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ARTIST PROFILE

HILARIE MAIS
Born 1952, Leeds, United Kingdom

Educated at Bradford School of Art, Winchester School of Art and The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Hilarie Mais held her first solo exhibition in 1977 at Cuningham Ward Gallery in SoHo, New York, followed by other exhibitions at Cuningham Ward and the Madeline Carter Gallery, Boston (both 1979). During this early intensive period in her working development, when deconstructive and feminist discourses were at their dialectical apogee, Hilarie Mais’s largely constructive sculptural works became increasingly subjective and associative in character, culminating in her 1979–80 ‘Weapon Series’, shown at the Betty Cuningham Gallery (1981). Hilarie Mais also took part in various group exhibitions in the United States and Britain at this time. In 1980, Hilarie Mais came to Sydney, where she continues to live and work. Her first Australian works were exhibited in 1984 in the exhibition ‘New Friends’ at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. She joined Sherman Galleries in 1994, where she has since held seven solo exhibitions. In all, Hilarie Mais has held 24 solo exhibitions and been included in 90 group exhibitions in Australia, the United States, Asia and Europe, including the Australian Sculpture Triennials (1984, 1987), Australian Perspecta (1985), the Biennale of Sydney (1986, 1988), ‘Dissonance, Frames of Reference: Aspects of Feminism and Art’ (1991) and ‘Spirit and Place: Art in Australia 1861–1996’ (1996). Retrospective survey exhibitions of her works were held at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (1990) and the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery (2004).
Hilarie Mais has received numerous awards, including an Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries and numerous regional gallery collections, as well as corporate and private collections in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

BIOGRAPHY
1970–71 Bradford School of Art
1971–74 Winchester School of Art, BA, 1st Class Honours
1975–77 Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London
1977–79 New York Studio School
1979–80 Artist-in-Residence, State University of New York
Purchase, New York
1981 Moved to Australia
Currently lives and works in Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1977 Cuningham Ward, New York
1979 Cuningham Ward, New York
Madeline Carter, Boston
1981 Betty Cuningham, New York
1984 New Friends, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1986 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1987 Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1988 Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1989 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Hilarie Mais: Australian Works: 1982–1990, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide;
Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart
1992 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1994 Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1997 Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth
Conversations, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1998 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Weather, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Arrivals: Olympic Harbour of Life Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2001 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2002 In Side: An Exhibition in Two Parts, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney; Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2004 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Hilarie Mais: Survey of Works 1974–2004, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
2005 Divide, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1974 Seven Sculptors, Southern Arts, Guildhall Gallery, Winchester, UK
1977 Artists Choice, Audubon Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, US
1978 Bard Invitational, Bard College, New York State
Mais, Rivlin, Walker, Cuningham Ward, New York
1979 Recent Directions in Sculpture, NYSS Gallery, New York
Critics Choice, Atlantis Gallery, London
Abstract Australian Sculpture from 1970: A Continuing Tradition, 4th Biennale of Sydney Satellite Exhibitions, Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney
1984 Australian Sculpture Now: 2nd Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
New Sculptors/New Sculpture, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1985 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1986 Australian Perspecta Touring Exhibition
An Interrupted Dialogue, Artspace, Sydney
Origins, Originality + Beyond: 6th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney
The 1980s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1987 Third Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
87 Voyage of Discovery, Crescent Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1988 The Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Australian Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
From the Southern Cross: Australian Biennale 1988, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1989 Delineations/Exploring Drawing, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
1990 Strange Harmony of Contrasts, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and regional tour
1991 Dissonance, Frames of Reference: Aspects of Feminism and Art,
Artspace/Pier 4–5, Walsh Bay, Sydney
1992 New York Studio School Alumni Show, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney and regional tour
1993 Approaches to the Sublime: Aspects of the Esoteric in Contemporary Painting, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Poetics of Immanence, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
1994 Circle, Line, Square: Aspects of Geometry, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW
Reinventing the Grid, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
The Baillieu Myer Collection of the 80s, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
The Blake Prize Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney and Australian tour
1995 Window on Australia I, Australian Embassy, Tokyo
The National Women’s Art Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
The Loti and Victor Smorgon Gift of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1996 Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia, Oxy Gallery, Osaka; Hakone Museum, Japan; Dong Ah Gallery, Seoul; Kaohsiung Museum, Taiwan
Rites for an Anxious Spring, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
Flagging The Republic, Sherman Galleries, Sydney and Australian tour
Spirit and Place, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1997 Silent Rhythm, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
The Crate Show, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Tokyo International Art Festival, Kokusai Forum, Tokyo
1998 Material Perfection: Minimalism and its Aftermath, from the Kerry Stokes Collection, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth
1998–99 Southern Reflections, Stockholm Kulturhuset, Sweden; Konsthallen Göteborg, Sweden; Stenersen Museum, Oslo; Gallery Otso, Helsinki, Finland
1999–2001 Home and Away: Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art from the Chartwell Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland; Govett Brewster Art Gallery; Waikato Museum of Art and History; Manawatu Art Gallery; DPArt Gallery; City Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Recent Acquisitions, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
2000 Monochromes, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane
2001 A Century of Collecting 1901–2001, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Chicago 2001, Navy Pier, Chicago
Interiors, Customs House Gallery, Sydney
2002 Good Vibrations, Museum of Modern Art at Heide
2002–04 Fathoming: Contemporary Australian Sculpture, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland and Australian tour
2003 Against the Grain, Museum of Modern Art at Heide
2004 Untitled: Thinking About Abstraction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Site: [Unseen], Sherman Galleries at Danks Street, Depot Gallery, Sydney
One Of: Festivus 04, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 Shelf Life, Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth
NYSS Gallery, Studio School 40th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, New York

AWARDS
1973 Hampshire Art Award, U.K.
1977 Boise Scholarship, UCL, London
HFC Award, UCL, London
NYSS Fellowship, New York
1987 VA/CB Artist Grant
1993 Australia Council Fellowship
1994 The Blake Prize
1999 VISY Art Prize
2000 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Slade School of Fine Art, London
University College, London
Liszt Foundation, New York
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Parliament Collection, Canberra
University of New South Wales, Sydney
ArtBank, Sydney
Woolley & Associates, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Wollongong City Art Gallery, NSW
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Seidler Collection, Sydney
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Baillieu Myer Collection, Melbourne
ASER Sculpture Collection, Adelaide
Monash University, Melbourne
University of Tasmania, Hobart
Chartwell Collection, New Plymouth, NZ
ICI Collection, Melbourne
Mecenat Collection, Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Smorgon Contemporary Australian Collection, Melbourne
SA Brewing Collection, Adelaide
Medibank Collection, Canberra
Shell Collection, Melbourne
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
IBM Collection, Sydney
Australian Capital Equity Collection, Perth
Deutsche Bank, Sydney
Wesfarmers Collection, Perth
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
TAB Collection, Melbourne
Visy Board Collection, SA
Macquarie Bank, Sydney
Samsung Corporation, Seoul
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Besen Collection, Melbourne
Gippsland Regional Art Gallery
Australian National University, Canberra

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