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.
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: Brent Harris/John Meade, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2018; TarraWarra Biennial: From Will to Form, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 2018; The Enigma Code, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2018; 9 x 5 exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; 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; PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 2011; 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.
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