Photo: Bruce Esplin © 2015

Photo: Bruce Esplin © 2015

Robert Hague is an artist who brings an impeccable skill set to the contemporary scene. Throughout his work, he revels in ambiguity, conveying simultaneously elements of the heavy and light, the fixed and fluid and the brutal and gentle. He works across numerous media including, printmaking, video, painting and installation but with a concentration on sculpture, in both stone and metal.

From his studio in Newport, Melbourne, he has exhibited widely and is represented in major public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2010 his work was the subject of a ten year retrospective at Deakin University (Burwood). Recent exhibitions include ‘Common Ground’ at NGV International, ‘Porcelaine’ at Turner Galleries (Perth), the Blake Prize (awarded the Blake Residency), 'CRUSH' at Fehily Contemporary (Melbourne), the ‘Wynne Prize’ at AGNSW and 'Inaugural' at Nicholas Projects (Melbourne).

Robert migrated to Australia 30 years ago from small town NZ. He has two young sons.

 Self Portrait. 2018, acrylic polymer on board, 70 x 60 cm

Self Portrait. 2018, acrylic polymer on board, 70 x 60 cm


Robert Hague                                                                                   March 2018

b. 1967

Currently unrepresented commercially

Solo Exhibitions

2018     'JOY', Stockroom, Kyneton
2017     ‘Colossus’, Mars Gallery, Melbourne
2017     ‘Mine - Yours’, Stockroom, Kyneton
2016     ‘Porcelaine’, Turner Galleries, Perth
2015     ‘Erasure’, The Art Vault, Mildura
2014     ‘Crush’, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne
2013     ‘Deca: 2003-2013’, Deakin University Gallery, Melbourne
2012     ‘Monument’, Substation Arts Centre, Melbourne
2011      ‘200%’, The Arthouse, Christchurch
2010     ‘Twelve’, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
2008     ‘This Way’, The Arthouse, Christchurch
2008     ‘After Athena’, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
2004     ‘Sculpture’, Australian Art Resources, Sydney
2003     ‘Progression’, Stella Downer Fine Art, with Heidi Wood, Sydney
2003     ‘New Work’, Lister Calder Gallery, Perth

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    ‘Bowness Prize’, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
            ‘Black Swan Prize for Portraiture’, WA Art Gallery, Perth
2016    ‘Common Ground’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
            ‘The Substation Contemporary Art Prize’, Melbourne
            ‘National Photography Prize’, MAMA, Albury
            ‘The National Photographic Portrait Prize’, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
            ‘The Blake Prize’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW
2015    ‘Inaugural’, Nicholas Projects, Melbourne
            ‘The Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW
            ‘The Whyalla Art Prize’, Whyalla, South Australia
            ‘The Gippsland Print Award’, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
            ‘The Hobart Art Prize’, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Tasmania
            ‘The Geelong Print Prize’, Geelong Gallery, Victoria
            ‘Burnie Print Prize’, Burnie Regional Gallery, Tasmania
2014    ‘Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award’, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria
            ‘Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014, Lorne, Victoria
2013    ‘Compact’, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne
            ‘Construction’, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
            ‘Art on Paper’, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
            ‘CPM National Print Award’, Tweed River Gallery, NSW
            ‘On a Wing and a Prayer’, Mars Gallery, Port Melbourne, Vic
            ‘McClelland Sculpture Fair’, McClelland Sculpture Gallery. Victoria
            ‘Montalto Sculpture Prize’, Red Hill, Victoria
2012    ‘Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award’, Melbourne
            ‘The Substation Contemporary Art Prize’, Melbourne
            'The Maquette Show’, MARS, Melbourne
            ‘Melbourne Sculpture Prize’, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
            ‘A Public Art Perspective’, Alfred Deakin Place, Ballarat, Victoria
2011     ‘Object, 2011’, BMGArt, Adelaide
            ‘Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award’. Melbourne
            ‘Lorne Sculpture 2011’. Lorne, Victoria
            ‘The Substation Contemporary Art Prize’, Newport, Melbourne
            ‘En Masse', post earthquake show. The Arthouse, Christchurch, New Zealand
            ‘Small Sculpture 2011’, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
2010    ‘Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award’. Melbourne
            ‘Toyota Sculpture Exhibition’, Port Melbourne. Melbourne
            ‘Miscellanea’, Tim Olsen Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
            ‘Sculpture 2010’, Tim Olsen Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
            'Shapeshifter', NZ International Arts Festival. Wellington, New Zealand
2009    ‘Lorne Sculpture Exhibition’, Lorne, Victoria
             ‘Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award’, Melbourne
             ‘10th International Shoebox Sculpture’, University of Hawaii, USA
             ‘Object + Construct’, Axia Modern Art, Armadale, Melbourne
             ‘Sculpture in Central Otago, Rippon 2009’. Wanaka, New Zealand
2008    ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
             'Shapeshifter', NZ International Arts Festival, Wellington, New Zealand
2007     ‘Sculpture in Central Otago’, New Zealand
              La Maleta Gallery, Valladolid , Spain
             The Arthouse, Christchurch, New Zealand
             ‘Pequeña Escultura’, Tudela de Duero, Spain
2006     ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
             ‘Casuarina Sculpture Walk’, Casuarina Beach, NSW
             ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Cottesloe Beach, Perth
             ‘Shapeshifter’, NZ International Arts Festival, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
2005    ‘Sydney Art Fair’, AAR, Collectors Room, Horden Pavilion, Sydney
             ‘Agri4/Culture’, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor
             ‘Landscape & Beyond’, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
             ‘Toorak Festival of Sculpture’, Toorak, Melbourne
             ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Cottesloe Beach, Perth
             ‘Montalto Sculpture Prize’, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
2004    ‘Shanghai Art Fair’, AAR, Shanghai, China
             ‘Sculpture in the MLC’, MLC Building, Sydney
             ‘Sculpture in the Vines’, Hunter Valley
             ‘Sculpture 2004’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2003    ‘New work’, Mosman Public Art Gallery, Sydney
             ‘Miniature Sculpture’, BMG Art, Adelaide
             ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
             ‘Sculpture in the Vines’, Hunter Valley
2002    ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
             ‘Woollahra Sculpture Prize’, Double Bay, Sydney
             ‘Master Class’, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide
             ‘Sculpture in the City’, Martin Place, Sydney
             ‘Waverley Art Prize’, Waverley, Sydney
             ‘Pushing Abstraction’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
             ‘3 Dimensions of Sculpture’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2001     ‘Mine is Bigger than His’, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra
             ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
             ‘Objective’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
2000    ‘The Importance of Being Small’, King St Gallery and Defiance, Sydney
             ‘The Willoughby Art Prize’, Willoughby Council, Sydney
             ‘Various Views’, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
             ‘The Waverley Art Prize’, Waverley Council, Sydney
1999     ‘Big Thoughts, Small Works’, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
             ‘Still Life’, King St Gallery and Defiance, Sydney
1998     ‘The Defiant 6”’, Works under 6”, Defiance. Sydney
             ‘Figure in the Landscape’, King St Gallery and Defiance, Sydney
             ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Bondi, Sydney
             ‘Why Not?’, Tap Gallery, Sydney

Awards

2016     ‘The Blake Prize, Residency’, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW
2011      ‘Lorne Sculpture 2011, Indoor Sculpture Award’, Lorne, Vic
2010     ‘Deakin University Small Sculpture Award’, Melbourne
2009     ‘Yarra Trams Award’, Toorak Sculpture Prize, Melbourne
2000     ‘Waverley Art Prize’, Sculpture, Sydney
1999     ‘The Director’s Prize’, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney


Bibliography & Media

2016     Review: Porcelaine. Laetitia Wilson. The West Australian, 14/5/16
             A Darker Duality. Essay by Marguerite Brown. Printmaking Today, Vol 25. UK. 1/16
2015     Inaugural. Review by Sam Leach. 12/15
2014     The Age. Robert Hague: Crush. Dan Rule. 9/14
            Crush and the Art of Unknowing. Essay by Andrew Frost. 8/14
            The Age. Artist’s profile for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale. 3/14
2012    The Melbourne Review. Toorak’s Urban Sculpture’. 5/12
2011     World Sculpture News. ‘Deakin Sculpture Award’. Winter 2011
            The Star, Williamstown. Vanessa Chircop. 25/10/11
            The Leader, Hobsons Bay. Laura Keys. 1/11/11
2010    Elgee Park, ‘Sculpture in the Landscape’. Ken Scarlett. Macmillan Publishing.
            The Star, Williamstown. Vanessa Chircop. 9/11/10
            The Leader, Whitehorse. Bridie Byrne. 10/11/10
2008    Institutional Investor, Journal of Wealth Management, Cover. 11/08
2007    McGrath Magazine, Cover. Elizabeth Joyes. 1/12/07
2006    The Australian. ‘Soft Serve’, Sebastian Smee. 11/11/06
             The Sun Herald, Life Magazine. ‘Q&A’, Chris Sheedy. 5/11/06
             The Daily Telegraph. ‘Decade of sculpture…”, Elizabeth Fortescue. 1/11/06
             McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Aus Art Editions, 2006
             The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘Shape of things to come’, photo Peter Rae. 11/10/06
2005    InSite Magazine. Autumn, 06/05
             Driven Magazine. 03/05
             The Sculptor’s Bible, by John Plowman. Quarto Publishing. 2005
2004    Australian Art Review. 'Pleasure Hunting', Ruth Hessey. 07/04
             How to buy & sell art, by Michael Reid. Allen & Unwin. 2004
2003     2SER Radio 107.3FM. Interview with Fran Morgan. 31/10/03
              The Sydney Morning Herald, Critic’s Pick. 03/10/03
              Art Seen in Western Australia. Judith McGrath. 06/03
              The Australian Financial Review. ‘Go Sculpture’, Sue Williams. 27/02/03
2002     The Australian Art Market Report. Issue 6. 12/02
              The Sun-Herald. ‘A Day in the Life of… an Artist’, John Dagge. 10/11/02
              The Sydney Morning Herald, Metropolitan. ‘Little Rocks’, Bronwyn Watson. 02/11/02
              The Advertiser, Adelaide, ‘Merging Creative Talents’, Adam Dutkiewicz. 21/10/02
              Hephaistos Magazine, Germany. 4/02

Commissions

2015     ‘Sol’, apartment foyer, Hong Kong
2014     ‘The Script’, Pimpama Junction Centre, Queensland
2013     ‘A Red Prayer’, private, Beaumaris, Melbourne, Vic
2012     ‘Aporia II’, Leopold, 470 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Vic
2011     ‘The Swimmer’, 8m wall piece, Maui, Hawaii, USA
2010     ‘Sol, Repose, One Mile, Skel’, Polo Club Hotel, Tianjin, China
2009     ‘West Orbis’, 4m, private, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
2008     ‘Hyph’, private, Hawaii, USA
2007     ‘Repose II’, Manhattan Hill, Hong Kong
              ’Descent’, Kosciuszko Thredbo, public sculpture, NSW
2006     ‘Reel’ 2006, Smorgan Collection, Melbourne, Vic
2005     ‘Orbis’, Emporio, corner Sussex & Liverpool St, Sydney. NSW
              ‘Fervor’, Four Seasons Hotel, foyer, Hong Kong.
              ‘Untitled’, Top of the Town, foyer, Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW
              ‘Genus’, Macquarie Group, Sovereign Centre, foyer, Bathurst Street, NSW
2004     ‘Composition V’, wall sculpture, private, Sydney. NSW   
2003     ‘Bindaring’, private, Perth, WA
2002     ‘Aria Sol’, private, Sydney, NSW
2001     ‘Ocean Series’, Sculpture by the Sea Patrons Commission, NSW

Collections

National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
National Library of Australia
Art Gallery of NSW, Members
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
Geelong Art Gallery
Gippsland Art Gallery
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
MAMA
The Consulate of Malawi, Melbourne
Deakin University Art Collection, Melbourne
Edith Cowan University, Perth
St John of God Hospital, Perth
Kosciuszko Thredbo Pty Ltd, Thredbo
Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
Poly Club Hotel, Tianjin, China
Emporio Apartments, Sydney
Concept Blue Apartments, Melbourne
Bulknet Pty Ltd, Sydney
Top of the Town Apartments, Sydney
Sovereign Centre, Sydney
Leopold, Melbourne
Form700 corporate offices, Melbourne

 

Baillieu & Sarah Myer
John & Pauline Gandel
Morry Fraid
Smorgon Collection
Marco Belgiorno-Zegna
Armando Percuoco
Tetsuya Wakuda
Helen Turner
Rosemary Foot
Alan & Melissa Crawley
Tony Geddes
Ron Kaplan
Keizo Ushio
Brian Powers