Stevens Street Gallery

Andrew Shillam

Artist Statement

I see my art as part of a tradition of abstract based artwork. Ancient and primitive cultures have used abstract relations to great effect. Throughout time subject matter has been stylized for the feelings it has created. I think the power of visual art; it is fair to say comes from the design of abstract parts more than the subject itself. Early twentieth century art was largely influenced by the art of ancient and primitive cultures. My work shows the influence of both the modernists and the art of other cultures such as Cycladic art.

My main concern is that a significant experience is stimulated from the composition. I am interested in carving natural materials such as stone and wood. My subjects are usually figurative; human or animal. I am interested in how to stylize these subjects into self sufficient works of art. I like pure abstract work but I prefer my work to do two things; create a subject that is also a living visual composition.



1974 Born Brisbane.

1992 HSC Grafton High School.

1995 Bachelor of Visual Art, the University of Newcastle.

1996 Graduate Diploma of Art, the University of Newcastle.

2000- 2001 Travel and work in the U.K.

2002-2003 Employed as a Demonstrator in Ceramics at the University of Newcastle.

2004 Employed as a Demonstrator in Sculpture at the University of Newcastle.

2004 Certificate 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Duo Exhibitions

2016- Constructions, with Rindi Salomon, Irons and Craig Café, Yamba.

2015- Landscape with Figures, with Rindi Salomon, Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle

2015- Not for ambition or bread, with Rindi Salomon, Grafton Regional Gallery

2012- Cubist Frottage, with Rindi Salomon, Steps Gallery, Melbourne

2011-Under the Cubist Sun, with Rindi Salomon, Grafton Regional Gallery

2006- Night City, with Rindi Salomon, Grafton Regional Gallery 

2002- Feeding the Goat Flowers, with Rindi Salomon, John Paynter Gallery.

1998- Spirit Song, with Rindi Salomon, Gibson St Gallery, Cooks hill, Newcastle.

Solo Exhibitions

2009- New Work, John Miller Gallery. (37 Darby St, Newcastle)

2007- Faces of the City, Kenthurst Galleries (39 Kenthurst Rd, Sydney)

        – Recent Work, John Miller Gallery.

2005- Man and Beast, John Miller Gallery.

2003- Translations, John Miller Gallery.

2002- Drawing and Sculpture, Von Bertouch Gallery (61 Laman St, Newcastle)

1999- Beyond Opposites, Lindsay St Gallery (Hamilton, Newcastle.)

        – John Paynter Gallery (Newcastle East)

1998- John Paynter Gallery

1997- Kensen Gallery (King St, Newcastle)

1996- Back to Back Gallery (57 Bull St, Newcastle)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009– Newcastle by Name 2, Final Exhibition John Miller Gallery.

        – True To Form, Grafton Regional Gallery.

2003- Curated Beyond the Word exhibition for Newcastle Fiesta.

2000- Old Warehouse Gallery (Dorchester, U.K.)

1998- Collectors Choice, Von Bertouch Gallery.

1997- Staged Works, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

1996- In Situ, Back to Back Gallery.


Maitland Regional Art Gallery Collection

Grafton Regional Gallery Collection

Private collections in Australia, U.K. and Mexico


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