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Adam Rish - Curriculum Vitae






BORN London 1953 Lives Sydney, Australia

Studies: Medicine, University of Tasmania 1972-74, 1976-78;
Printmaking,  East Sydney Tech 1979, 1983; Bronze Casting,  ESTC
1990-92; Fine Arts, Sydney Uni 1985-91, MFA NSW Uni 1993-95
Qualifications - B Med Sc, MB BS, Dip Sculpture, BA (Hons), MFA, MCPSA FFMACCS
Travelled widely in America, Europe and Asia working at various
periods in Indonesia, India, France, Italy, PNG and Turkey.
Worked  as  professional artist,  environment  officer, medical
practitioner, art teacher, film script writer, graphic artist.
Languages: English, Italian, French, Indonesian

EXHIBITIONS
1975  Secheron House Gallery, Hobart.
1976  Salamanca Place Gallery, Hobart.
1977  Saddlers Court Gallery, Richmond, Tasmania.
           Hunter Island Gallery, Hobart.
1978  Bowerbank Mill Gallery, Deloraine, Tasmania.
1979  Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney.
           Powell St Gallery, Melbourne.
           Harrington St Gallery, Hobart.
1983  Salamanca Place Gallery, Hobart.
           Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
1984  Mori Gallery, Sydney.
1986  Mori Gallery, Sydney.
1987  Solander Gallery, Canberra.
           Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
1989  DC Art, Sydney
           Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
           Despard St Gallery, Hobart.
1990  Solander Gallery, Canberra.
           DC Art, Sydney.
           BMG Fine Art, Adelaide.
1991  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
1992  Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney.
1994  Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney.
1995  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
1996  Quadrivium, Sydney.
1997  Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney.
1998  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
1999  Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney.
2000  Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne.
2001   Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney.
2004   Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney
2007   Michael Nagy Fine Art, Sydney

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1977  Tasmanian Artists, Tasmania House, London.
1980  Queensland Touring Exhibition "Dyeing Fibre and Fabric"
1989  New York International Print Fair
1992  Chicago Alternative Media Artfair
1992  Tamworth Textile Biennale.
1994  Kalef-Jackson Gallery, Calgary, Canada.
1998  City Of Hobart Art Prize
2001  Geometry of the Earth, Orange Regional Gallery
2002   Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney


COLLECTIONS
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston Museum and Art Gallery, Burnie Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery,  Art Gallery  of NSW, Australian National Gallery, Shepparton Art Gallery,
Art  Bank, VAB of Tasmania Collection, Uni of Tasmania Collection.

AWARDS
1979  VAB Special Purpose Grant.
1981  VAB Studio Residence, Karolyi Foundation, Vence, France.
1984  VAB Studio Residence, Besozzo, Italy.
1984  Australian Film Commission, Comedy Fund Grant.
1992  VAB Travel Grant
1997  Asialink Residency IKJ Jakarta
1998  City of Hobart Art Prize

FILMOGRAPHY
From A Letter, 16mm col 13 min 1983. Exhibited Melbourne Film
Festival 1983; Adelaide Fringe Festival, 1984.
The Corporate Choice 16 mm col 14 min, 1986.
The Search For Meaning, 5 min interview with Adam Rish on  REVIEW, ABC TV 19/9/94
Immunisation: Telling the story, 15min video 1996.

BIBLIOGRAPHY(selected)
Max Germaine, Artists of Australia and New Zealand
Craft Australia, Spring 1979.
Art and Australia, Dec 1979, Summer 1984, Winter 1989.
New Poetry, Vols 26-27
Island magazine - regular graphics contributor.
Helix, Dec 1980.
Vence Upon A Time  Adam Rish and Garry Shead, RYZ Press, 1982.
The Age Of Reason  Adam Rish, RYZ Press, 1984.
Historia Mundi Illustrata  Adam Rish, RYZ Press, 1986.
The Age, Entertainment Guide, 7/8/89, Emily Gibson, "Artist Finds Inspiration In Irons..."
Tension,  Aug 1989, Rex Butler, "Adam Rish: Art as a Spaghetti Western."
The  Mercury, 4/11/89, Susan Legett,  "Easily led Tex and his history of modern art."
Sunday Tasmanian, 15/11/89, Amanda Leary, "Fancy a toaster or car on your kilim."
Vogue Living,  May 1990, Tex Willer, "Artist Adam Rish and  the khilims of Konya..."
Sydney  Morning Herald,  Metro, 24/8/90,  Emily Gibson "Art for Neurotics".
Interior Architecture,  issue 32, Miscellanea 44, "Adam Rish is a  Sydney based painter..."
Sydney Morning Herald, Metro,  13/11/92,  Emily Gibson,  "Frame Games". 
"10th Tamworth Fibre/Textile Biennial 1992"  catalogue p29, p48.
"Object", Autumn 1993, Beth Jackson, "From the Floor to the Wall" pp17-19.
"Object",  Spring 1993, Adam Rish, "Objection:From the Floor  to the Flaw". p49.
Misanthropology , Adam Rish, MFA Uni NSW 1995.
Contemporary Craft Review 1, 1995 Ed J. Zimmer, Adam Rish “Misanthropology” p92.
“Nouveau Rish”, 8/8/96 Antonia Williams, Sydney Morning Herald - Domain p5.
“Reality forms a pattern in tapestry message rugs” Stephanie King, Financial Review 8-9/11/97
"Object", 1 1998, Adam Rish, "Shona Wilson - a profile” pp36-37
“Devil TV and other black arts” Susan McCulloch, The Weekend Australian Feb 21-22 1998 p24
“Doctor’s script for winning design” Eve Lamb, The Mercury Dec 30 98, p11.
“Cultural weft and warp” Deborah Jones, The Australian, 1 Jan 99, p16.
“Misanthropology – The Art of Adam Rish” Michael Denholm, Art & Australia Sept 2001 pp92-100
"Very Crazy Tapa" Adam Rish and Ruth Hessey, Australian Art Review Jul-Oct 2004, issue 5 pp58-61
"Of Devotion and determination" John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 8-9 2007, pp16-17




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