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Robin Eley (born in London, England in 1978) is an Australian hyperrealist painter.

Personal lifeEdit

Eley was born to an Australian father and Chinese mother.[1] In 1981 his family migrated to Australia[2] where he completed his secondary education at Pembroke School. In 1997 he moved to the United States where he would attend Westmont College, captaining the basketball team[3] and earning a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fine Art in 2001.[4]

ExhibitionsEdit

Eley is currently represented by Hill Smith Gallery in Australia and 101/exhibit in the United States. He has held two solo exhibitions at Hill Smith Gallery. In 2012, his debut solo exhibition "Singularity" sold out prior to the opening.[5] His second solo exhibition "Idolatry" opened at Hill Smith Gallery in June, 2013.[6] He has also participated in several group exhibitions, most notably "Chinese Australia" at Ausin Tung Gallery in Melbourne, Australia in 2012,[7] "Journeys - Westmont Alumni Artists Invitational" at The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA, USA in 2012,[8] "BMG - First Look" at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York, NY, USA in 2013 [9] and Koi No Yokan at 101/exhibit in Los Angeles, CA, USA in 2013.[10]

WorkEdit

His work was recently recognized in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (highly commended runner-up in 2010 and highly commended 3rd place in 2011). He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2012. His debut solo exhibition Singularity recently concluded at Hill Smith Gallery in South Australia.

Awards and GrantsEdit

Eley has been a finalist in numerous Australian art prizes, most notably Runner Up (2010)[11] and Highly Commended (2011)[12] in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world's richest prize for portraiture. In addition, he has also been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2012),[13] the Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (2010, 2012) [14] and the Nora Heysen Still Life Art Award (2011).[15] In 2012 he was the recipient of an International Presentation Grant from Arts SA [16] which enabled him to accept an invitation to travel to the United States to exhibit his work at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara,California. His work is also included in the museum's permanent collection.[17]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chinese Australia Exhibition Catalogue, p.30, http://acaf.org.au/uploads/images/Download%20Files/Chinese_Australia_Catalogue_2012.pdf
  2. ^ Robin Eley: Bibliography, Archibald Prize 2012, The Art Gallery of NSW http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2012/29226/
  3. ^ "Robin Eley biography", Hill Smith Gallery http://www.hillsmithgallery.com.au/artists/robin-eley
  4. ^ "Robin Eley biography", Hill Smith Gallery http://www.hillsmithgallery.com.au/artists/robin-eley
  5. ^ "Arts, About Town - Adelaide", The Australian Financial Review, February 2012
  6. ^ "Robin Eley's Hyperrealist Paintings Show the Sexy Side of Plastic", Huffington Post USA, July 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/robin-eley_n_3566023.html
  7. ^ Australia China Art Foundation, Chinese Australia http://acaf.org.au/exhibitions/chinese_australia
  8. ^ Josef Woodard, "Journeys, Exhibition Review", Santa Barbara News Press USA, October 2012
  9. ^ "BMG First Look, Exhibition Review", ArtDaily, January 2013 http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=60198#.UcxHz-vgA5I
  10. ^ Jeffrey Carlson, "Koi No Yokan, Exhibition Review", Fine Art Today USA, June 2013 http://www.fineartconnoisseur.com/-Koi-No-Yokan-Group-Show-at-101-exhibit/16631749
  11. ^ Patrick McDonald, "A Timely Portrait", The Advertiser, August 2010
  12. ^ "Robin Eley biography", Hill Smith Gallery http://www.hillsmithgallery.com.au/artists/robin-eley
  13. ^ Robin Eley: Bibliography, Archibald Prize 2012, The Art Gallery of NSW http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2012/29226/
  14. ^ "Robin Eley biography", Hill Smith Gallery http://www.hillsmithgallery.com.au/artists/robin-eley
  15. ^ "Robin Eley biography", Hill Smith Gallery http://www.hillsmithgallery.com.au/artists/robin-eley
  16. ^ "Robin Eley biography", Hill Smith Gallery http://www.hillsmithgallery.com.au/artists/robin-eley
  17. ^ Josef Woodard, "Journeys, Exhibition Review", Santa Barbara News Press USA, October 2012