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Painting onsite, Salt Lakes

Robert Habel

Wall work, Drawing, Painting

Growing up in Northern Tasmania, painter Robert Habel’s family home overlooked the mountains and Tamar Valley. Inspired by his surrounds and the diversity of environments within close proximity, Habel began painting ‘en plein air’ as a student of fine art.

Today he continues to do so, enjoying a direct connection with his subject matter and the urgency of the process that imbues his work with a sense of energy. While some works are further developed in the studio, Habel is careful to preserve his initial response to his subject. With a general interest in human intervention in the landscape, he is attracted to the aesthetic potential of the dynamic, contemporary nature of industrial sites and those often topical and contested environments affected by changes in the climate.

Habel regularly exhibits work around Australia and has undertaken residencies in Singapore, Cairns and Tasmania.


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CV

Solo Exhibitions

2016, Ben Lomond Salt Lakes, painting, Stillwater Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2016, Large Painting by Robert Habel, Worth Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2015, Contested Landscapes, Gallery 1855, Adelaide, Australia
2014, Days at Deddington, Brave Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia
2012, Palmer Landscapes Double Happiness, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, South Australia, Australia
2011, Energy Landscapes: the new frontier, RiAus, The Science Exchange, Adelaide, Australia
2011, Cairns: In the Company of Strangers, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Australia
2009, The Cedars Revisited, The Cedars, Heysen Festival, Hahndorf, South Australia, Australia
2009, Santos Factory at Night, Adelaide Festival Centre, South Australia, Australia
2008, Intimi, Fox Creek Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
2007, Travels Through Topical Landscapes, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, Australia
2007, Havin’ fun in the sun, Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
2006, Singapore Landscapes, Sculpture Square, Singapore
2005, Selected Paintings, Greenhill Galleries Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2004, Gillman in the CBD, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2017, Watershed Art Prize, John Harvey Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2016, Watershed Art Prize, John Harvey Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2015, Place Space Pattern, Worth Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2015, Watershed Art Prize, John Harvey Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2015, Paint, Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Australia
2014, Watershed Art Prize, John Harvey Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2014, Well Made, Guildhouse Members Exhibition, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2013, Fleurieu Art Prize, Stationmasters Gallery Strathalbyn, South Australia, Australia
2011, Wishlist, Craftsouth, Adelaide, Australia
2010, In Partnership, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston and Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania, Australia
2009, Visage, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2008, Glover Prize, John Glover Society, Tasmania, Australia
2007, Shine, Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
2006, The Biennale Invitational Exhibition, Fleurieu Biennale, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Education

1992, Master of Visual Arts Degree, University of South Australia
1989, Post Graduate Diploma of Art, South Australian College of Advanced Education
1984, Diploma of Fine Art, Tasmanian College of Advanced Education

Residencies

2011, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns City Council, Queensland
2007, Poimena, Launceston Grammar School, Tasmania
2006, Sculpture Square, Singapore

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Robert Habel, Heimaey Island, Iceland, 2016.

Robert Habel | Adelaide Film Festival

19 Sep 2017

Congratulations to Robert Habel whose collaborative feature film project 'Atlantis, Iceland' will screen in the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival. In this experimental documentary-fiction hybrid, two friends visit Iceland and search for the elusive origins of the 1965 footage of Chris Marker's film 'Sunless'. Their journey brings them into contact with punk rockers, politicians and Icelandic mysticism and folklore. Presented at ADL Film Fest as a work-in-progress, the film screens on 13 & 14 October. Also screening in Reykjavik Film Festival (September 28- October 8) and the Antenna Documentary Film Festival in Festival in Sydney (screening October 14, 15).

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Robert Habel | BioCup Commission

27 Apr 2017

Robert Habel's painting 'Gillman' is featured in a recent BioCup Art Series. Kate Armstrong, Creative Producer and Curator said of the series, "The project aims to raise awareness about the environmental impact of single use disposable packaging and provide solutions that are non-toxic, non-harmful and have no negative effects on the natural environment throughout their lifecycle. We aim to inspire creatives to use their artistic voice to create a positive social impact and hope to encourage consumers to start a meaningful conversation over coffee! We love featuring the work of Australian and New Zealand artists who explore positive environmental messages."

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