Robert Malherbe

FORTHCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION: November 22nd – December 9th, 2017

Using dense impasto surfaces and a luscious application of paint, often in a restricted palette, Malherbe generates a startling sense of immediacy in his works, moving paint freely around the canvas to capture light, shade and form. Malherbe works only from life, a method which contributes to the artist’s vigorous mark-making as he records a visual impression along with other, less tangible elements embodied by his different muses.

Through this expressive, gestural style Malherbe creates highly charged images of his female models. In some works the artist overtly explores sex and sexuality, while others lend themselves to a more subtle erotic suggestion. His landscapes painted en plein air are based on scenes from the small town of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains (NSW) where the artist lives, transforming the trees and streets of this elevated location through his intense palette of yellows, reds and oranges. Absorbing scenes from the everyday, such as watching the familiar rituals of his partner dress and undress, or the view that greets the artist when stepping out his front door, Malherbe is driven to express the deeply personal. And, in both his landscape oriented and figurative paintings he imparts a rich and pervasive sensuality.

Robert Malherbe is an exciting artist who has recently been awarded the highly sought after Art Gallery of NSW Residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. 2010 has also seen Malherbe selected for some major national art prizes, including both the Archibald Prize for portraiture and the Wynne Prize for landscape painting. He is represented in the Redland Art Gallery, Queensland and private collections around Australia.

1965 Born in Mauritius

1971 Immigrated to Australia 1989-99 Worked and lived in London

EDUCATION

1994-95 M.A. (Research), Deakin University, Geelong 1966 Diploma (Painting), National Art School, Sydney

Tertiary Teacher Training, Sydney Teachers College, Sydney 1961 Julian Ashton’s School of Art, Desiderus Orban Studio,

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2017 Finalist – Archibald Prize, AGNSW

2017Finalist – Sulman Prize, AGNSW

2016 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW

2017 Finalist – Mosman Art Prize, NSW
2017 Finalist – Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane

2016 Finalist – Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle, NSW.
2016 Winner – NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW

2016 Finalist – Paddington Art Prize, NSW

2015 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW. Finalist – Mosman Art Prize, NSW.

2015 Finalist – Kogarah Art Prize (commended) NSW
2015 Finalist – Mosman Art Prize, NSW
2015 Winner – Naked and Nude – Manning Art Prize. NSW

2015 Finalist – NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Finalist –

2015 Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane

2014 Finalist – Calleen Art Prize, Cowra, NSW
2014 Finalist – Wynne Art Prize for Landscape, AGNSW

2014 Finalist – Called Art Prize, NSW
2014 Finalist – Mosman Art Prize, NSW Finalist – Paddington Art Prize, NSW

2014 Finalist – Keduma Drawing Award, NSW 2014

2014 Finalist – Norville Art Prize, NSW

2013 Finalist – Manning Art Prize “Naked and the Nude” – Runner up.

2013Finalist – Wynne Prize for Landscape painting. Art Gallery of NSW.

2013 Finalist – Tattersals Landscape Art Prize, QLD.

2013 Finalist – Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Tasmania
2012 Finalist – Tattersals Landscape Art Prize, QLD.

2012 Finalist – Redland Art Award, QLD.
2012 Finalist – Kedumba Drawing Prize, NSW
2012 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW
2012 Finalist – Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Government House, Sydney

2012 Finalist – Paddignton Art Prize
2012 Salon De Refuses, Archibald Entry, SE Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2011 Finalist – Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Government House, Sydney

2010 Awarded Art Gallery of NSW Residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2010 Finalist – Archibald Prize, AGNSW

2010 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW

2010 Finalist – Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament
2009 Finalist – Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Government House, Sydney

2008 Finalist – 57th Blake Prize, Redland Art Prize, Queensland
2004 Salon de Refuses Wynne Entry – S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2003 Salon de Refuses Wynne Entry – S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney

SOLO EXIBITIONS

2017 Recent Paintings, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2017 New works, Chalkhorse, Sydney

2016 In a brighter light, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Resist the spirit of the times, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW

2014 What’s there is there, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney New Works,

2014 James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Gathered in Spring, Small works Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.

2013 Ménage, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2012 Douzième, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Genre, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2011 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Recent Works, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2009 New Paintings, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2008 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2006 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2005 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2004 Tim Olsen Gallery
2003 Tim Olsen Gallery Annex Sydney 2000 Global Gallery, Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery

2017 Art in Action, 3:33 Art Project, Lendlease, Sydney

2017 Artist Profile, Australian Painters, 2007 – 2017. Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

2017 Dog Days, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.
2016 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2016 Spring Fever, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2016 40 x 40 show, Wagner Gallery, Sydney
2016 Seeing in Darjeeling Cox Gallery, Canberra
2016 Self Portraits on paper Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Charity Auction

2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery,

2015 Sydney Art Stage Singapore, Singapore. With James Makin Gallery

2015 40 x 40 show, Wagner Gallery, Sydney
2015 11.11.15, Home@735, Redfern, Sydney
2015 Salon Des Refuses SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2015 Hurford Hardwood Portrait Price, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSWMosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2015 Naked and Nude, Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, NSW

2015 Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize Tattersall’s Club Brisbane

2014 Hill End Group Show, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2012 Salon des Refuses – SE Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2011 Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

Salon des Refuses, S. H Erwin Gallery, Sydney

2010 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Sydney

Stations of the Cross, Uniting Church, St Ives
2008 2 x 2 Group Exhibition, Tim Olsen Gallery Annex, Sydney

2007 Solstice, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2006 Art on the Rocks, Sydney
2003 Tim Olsen Gallery
2002 Flesh, Art House Gallery, Sydney

1999 Chelsea Art Show

COLLECTIONS

Redland Art Gallery, Queensland
Manning Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Australian Club Collection, Sydney
Numerous Private Art Collections throughout Australia and Europe