Born 1949, Tehran, Iran

Hossein Valamanesh combines cultural elements from two countries: his native Iran and Australia. The result is sculptural and installation-based work relating to memory, cultural dislocation, loss, and the progression of time. The work, simultaneously strong and subtle, and occasionally playful, has gentle and poetic resonances.

Hossein Valamanesh graduated from the School of Fine Art Painting in Tehran in 1970. He immigrated to Australia in 1973, arriving in Perth and travelling to Central Australia for four months, where he worked with Aboriginal children. In 1975, he began further studies in visual arts at the South Australian School of Art and, since graduating, has exhibited frequently in Australia and overseas, including Germany, Poland and Japan.

Hossein has completed a number of major public art projects in Australia and Japan, most notably for the Tachikawa Project, an urban precinct in Tokyo featuring 110 works by 90 major sculptors. In 1999, he collaborated with Angela Valamanesh to create the Memorial to the Great Irish Famine, An Gorta Mor, at Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney. He was one of the international artists invited to participate in the 2003 Echigo-Tsumari Necklace project organised by Art Front Gallery in Tokyo. Hossein has received numerous awards, including a fellowship residency in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1991) and, more recently, an Australia Council Fellowship. An Art & Australia monograph on his work, written by Paul Carter, was published in 1996. Two years later he won the Grand Prize at the 1998 Dacca Biennale in Bangladesh.

In mid-2001, ‘Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey’ was held at the Art Gallery of South Australia; the accompanying catalogue contained essays by Sarah Thomas, Ian North and Paul Carter. In February 2002, ‘Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh’ was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Hossein’s work is included in most major public art collections in Australia. He lives and works in Adelaide.

1970 Graduated, School of Fine Art, Tehran
1973 Emigrated to Australia
1974 Travelled to Central Australia as Art Adviser with Aboriginal children
1977 Graduated, South Australian School of Art
Currently lives and works in Adelaide

2006 Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2004 Hossein Valamanesh and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Natural Selection, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
Bett Gallery Hobart
2002 Travel Tales, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh Recent Works, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2001 Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Hargrave
2000 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1999 internal travel, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1998 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Tracing the Shadow, Art Front and Hillside Galleries, Tokyo
1996 Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney 1995 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Viewers and Audiences, Wollongong City Art Gallery, NSW
1994 The Lover Circles His Own Heart, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1993 The Lover Circles His Own Heart, Centre for Contemporary Art,
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
1991 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1990 Hossein Valamanesh 1980–1990, Contemporary Art Centre of
South Australia, Adelaide
Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1988 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1987 Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide
1986 Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne
Walter Reid Art Centre, Rockhampton
1985 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1984 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1983 Bonython Gallery, Adelaide
1981 Bonython Gallery, Adelaide
Praxis Gallery, Perth
Execution Installation, Roundspace Gallery, Adelaide
1980 Festival Centre Gallery, Adelaide
1977 Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
1972 Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

2006 Found Out, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a State of Encounter, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Prism: Contemporary Australian Art, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
2006 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
Photographic Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Highly Commended)
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2006: 21st Century Modern, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2005 MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Mentor, Mentored, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
Text Me, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 One Of: Festivus 04, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Fire Dreaming, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney
Skin, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart
Hossein Valamanesh and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2002 2002: The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Shape of Air, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
Deeper Places, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
BORDERPANIC, Performance Space, Sydney
Nelson + Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Hargrave
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2001 the self, freespace Project Space, S.C.A.A., Wynyard
Hermanns Art Award, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, travelling to Tamworth City Gallery, NSW; Tweed River Regional Gallery, NSW; Hermanns Melbourne Stores, VIC; Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC; Wollongong City Gallery, NSW; New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW; Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery & Arts Centre, NSW; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
A Century of Collecting 1901–2001, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
7th NICAF: International Contemporary Art Festival 2001 Tokyo, Tokyo International
Forum, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Orbit, University of South Australia Art Museum, adelaide
2000 ARCO, Madrid, Spain
Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan
Chemistry: Art in South Australia 1990–2000, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Defiling the Object, Substation Gallery, Singapore
1999–2000 The Rose Crossing, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Brisbane; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
1999 1999 Hermanns Art Award, Melbourne
Volume and Form, Singapore
1998 Something, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
1997–98 Other Stories: Five Australian Artists, Asialink exhibition, travelling to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal
1997 Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, Temple of Earth Memories, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1996 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD
1995 Entrance, installation, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
1994 Aussemblage!, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand
1993 Various Small Fires, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Symbols and Metaphors, Union Gallery, Adelaide
Images of a First Language, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide
Fifth Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne
Inner Land, Gallery Soko, Tokyo
Identities: Art From Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1991 Gallery Gordon, Pym & Fils, Paris
1990 Heart of Gold, State Bank Building, Adelaide Festival of Arts
1989 The Quarries: An Archaeology, Mount Gambier, SA
Metro-Mania, Australia and Regions Art Exchange, Perth
1988 Monuments, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide Festival of Arts
1987 Painters & Sculptors, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Third Australian Sculpture Triennial, Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne
Australian Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Siatama, Japan
Some Provincial Myths, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide
1986 Praxis in Practice, Praxis, Perth
Culture Drift, Adelaide Festival of Arts
Sculpture, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
1985 Singular and Plural, South Australian School of Art Gallery, Adelaide
Common Earth, Alive and Unfired, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1984 Twenty-Six Characters, Adelaide Festival of Arts
Small Wonders, Roundspace Members, Adelaide Festival of Arts
Australian Sculpture, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
On-Site, Tasmanian School of Art Gallery, Hobart
1983 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
Survey of Recent South Australian Sculpture, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Anzart -In-Hobart, Tasmania
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1982 Roundspace Members, Festival Exhibition
1981 First Australian Sculpture Triennial, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Centenary Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Relics and Rituals, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1979 April/May Show, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Four Young Artists, Contemporary Art Society, Adelaide
Installation, Roundspace Gallery, Adelaide
1978 Adelaide University Gallery, SA

2006 Artist in residence, Aomori, Japan
2005 Artist in residence, Sydney Grammar School, NSW
2000 Artist in residence, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW
Artist in residence, School of Art, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
Asialink residency, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
1998 Grand Prize at the Dacca Biennale, Bangladesh
Australia Council Fellowship
1991 Visual Arts/Crafts Board Fellowship Residency, Kunstlerhaus, Bethanien, Berlin
1988 Town Artist, City of Noarlunga, SA
1986 Artist in residence, Rockhampton, QLD
1983 Artist in residence, Mount Gambier, SA
1982 Visual Arts Board Grant, Australia Council
1981 Artist in residence, Praxis, Perth
1979 Visual Arts Board Grant, Australia Council
1978 Lidums Art Gallery Prize for Students
Protégé Prize, Masters Choice, Adelaide Festival of Arts

2005 14 Pieces, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh, North Terrace, Adelaide
2004 Unveiled, Australian Phenomics Facility, Australian National University, Canberra
1999 An Gorta Mor, Memorial to the Great Irish Famine, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh
1996 Fault Line, Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne
1994 You just sit here..., Tachikawa Project, Tokyo, Japan
1992–93 Garden of Memories, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh,
housing development, Pennington, South Australia
1991–93 Journey, sculptural environment, Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney
1990 Growing Up, sculptural commission, 81 Flinders Street, Adelaide
1989 Knocking from the Inside, sculptural environment, ASER Complex, Adelaide
1988 Sculptural environment, Festival Centre Plaza, Adelaide
Recent Arrival, lithograph, Bicentennial Folio, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1986 Target Practice, University of Adelaide
Lithograph, Adelaide City Council
1985–88 Magic Carpet, sculpture for atrium of Commonwealth Centre, Adelaide
1982–83 Water-lines, environmental sculpture, South Australian College of
Arts and Education, Adelaide
1980 Dwelling, Roundspace project, Adelaide Festival of Arts

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
National Gallery of New Zealand
Alice Springs Art Centre, NT
Gryphon Gallery, The University of Melbourne, VIC
University of Queensland, Brisbane
University of South Australia, Adelaide
University of Western Australia, Perth
Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth

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