Nic Plowman

Plowman’s work presents us with images of internal conflict, especially in contrast to his more serene life drawings. ‘I do have a fascination with iconography and great religious works of art,’ Plowman responds. ‘The gravitas that is associated with religious works is mesmerising – my musings have always been about how do you attempt this, when my inherit beliefs have been challenged and my very real experiences with death hold no great ‘other’ knowledge’.

‘I think most of my work contains a duality, from the materials used, the construction, the underdrawings and multiple views to the intentional meaning in the work … Nothing is black and white, life is complicated and so are people and relationships and therefore so is art’. Nic Plowman, 2016. -Exert from essay by Dr. Jonathan McBurnie

NIC PLOWMAN
Born: Brisbane, Australia, 1978

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 New Work, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Amid Love and Fear, U.S.Q. Art Gallery, University of Southern Queensland
2015 Fig•ure: Drawings and Paintings, The Art Vault, Mildura
2015 No Other Knowledge, Gallerysmith Project Space, Melbourne
2014 Kings, Popes and Other Fools, Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast
2013 Nudes and Portraits, The Art Vault, Mildura
2011 Formula for Resurrection, Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast
2011 Blood is thicker than water, The Art Vault, Mildura
2010 The Darkness and the Beauty, Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast
2008 Magic Sex Death, Jugglers Art Space Inc., Brisbane
2005 Selected Paintings, Bulimba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Recent Paintings, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Paintings and Drawings, Antiquarian Galley, Brisbane
2000 Body-line, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba

COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS
2014 Rogues Gallery: Plowman and Van Dijk (with Jan Van Dijk) Lightspace, Brisbane
2010 Two Needles One Yarn (with Sue-ching Lascelles), Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2009 Project 48, The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane
2003 Plowman & Eyles: Paintings (with Sam Eyles), Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 A Conversation About Portraiture, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery, Moreton Bay
2016 March Group Show, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Hand Drawn Big Fig Arts, The Bellingen Brewery & Co, Bellingen
2016 Anthea Polson: comes to Melbourne Menzies Auction House, Melbourne
2015 Studio 99 Exhibition TheGRID: Hybrid Arts Collective, Toowoomba
2013 Brisbane Life Drawing Show Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2013 Some kind of goodbye Love Love Studio, Brisbane
2013 5th Anniversary Exhibition The Art Vault, Mildura
2013 Perennials: Selected USQ Alumni Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
2012 Director’s Choice The Art Vault, Mildura
2012 In The Mirror Brenda May Gallery, Sydney
2010 Seat of the soul The Centre for Arts, Beaudesert
2010 New Works Of Erotica Flipbook Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Artists in Residence 10, Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane
2009 Special First Christmas Show Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast
2009 Day OF The Dead, Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay
2009 London Calling, Scream London Gallery, London
2009 Hungry Like The Wolf, 19 Karen, Gold Coast
2009 Semi Permanent 09, 19 Karen/Nine Lives Galleries, Gold Coast/Brisbane
2009 Works On Paper, Kiln Gallery, Brisbane
2009 Project 48, Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane
2009 Dirty Show X,The National Grid Gallery, Sydney

AWARDS
2015 The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore – Finalist
2014 The Benalla Nude Art Prize, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla – Finalist
2012 The Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Moran House, Sydney – Finalist
2011 The Duke Art Prize, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast – Finalist
2011 Agendo Art Prize ,St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford – Finalist
2011 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra – Finalist
2011 Lethbridge 10 000 Award Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane – Finalist
2011 Power of Self, Artist Wanted Collaborative New York – Finalist
2010 Redland Art Award, Redland Art Gallery Cleveland – Finalist
2010 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra – Finalist
2010 Lethbridge 10 000 Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane – Finalist
2009 London Calling, Scream London Gallery, London – Finalist
2009 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery_ Caloundra – Finalist
2008 Small Works ’08, Brunswick St Gallery Melbourne – Merit Award
2006 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney – Finalist
2003 Mel & Charlie Illustration Competition Triple J Radio, Australia – Winner
2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney – Finalist
2000 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Ultimo Centre, Sydney – Selected Work of Distinction

EDUCATION
2016 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Victoria University
2007 Graduate Diploma in Education Queensland, University Of Technology
2000 Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Southern Queensland
• Recipient of the U.S.Q. Parvis Nikdin Prize for outstanding studio practice

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
2016 Tutor Introduction Drawing and Painting, FCAC, Melbourne
2016 Casual Teaching Staff, NCAT, Melbourne
2016 Teacher, Melbourne Studio of Art, Melbourne
2016 Casual Academic Painting and Drawing The Figure, McGregor Summer School, USQ
2015 Casual Academic Painting and Drawing The Figure, McGregor Summer School, USQ
2015 Guest Artist After Dark Life Drawing, Border Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Centre
2015 Workshop Facilitator and Mentor Complex Pain Art Project and Exhibition, Mildura
2015 Casual Academic: Portraiture and The Nude McGregor Summer School, USQ
2012 Teacher and Visual Arts Facilitator Micah Projects, Brisbane (2012-2014)
2012 Tutor Flying Arts Alliance Inc., Brisbane (2012-2014)
2010 Teaching Artist_ Art Camp, Morayfield State High School (2010-2015)
2011 Artist in Residency/Exhibiting Artist_ Art Vault, Mildura (2011/2013/2015)
2006 Curator: Red/Blue Galleries Jugglers Art Space Inc, Brisbane (2006-2007)
2001 Studio Assistant in Painting and Drawing, U.S.Q. (2001-2002)

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
2014 Judge Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2013 Participating Artist Etching Workshop: Bill Young, Master Print Maker
2013 Guest Artist/Speaker Deakin University, Mildura
2010 Judge Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2009 Guest Artist/Speaker The Day Of The Dead Exhibition/ Discussion, Byron Bay.
2008 Guest Artist/Speaker Gold Coast Contemporary Art Crawl, 19 Karen, Gold Coast
2008 Resident Artist St Laurence’s College, Brisbane
2008 Workshop Facilitator Immersion Day Energies Exhibition, Gold Coast Art Centre
2008 Drawing Workshop Facilitator Brisbane Artists Run Initiatives Festival, Brisbane
2008 Guest Artist/Speaker Pecha Kucha Vol. 03, Brisbane Powerhouse
2003 Resident Artist Jugglers Art Space: Co-director, Curator, Workshop Coordinator and Community Arts Development Consultant (2003-2014)
MEDIA/ Publications
2016 (Film) Resurrection: Nic Plowman, Peter Lamont and Handmade Films Australia
2014 (Film) Nic Plowman: Art and Life, Panoptic Press
2014 (Blog) Relations of Mutual Resonance: Nic PLowman, Panoptic Press
2011 (Magazine) Afart (Variety), Issue 33, p 86 – 91. Denmark
2011 (Newspaper) Sunrasia Daily, February 22, p 7
2010 (Feature Article) Art with Marina Saint Martin, Gold Coast Bulletin March 20
2010 (Magazine) Ninety Two Magazine, Issue 3, p 58-60
2009 (Publiction) In Retrospect 10, Retrospect Gallery Publication, p 105-108
2008 (Magazine) Empty Magazine The Aussie Issue, #13, p 20-23
2008 (Magazine) Varsity Magazine September Issue, p 6-11
2007 (TV) Channel Seven Emerging Artists of Fortitude Valley, Great South East

RESIDENCIES
2016 Discovery College, Hong Kong
2011, 2013, 2015 The Art Vault, Mildura
2014 Rogues Gallery Project, Brisbane

COLLECTIONS
University of Southern Queensland
Jugglers Art Space
The Art Vault
Private Collections Australia, England, Canada, USA and Mexico