EXHIBITION CURRENT TO 22 JANUARY 2021
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Arryn Snowball has held solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne and internationally in Berlin and Luxembourg. His work has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, USA, Europe and Japan. A survey exhibition of Snowball’s work was held at the Caboolture Art Gallery, Queensland, in 2016. He has participated in the broader arts community through lecturing, forums, critical writing, artist run projects and collaborations.
Snowball has a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, where he taught painting from 2005-2012. His awards include the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, from the Queensland Art Gallery (2003), a year in residence at the Tokyo National School of Art and Music (2008) and the Australia Council‘s residency in Rome (2013). A monograph of the artist's work with published in 2018 with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and launched at Sydney Contemporary by Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Snowball’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, the Museum of Brisbane as well as regional and university collections.
ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA, NOV/DEC 20
Berlin-based Australian painter Arryn Snowball has recently worked with poets, dancers and musicians. Collaboration is intrinsic to his creative process. "A big part of art is sharing it with others. Painting is not only art while someone is looking at is; that is already a collaboration between the artist and audience," Snowball explains. "I put my trust in process and follow where it leads. Process is at the heart of abstract painting."
Part of this process is keeping an open studio. "I open my studio door to a friend and they step into my practice. They bring their practice with them. If we start to talk, to play, then sometimes it leads somewhere" he says. "The word 'collaboration' has an official ring to it, like something workshopped at a meeting. Whereas these collaborations are more like a conversation or a jam session; they are fluid and reciprocal, and go deeper as the night gets on."
One such conversation, with Australian poet Nathan Shepherdson, resulted in a forthcoming illustrated book of poetry, Slack Water. Snowball painted fragments from Shepherdson's poems, which were themselves assembled from works lifter from Grant's Guide to Fishes, a classic Australian text. And Snowball's call and response methodology applies to his own work as well: text-based works from this series have morphed into the pale abstract paintings he made for his solo exhibition Big Numbers.
Since 2014, Snowball has divided his time between between Australia and Berlin, and the German city itself is one of his collaborators. Attracting not only artists, but people from fields as diverse as architecture and heavy metal, the city is a critical mass that drives interdisciplinary creativity. As Snowball says, "Berlin is a big conversation to be a part of, and that has affected every stroke of the brush."
exhibition preview by Tracey Clement in Art Guide Australia issue November/December 2020 p48-49
ARTIST PROFILE, ISSUE 53 2020
ARTIST IN CONVERSATION
ARRYN SNOWBALL DISCUSSES EXHIBITION WITH RICHARD MORECROFT
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ARRYN SNOWBALL: SELECTED WORKS
With contributions from Rosemary Hawker, Megan Williams, Nathan Shepherdson and Jonathan McBurnie
Published by Downwind with support of the Australia Council for the Arts; 2018
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