John Meade


Born 1956, Ballarat. Lives and works in Melbourne.

Combining the rigours of geometry with soft organic forms, John Meade works in an intuitive way to materialise his ideas, creating tightly orchestrated pieces that explore the metaphysical, the surreal and the erotic. Tapping into the real and the subconscious, playing with scale and expectation, Meade uses minimalism and messiness, the deliberate and the accidental, to explore extremes of form and intensities of emotion. Meade employs his superior use of colour, form and material to produce eccentric and immaculate sculptures that generate a collective presence.

Meade completed tertiary studies between 1991 and 2004. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1994, a Master of Arts by Research (Sculpture) from RMIT University in 2000, and a Master of Arts (Studio Art) from New York University in 2004. His work is held in distinguished public collections, as well as private and corporate collections.

Select solo exhibitions: Set Pieces, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Autumn 2014, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; The Desultory Arabesque, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Objects to Live By: The Art of John Meade, Latrobe Valley Regional Gallery and touring nationally, 2010-2011; Show Business, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; New Weekly, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2008; Aftermath, Sutton Galley, Melbourne, 2005; Incident in the Museum 2: John Meade, MUMA, Melbourne, 2005; Dreamer, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2004; Objects and Protestations, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2003; Propulsion, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001.

Select group exhibitions: TarraWarra Biennial: From Will to Form, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 2018; The Enigma Code, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2018; Benglis 73/74, Neon Parc in association with Sutton Project Space and TCB, Melbourne, 2014; The Gathering ll: A Survey of Australian Sculpture, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, 2014; Sleep on the Left Side, Gallery Seven Art, New Delhi, 2012; SEXES, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2012; ShContemporary 08, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, China, 2008; Before The Body -- Matter, MUMA, Melbourne, 2006; Adventures with Form in Space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: 21st Century Modern, Adelaide, 2006.

Select commissions: Everyday Devotional, Sunland Group, Abian Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, 2017; Riverside Corolla, DEXUS, Southbank, Melbourne, 2011; Screw Babs, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2010; Aqualung, Lend Lease, Docklands, Melbourne, 2006.


John Meade CV 2018

Artwork by John Meade

Silvia, 2014

cast aluminum, automotive coating, horsehair, linen thread
52 x 48 x 18cm