gallery, VIC
    1991 ‘Off the Wall in the Air: Art of the Seventies’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
    1990-92 ‘Contemporary Gippsland Artists’, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, VIC, touring exhibition
    1989 ‘Prints and Australia, Pre-settlement to Present’, Australian National Gallery, Canberra ‘Three Days of Performance’, Monash University, Melbourne Fourth Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    1988 ‘Drawing in Australia 1970s-1980s’, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
    1987 ‘Why People Go To Traffic Accidents’, Theatre Works, Melbourne ‘Gravity’s Angels’, Wangaratta Artspace, VIC
    1985 ‘Works from the Monash Collection’, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
    1984 Second Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    1983 ‘Continuum’, Awajicho Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 1982 ‘Eureka! Artists from Australia’, ICA, London
    1981 ‘Australian Perspecta’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Latrobe University, Melbourne ‘Anzart’, The Boiler House, Christchurch, New Zealand ‘Animals and Animism in Australian Art’, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
    1980 Adelaide Festival of Art, Performance Week, Adelaide; Venice Biennale, Australian Pavilion, Italy
    1978 ‘Act 1’ Performance Festival, Australian National University, Canberra ‘Lost and Found: Objects and Images’, Ewing and George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne Union, Melbourne
    1976 Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney ‘Link Exhibition’, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
    1975 ‘Artist’s Artists’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Mildura Sculpture Triennial, VIC
    1973 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, VIC
    1972 Group Exhibition, Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne
    1970 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, VIC
    1968 ‘24 Point Plug Show’, Argus Gallery, Melbourne ‘Alcorso-Sekers’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

    COLLECTIONS Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Burwood State College; City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Deakin Univeristy Art Collection; Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Grafton Regional Gallery; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell; Monash University; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Parliament House Art Collection; Private collections Tasmanian Musuem & Art Gallery; University of Queensland

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  • Kevin Mortensen

    The Towing of HMS Surprise
    Framed: 42 x 59 cm Pastel on Paper $3,250.00