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Conceptual artist Hossein Valamanesh was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1949, where he graduated from the School of Fine Art in 1970. In 1973 he emigrated to Australia and the following year travelled to Central Australia as Art Adviser with Aboriginal children. In 1977 he received his MA at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide, South Australia, where he has lived and worked ever since. Valamanesh has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad.

BREATH (2013)

Recent solo shows include "Angela & Hossein Valamanesh", Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2014); Binns + Valamanesh, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2014); Literary Notions, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (2014); "Breath", Rose Issa Projects, London (2013); "Hossein & Angela Valamanesh", Breenspace Sydney (2013); "Selected works", 1992-2013, Grey Noise Gallery Dubai UAEA (2013); “Hossein Valamanesh” at the Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (2012); “In My Mother’s Hands”, at the Grant Pirrie Gallery, Sydney (2011); “Hossein Valamanesh”, at the Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (2010); “Hossein Valamanesh”, at the AMA Gallery, Helsinki and “No Love Lost”, Grant Pirrie Gallery, Sydney (both 2009); “Hossein Valamanesh”, Turner Gallery, Perth (2008); “This Will Also Pass”, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide (2007); “Hossein Valamanesh”, Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2006); “Natural Selection”, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra (2003); “Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh, Recent Works”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2002); “Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey”, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2001); “Tracing the Shadow”, Art Front and Hillside Galleries, Tokyo (1997); “The Lover Circles His Own Heart”, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (1993); Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1991); “Hossein Valamanesh, 1980–1990”, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (1990); as well as numerous shows at the Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne (1990-93); Macquarie Galleries, Sydney (1984-93); and Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide (1981-87).

Valamanesh has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including "Jardins de bagatelle II", Galerie Tanit, Munich (2014); "Australia", Royal Academy of Arts, London (2013); "Heartland", Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2013); "WOOD art design architecture", Jam Factory, Adelaide (2013); "Persian for Beginners", Rose Issa Projects (2012); Rose Issa Projects at Art Dubai (2012); Kochi Muziris Biennale, India (2012); “Generations”, Wollongong City Gallery, New South Wales (2011); “Great Collections”, Museums & Galleries of New South Wales touring exhibition (2009); “Handle with Care”, 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2008); “Prism: Contemporary Australian Art”, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo (2006); “Clemenger Contemporary Art Award”, NGV Australia, Melbourne (2006); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata, Japan and “Chemistry: Art in South Australia, 1990–2000”, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (both 2000); “The Rose Crossing”, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Brisbane and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (1999–2000); “Other Stories: Five Australian Artists”, Asia-link travelling exhibition to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal (1997–98); “Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, Temple of Earth Memories”, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (1997); “Aussemblage!”, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland (1994); “Inner Land”, Gallery Soko, Tokyo and “Identities: Art From Australia”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (both 1993); and “Australian Contemporary Art”, Museum of Modern Art, Siatama, Japan (1987).

Over his forty-year career Valamanesh has been awarded several grants, prizes and residencies from institutions around the world. These include the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2014); the artist-in-residence programmes at the Turner Galleries and Central TAFE, Perth (2008); Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan (2006); The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra (2006); Sydney Grammar School, Sydney (2005); Stein am Rhein, Switzerland (2001); School of Art, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (2000); Asia-link at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2000); the Visual Arts/Crafts Board Fellowship at the Kunstlerhaus, Bethanien, Berlin (1991) and the Perth Praxis, Perth (1981). He also won the Grand Prize at the Dhaka Biennale, Bangladesh (1998); a fellowship from the Australia Council (1998); and a grant from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council (1982).

Valamanesh has worked on a wide variety of special commissions at home and abroad. These include collaborations with his wife, the ceramicist Angela Valamanesh, on “Gingko Gate Botanic Gardens”, Adelaide (2011); “14 Pieces”, for the North Terrace, Adelaide (2005); and “An Gorta Mor: Memorial to the Great Irish Famine” at the Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney (1999). He also designed the sets for “When the Rain Stops Falling”, Brink Productions, Adelaide Festival (2008); and created “You Just Sit Here, I Will Keep My Eyes Open”, for the FARET Tachikawa Project, Tokyo (1994) and “Knocking from the Inside” at the ASER Complex, Adelaide (1989).

Works by Valamanesh feature in numerous national and international private and public institutions, a small selection of which includes the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland; the Museum of New Zealand-Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; and the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.

Valamanesh also featured in the recent book, Heartland: contemporary art from South Australia, by Nici Cumpston and Lisa Slade (Thames & Hudson, 2013) and the recent series on Australian art, "The Art of Australia", presented by Edmund Capon (October 2013, ABC Arts Television).


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