Mark Schaller

Mark Schaller’s rise as a leading figure on the Melbourne art scene is well based on his foundation membership of the ROAR group – an influential movement that now seems to have won its place in history as the sequel to the figurative expressionist tradition that began at Heide fifty years ago.

Most art movements are over almost from the time they are first named. Hence, now post-ROAR, Schaller has developed into a rugged individual, a true artistic polymath, whose restless creative spirit spreads across a number of disciplines such as ceramics, glass, sculpture, painting, and more recently, printmaking. Schaller’s view of the world is a humanist one that places humankind at the centre of a universe full of wondrous creations. It is a clear vision genuinely in awe of nature’s fecundity.

Born 1962.
1980/82 Victorian College of the Arts
Founding member “Roar Studios”, and Director of the Australian Artists Association

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1982 Roar Studios, Fitzroy
1983 United Artists, St Kilda
1987 Realities Gallery, Toorak
1988 Launceston, CAE
1989 Australian Galleries, Collingwood
1992 Australian Galleries, Collingwood
1994 Obencni Dom, Prague, Czech Republic
1995 Coventry Gallery, Paddington
1997 ‘Paintings from the Pilbra’, 208 Lennox St Gallery
1997 Australian Embassy, Tokyo
1998 Span Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Olsen and Carr Art Dealers, Paddington, Sydney
2000 Eastgate Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne
2001 Tim Olsen Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2001 Eastgate Gallery, Hawthorn, Melbourne
2002 Australian Art Resources, Sydney
2005 Australian Art Resources, Melbourne
2005 BMG Art, Adelaide
2006 Survey of Prints, Port Jackson Press, High St Armadale
‘After the Fire’ Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, travelling exhibition
2007 ‘Wildfire’ Scott Livesey Galleries, High St Armadale
‘Drawing with Chainsaws’ La Trobe University Art Museum, Melbourne
2008 ‘Streetscapes’ Art Equity, Sydney
Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2010 ‘Art is long’, Aratong Galleries, Singapore
2011 ‘Painting the Figure’, James Makin Gallry, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1981 ‘Roar Benefits Exhibition’, Green St. Studios, Prahran
1982 ‘Roar Studios Opening Show’, Roar Studios, Fitzroy
1983 Roar Studios, Fitzroy
1984 ‘Drawing Exhibition’, United Artists, St Kilda
1984 ‘Four Melbourne Painters’, Chameleon Galleries, Hobart
1985 ‘Roar Realities’, Realities Gallery, Toorak
1987 ‘Black And White’, Coventry Gallery, Paddington
1989 ‘Heidelberg And Heritage, 9in X 5in’, Linden, St Kilda
1992 ‘Roar Studios Touring Exhibition’, Shepparton Art Gallery
1996 ‘Australia Felix’ Benalla Art Galley
1998 ‘Stop Jabiluka Mine’ Gould Gallery, Sth. Yarra
1999 ‘Glass’, Gould Gallery, Sth. Yarra
2001 ‘Roar Again’ Metro Gallery, Armadale
2002 ‘Lake Eyre and beyond’ Deague Foundation, MOCA Sydney
2002 ‘Woomera’ Gould Gallery South Yarra
2003 ‘Lake Eyre and beyond’ Metro 5 Gallery, Armadale
2005 ‘Collectors Show’, Port Jackson Press,Armadale
2006 ‘From the Furnace’ Bronze sculptures, Castlemaine Art gallery
2006 ‘Wildfire’ Ballarat Art gallery
2006 ‘Wildfire’ Horsham Art gallery
2010 ‘Autumn Collection’, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2011 ‘Erotica’, James Makin Gallery Melbourne

PUBLIC WORKS

‘Four Women’, 1987, oil on canvas, in John Bracks’ office, Treasury Building
“Rite of Passage”, oil on wood, in the foyer of Lowensteins Art Management, St Kilda Rd Melbourne

AWARDS

1997 Winner ‘Fishers Ghost Award’, Campbelltown Gallery
2005 Prize winner statuettes for the inaugural Architeam architectural awards
2007 Winner ‘Mount Buller Art Prize’

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Latrobe University, Bundoora
Roar Collection, Melbourne
Campbelltown Regional Gallery
Horsham Regional Art Gallery