BLACK PARROT

ANDREW SULLIVAN

Andrew Sullivan is one of the original residents in the now famous Lennox Street Studios in Newtown, alongside artists like Tim Johnson. He has used the same studio since graduating from the National Art School in the early 1990s and his work reflects an extraordinarily patient, understated and meticulous craftsmanship.

Andrew's large scale, highly refined paintings take years to complete. The result is, of course, idiosyncratic, and demand time to unpick the complex allegories and narratives he weaves together. God, as they say, is in the details! The jewel-like surface of saturated colours, of even and precise detail, and carefully described movements of light are delightful, as are the flashes of humour. You need to be up-close to a painting like Self Reflected in Eye of Beast for quite some time before you finally find a minute self-portrait of Andrew at work in the pupil of this melancholy, oddly embracable, dinosaur. 

His most recent work is part of a series called Survey into the Cretaceous, in which Andrew takes on the fantastic role of a naturalist with a time machine. He presents freshly killed specimens of long dead dinosaurs, painted in the language of Victorian scientific illustrations, Dutch still life and cabinets of curiosity. This is a commentary on the wonders of science and discovery, of the complex and contradictory histories that shape our contemporary culture of dinosaurs, and of the once initiate relationship between Art and Science in their shared journey into the imagination. 


PRESS and Links

Andrew Sullivan's website

Paradise Dream, Video of Andrew Sullivan's exhibition of 2011

John Macdonald, Art Collector, Issue 29, July-Sept 2004

Clare Morgan writing for the Daily Telegraph, July 18, 2014

AGNSW Sulman Prize 2013

AGNSW Sulman Prize 2014


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Solo Exhibitions

2014   Mimes of the King's Court, Ginkgo Gallery, Sydney

2011   Paradise Dream, Flinders St Gallery, Sydney

2009   My Time with Birds, Flinders St Gallery, Sydney

2007   Small Landscapes, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2006   Recent Paintings, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2004   Portraits 2001-2004, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

2004   Portraits 2001-2004. Australian Galleries, Sydney

2002   Recent paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

2001   Life, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2000   Recent Paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

1999   Married to the Sea, Queen St Fine Art, Sydney

1998   Recent Paintings, Queen St fine Art, Sydney

1997   Recent Paintings, QueenSt Fine Art, Sydney

1996   Bugs, Queen St Fine Art, Sydney

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014   Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2013   Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

2012   Mosman Art  Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2011   Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

            Composite, Flinders St Gallery, Sydney

2009   Newtown Diaries, Delmar Gallery, Sydney

            Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2008   Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2007   EMSLA, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour

            The Blake Prize, The Gallery, National art School, Sydney

            Small Pleasures,  Australian Galleries, Melbourne

            Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2006   Summery, Australian Galleries, Sydney

            The Blake Prize, The Gallery, National Art School, Sydney

            50th Anniversary Exhibition, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

            The Shirly Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega

            Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library of NSW, Sydney

            Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2005   End of Year Group Exhibition, Australian Galleries, Sydney

            Australian Contemporary Art, De Recourt /Australian Galleries, The Gallery in Cork St, London

            Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

            Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

            Small Important Works, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2004   Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2003   Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

            New Work, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2002   Recent Works by Australian Galleries Artists, Australian Galleries, Sydney

            Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2001   Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

            The Kings School Art Prize, Kings School, Sydney

            The Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

            Australian Painting and Sculpture, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2000   Lost in Space, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

            The Kings School Art Prize, The Kings School, Sydney

            Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

1999   The Kings School Art Prize, The Kings School, Sydney

1998   3 Visions, New England Art Museum, Armidale NSW

            Alumni Show, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

            Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin gallery, Sydney

            Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Civic Centre, Sydney

            Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1997   Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1996   Salon des Refuse, S.H.Gallery, Sydney

            Alumination, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

            Emerging Artist, Queen St Gallery, Sydney

            Waverly Art Prize, Bondi Public School, Sydney

            Inglis Art Award, Newmarket, Sydney

1995   The Graduate Show, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

            Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Civic Centre, Sydney

 1994   Graduates exhibition, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

             Diesis, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

             Painting Exhibition, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

1993   Salon des Refuse, S.H.Ervin gallery, Sydney

            Many Ways of Seeing, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

            Eclectic Halo, Private Residence, Sydney

1992   Works on Paper, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney

 

Prizes

2014   Sir John Sulman Prize

 

Collections

Ballarat Regional Art Gallery

New England Regional Art Gallery

Polo Ralph Lauren

Societe General

National Art School Alumni Collection

Michael Buxton Contemporary Art Collection

Artbank