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. Meade’s superior use of colour, material, and surface, culminate in eccentric and immaculate sculptures that claim their space with a formidable presence.
Born in Ballarat in 1956, Naarm/Melbourne-based sculptor John Meade is one of Australia’s leading artists and has held regular exhibitions with galleries and museums since 1995.
John Meade is an Honorary (Fellow), Fine Arts and Music (VCA), University of Melbourne.
Selected solo exhibitions include: John Meade: It’s Personal!, McClelland, Melbourne, 2023; Round World, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2023; Sign Language, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, 2021; Something for Everyone, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; Set Pieces, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Autumn 2014, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Objects to Live By: The Art of John Meade, Latrobe Valley Regional Gallery and touring nationally, 2010-2011; Show Business, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; 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.
Selected group exhibitions include: LAZAR!, Hayden’s Gallery, Melbourne, 2022; Who’s Afraid of Public Space?, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2022; Connecting the World through Sculpture: In the Air, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, 2021; . . . illegible . . ., MADA Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; Brent Harris/John Meade, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2018; TarraWarra Biennial: From Will to Form, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 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; 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.Artist's CV (PDF)
Meade’s omnivorous eye submits even the most base or trivial things to close scrutiny, eliciting essential qualities of beauty, strength, repulsion or desire…Russell Storer, 2006