Robert Malherbe

Robert Malherbe

    • Artist’s Statement

      Using dense impasto surfaces and a luscious appliqué of oil paint, often in a restricted palette, Robert Malherbe generates a startling sense of immediacy in his works. Moving paint freely around the canvas he captures 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. In both his landscape oriented and figurative paintings he imparts a rich and pervasive sensuality.

      Robert Malherbe is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, most recently he was a finalist in both the 2018 and 2019 Wynne Prize and the 2018 Archibald Prize. Malherbe He has been awarded the NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize (2016) and the Manning Art Prize (2015).

    • Awards

      2020 Finalist - Paddington Art Prize
      2019 Finalist - Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
      Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery
      Finalist - Wynne Prize, AGNSW
      2018 Finalist - Archibald Prize, AGNSW
      Finalist - Sulman Prize, AGNSW
      2017 Finalist - Archibald Prize, AGNSW
      Finalist - Sulman Prize, AGNSW
      2016 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW
      Finalist - Mosman Art Prize, NSW
      Finalist - Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane
      Finalist - Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle, NSW
      Winner - NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW
      Finalist - Paddington Art Prize, NSW
      2015 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW
      Finalist – Mosman Art Prize, NSW
      Finalist - Kogarah Art Prize (commended) NSW
      Finalist - Mosman Art Prize, NSW
      Winner - Naked and Nude - Manning Art Prize, NSW
      Finalist - NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW
      Finalist - Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane
      2014 Finalist – Calleen Art Prize, Cowra, NSW
      Finalist – Wynne Art Prize for Landscape, AGNSW
      Finalist - Called Art Prize, NSW
      Finalist – Mosman Art Prize, NSW
      Finalist – Paddington Art Prize, NSW
      Finalist – Keduma Drawing Award, NSW
      Finalist – Norville Art Prize, NSW
      2013 Finalist – Manning Art Prize “Naked and the Nude” – Runner up
      Finalist – Wynne Prize for Landscape painting, Art Gallery of NSW
      Finalist – Tattersals Landscape Art Prize, QLD
      Finalist – Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Tasmania
      2012 Finalist – Tattersals Landscape Art Prize, QLD
      Finalist – Redland Art Award, QLD
      Finalist – Kedumba Drawing Prize, NSW
      Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW
      Finalist – Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Government House, Sydney
      Finalist – Paddington Art Prize
      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
      Finalist – Archibald Prize, AGNSW
      Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW
      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

    • Exhibitions

      SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

      2020 The Darlinghurst Suite, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin
      The Human Landscape, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney
      Motherland, Caudan Arts Centre, Port Louis
      2019 Recent Work, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      Painted from Life, Jan Murphy Gallery, Melbourne
      2017 Recent Paintings, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      New works, Chalkhorse, Sydney
      2016 In a brighter light, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
      Resist the spirit of the times, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW
      2014 What’s there is there, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney
      New Works, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      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
      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

      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
      2020 Summer Hang, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
      2019 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      2019 I HEART Paint, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
      2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      Art in Action, 3:33 Art Project, Lendlease, Sydney
      Artist Profile, Australian Painters, 2007 - 2017, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
      Dog Days, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
      2016 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
      Spring Fever, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
      40 x 40 show, Wagner Gallery, Sydney
      Seeing in Darjeeling, Cox Gallery, Canberra
      Self Portraits on Paper, Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Charity Auction
      2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery, Sydney
      Art Stage Singapore, Singapore, with James Makin Gallery
      40 x 40 show, Wagner Gallery, Sydney
      11.11.15, Home@735, Redfern, Sydney
      Salon Des Refuses SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
      Hurford Hardwood Portrait Price, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
      Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
      Naked and Nude, Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, NSW
      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

      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

      2020 Summer Hang, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
      2019 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      2019 I HEART Paint, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
      2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      Art in Action, 3:33 Art Project, Lendlease, Sydney
      Artist Profile, Australian Painters, 2007 - 2017, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
      Dog Days, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
      2016 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
      Spring Fever, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
      40 x 40 show, Wagner Gallery, Sydney
      Seeing in Darjeeling, Cox Gallery, Canberra
      Self Portraits on Paper, Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Charity Auction
      2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery, Sydney
      Art Stage Singapore, Singapore, with James Makin Gallery
      40 x 40 show, Wagner Gallery, Sydney
      11.11.15, Home@735, Redfern, Sydney
      Salon Des Refuses SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
      Hurford Hardwood Portrait Price, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
      Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
      Naked and Nude, Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, NSW
      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

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  • Robert Malherbe

    Mountain's Road
    56 x 66 cm oil on linen $6,200.00
  • Robert Malherbe

    Small Work 9
    30.5 x 25.5 cm oil on linen $3,000.00
  • Robert Malherbe

    Small Work 15
    30.5 x 25.5 cm oil on linen $3,000.00
  • Robert Malherbe

    Southcoast October
    45.7 x 61 cm oil on linen $5,700.00
  • Robert Malherbe

    Small Work 8
    30.5 x 25.5 cm oil on linen $3,000.00
  • Robert Malherbe

    Streetscape 2
    36 x 46.5 cm oil on linen $4,800.00