David Harley CV


Education and Qualifications


PhD, 2015, Faculty of VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne

Post Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorial Studies, 1991, University of Melbourne

Bachelor in Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, 1985, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology



Solo Exhibitions


2020 • David Harley: Selected paintings from the 80s-00s, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2018 • Drawing Wall # 31, Shepparton Art Museum, curated by Anna Briers

2017 • David Harley Free Form Propositions #2, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2016 • David Harley Free Form Propositions, Crawford Galley, Sydney

         • Contained, (installation of a series of moving painting projections), The Pavilion, Tilde

              New Music Festival, Testing Grounds, Melbourne

             (as, part of the Visual arts program for the festival curated by Dr Anne Bennett).

2015 • Beforegreen, PhD completion exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2011 • Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.

2009 • David Harley File_eu, In-Situ, Städtische Bühnen, Münster

2008 • Fill...2, ACCA @ MIrka Curated by Juliana Engberg, St Kilda, Victoria

         • David Harley/Painting Works curated by Ulrike Hampl, Felicitas Reusch

              & Lisa Solomine,, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

2007 • Face Value Computer and Non-Computer Paintings 1996-2006 Curated by Victor Griss

             & Dr Sheridan Palmer, Deakin University Museum of Art

2006 • Felicitas Reusch, Schöne Aussicht 7, Wiesbaden

2004 • Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney

         • Fill... VCA Gallery Melbourne

2002 • Smyrnios Gallery Australia, Melbourne

         • Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney

2001 • Smyrnios Gallery Australia, Melbourne

2000 • Divertimento, Spare Room, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne

         • WestSpace (gallery 1), Melbourne

         • Mass Gallery (gallery 2), Melbourne

1998, 1995, 1993 • Crawford Gallery, Sydney

1998, 1995, 1993 & 1990 • Pinacotheca, Melbourne



Group Exhibitions


2020  • Drawing on the Wall, Julia Gorman, David Harley, Kenny Pittock & Kerrie Poliness.

                  curated by James Lynch, Deakin University

2019  • Ten (almost) Monochromes, Charles Nodrum Gallery

2017  • Works on Paper, Charles Nodrum Gallery

          • The Colour, The Shape, NKN Gallery, Richmond, curated by Peter Westward

          • Coney Island, Counihan Gallery Melbourne curated by Jane O'Neil

          • 9x5 NOW, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

          • 131, SNO, Contemporary Art Spaces, Sydney

2015 • The Kaleidoscopic Turn, NGV Australia, Melbourne

2014 • We Survived the Magistrale, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne

         • 30th Anniversary Group Show, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2013 • Charles Nodrum Gallery stand, Sydney Contemporary (Art Fair)

2013  • Avoca Project, Avoca, Victoria (2 person exhibition)

2012 • You Give Good Colour, Curated by Claudia Damichi, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

         • Abstraction xi, Charles Nodrum Gallery

         • mes amis, mes amies, sammlung Michael Jäger, Atelier Dorrit Nebe, Cologne

2010 • A Tradigital Survey, Curated by G. Kalabishis & Kirsten Rann Victoria University

         • Constellations: A Large number of Small drawings, RMIT Gallery Storey Hall, RMIT

         • Erscheinung der Farbe, Kirche Mariae Heimsuchung, Wiesbaden

2009 • Für das Abstrakte gibt es keinen Ersatz Curated by Michael Bause, Gallerie oqbo, Berlin

         • Energetic Frieda, (in collaboration with Michael Jaeger) Project Space RMIT 2009

             (2 person exhibition)

2008 • Drawing the Line – New perspectives in Australian Abstract Painting,

             Curated by Damian Smith, Maroondah Art Gallery

         • Abstraction 7, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

2006 • Against the Amnesia Lifestyle Showroom curated by A. Glass & J. Khan, Gertrude

             Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

         • EuropaAffekt, AtelierFrankurt, Frankfurt am Main

         • Open Doors, AtelierFrankurt Rundgang, Frankfurt am Main

2005 • Ninjas and Turtles, Pankow Kusnthalle, Berlin

         • Gastatelier exhibition & film Program Animation Screening, AtelierFrankurt Rundgang,

             Frankfurt am Main

         • Animation screenings:  Launch of the Contemporary Art Library Project, Pristina, Kosovo

2003 • Pen to Pixel 200 Years of Australian Prints and Drawing, National Gallery of Victoria

         • Project 1 (co-ordinated by J. Neeson) VCA Gallery, Melbourne

         • X Melbourne, Curated by Gary Willis, Canberra Contemporary Arts Space & S C A

             Gallery, Sydney

2002 • Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Geelong Art Gallery

         • Cassandra Fahey and Digital Prints by David Harley,  Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne

2001 • Fresh from Paris, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

             curated by C Firth-Smith

         • Glazier, Storey Hall Gallery, RMIT Curatored by Darren Wardle & Suzanne Davies

2000 • Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Geelong Art Gallery

         •  Painting is Ace, curated by C. Firth Smith, Linden, St Kilda

         • National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery (invited artist).

         • Australian Works on Paper, curated by P. Ellis, Women's Museum, Seoul,

             South Korea

1999 • Lightfingered, curated  by L. Duxbury, National Touring Exhibition

         • Australian Paper Art Awards 1999, Curated by T. Humphries & L. Harding, National Touring Exhibition

         • Works on Paper- by Contemporary Australian Artists, curated by P. Ellis,

            Seoul ,National University, South Korea

         • Music- Working Title, curated by G. Matoulous, Maverick Arts Festival, Melbourne

         • Alice Prize, The Araluen Center, Alice Springs (acquired)

          • National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery

1998  • Transformations Australia: The Fine Art Print and the Computer,

               Storey Hall Gallery, RMIT

          • National Works on Paper, Mornington Regional Gallery

          • Conrad Jupitars, Gold Coast City Art Gallery (acquired)

          • New Acquisitions, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney

1995  • Salon of Gallery Artists, Pinacotheca

          • Valediction Exhibition, MFA exhibition, 330 Collins Street, Melbourne

1994 • Crawford Gallery stand, International Art Fair, Exhibition Building, Melbourne

1992 • Moet and Chandon Touring Exhibition (NGA, AGNSW, etc.)

1990  • Greenpiece Exhibition, Linden, Melbourne

1989  • Fringe Festival, Melbourne

1985  • Collective Gallery RMIT (2 person with Tiffany McNab)

1983  • Trinity College University of Melbourne. (2 person with Tiffany McNab)

          • Fringe Festival, Carinbush Library, Melbourne



2013  • Faculty Small Grant, VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne

2010 • Australian Postgraduate Award

2008 • Skills and Arts Development Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council

         • International Program Grant – Export and Touring Grant, Arts Victoria

2004 • New Work Grant, Arts Victoria

         • New Work Grant from the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council



Collaborations, Residencies and Commissions


2020  • Art in Buildings Acquisitive Commission, (wall work) RMIT University

2014 • Art in Buildings Acquisitive Commission, (large hallway work) Deakin University

2013  • Art in Buildings Acquisitive Commission, 2 wall works (at right angles), Deakin University

          • Art in Buildings Acquisitive Commission, 6 metre high, light column, NAB, docklands

          • Art in Buildings Collaborative Commission, Schwarzwald-Baar-Klinikums (hospital),

             Villingen-Schwenningen Collaboration with artists: Michael Jäger (Cologne),

             Volker Saul (Cologne) & Jürgen Palmtag (Schömberg-Schörzingen).

2008 -2009 • Collaboration with Michael Jäger (Cologne) exhibited at Project Space RMIT University

             (Dialogue started in March 2008)

2008 • Residency – School of Art International Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, RMIT.

         • Residency Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt am Main. (this was the second residency at AtelierFrankfurt)

2007 • The Melbourne Town Hall Organ Project. (commission involving the development of

animations for a concert of new and historic music related to the Town Hall Organ)

2005 • International Gästkunstler (Guest Artist), Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

2003 • Artist in Residence, Victorian College of the Arts (C-Lab sponsored by Epson Australia)

         • Animation Collaboration with composer Andrew Blackburn for Sound Sculpture animation

               Performed and presented in a Hutes series concert in Richmond, Victoria

2001 • Collaboration with Tom P. Ashe RMIT Master of Applied Science Project: Six Degrees of

               Collaboration (Exhibited in the Faculty Gallery RMIT)

1998 • Commissioned by the Melbourne Chorale to make a series of images related to their

              concert program

1997  • Residency, The Camberwell College of Art, London (see research project bellow)




2009 • Invited Judge Proud Exhibition VCA and Music

2003 • Invited Juror International Digital Art Awards

2002 & 2001• Mass Gallery Board Member


Exhibitions Co-ordinated

2006 • EuropaAffekt, AtelierFrankurt, Frankfurt am Main

2001 • Mediations, Group Exhibition, Mass Galley, Melbourne


Research Projects

1999 • Invited Artist, RMIT, Dept of Fine Art: Research Project: The Computer and the Art Object

1997 • Invited Artist, Camberwell College of Art, The London Insitute, Research Project:

             The Fine Art Print and the Computer



Selected Collections

 Atelierfrankfurt; National Gallery of Victoria; Trinity college (University of  Melbourne);

 University of Sydney (Student Union); NAB Deakin University; Alice Springs Art foundation; & Art Bank,

 Xavier College Melbourne, RMIT University, Shepparton Art Museum




Selected Reviews/Catalogues etc

Esquist, E. & Eckett, J. (Ed), Melbourne Modern - European Art & Design at RMIT since 1945, RMIT University, 2019

       •Dr Sheridan Palmer, Structured Electicism, RMIT Painting Department 1945-Today, 2019

Deakin University, Deakin University art Collection a selection of Works, Deakin    University, Burwood, 2017, ISBN 9780994402585

Bell, Gerry David Harley: Freeform Propositions #2 Melbourne Art Seen (Blog) 2017

Laffer, J. & Harley, D. Unplugged Live, (public and live streamed interview) NGV, 6/9/2015

Renn, W. & Seidel, M.  Majistrale - David Harley, Michael Jäger, Jürgen Palmtag & Volker Saul, Verlag

Kettler, Cologne, 2013.ISBN 978-3-86206-329-1

       • Wendelin Renn. Zur Architektur die Kunst, 2013

       • Dr. Martin Seidel, Balance of Power –Power of Balance Jäger, Harley, Palmtag,

             Saul im Schwarzwald-Baar Klinikum in Villingen-Schwenningen

Walter, T. The Rapturous and the ephemeral, Australian Art Review, Issue 30, Dec. 2011

Kalabishis & Rann, A Tradigital Survey, Exhibition Catalogue, Victoria University, Melbourne, 2010

             Isbn 9781862726918

Button, J. Reviews - A Tradigital Survery, Art Link, Vol. 30 No 3, 2010

Coates, R. “Point and Counterpoint: David Harley and Michael Jäger”, un Magazine,

             Issue 3.1, Melbourne, June, 2009

Tsitas, E. “A Moment in Time”, RMIT University Alumni Newsletter, Melbourne, May, 2009

(iInside), (illus)  Interior Review Magazine, Melbourne, April, 2009

Kock, G., “David Harley”, Westfälische Nachrichten TV, Münster, 20/1/2009

Solomine, L (ed.), David Harley, Catalogue, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, 2008

             Isbn: 9783940099044

       • Zylvia Auerbach: Hyperrealistische Abstraktioner/Abstractions in Hyperreality Frankfurt 2008

       • Dr Stephen Haley, David Harley Moving Pictures, Melbourne 2007

       • Felicitas Reusch, Ecke oder Corner, Bild oder Wandmalerei/ Ecke or Corner, Picture or Wall Painting

             (Corner Works von David Harley seit 2003). Wiesbaden 2008

Schütte, C. ‘Lust am Verschwinden’. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt, 12/02/08

Lamparth, B. Auf der Suche nach dem Ich, Rhien Main Presse. Wiesbaden, 212/01/08

Griss, V. (cur.), David Harley: Face Value, exhibition catalogue, Deakin University, 2007

             Isbn 9781741560770

       • Dr. Sheridan Palmer. David Harley: in conversation

Schütte, C. ‘Die Maus den Pinsel verdrängt’. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt, 23/02/06

‘Austellungen, Benfield/Harley/Slee, EuropaAffekt’. Journal Frankfurt, 03/06

McCulloch, Susan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Australan Art  Australian Art Editions., 2006

Schütte, C. ‘Pinsel, Farbe und ein einarmiger Gitarrist: Der Rundgang im Atelierfrankfurt’.

            Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt, 12/6/2005

Herrschaft, F. ‘EuropaAffekt: Austerllung derei Australische ... Radio X interview, podcast, 2005

Anderson P., Art & Australia: Debate, Dollars & Delusions, (cov Illus) Pandora Press,

            Sydney, 2005

David Harley Fill..., Catalogue, Gulag Publishing, Isbn 975213016, Melbourne, 2004

          • Stephen Haley, Cyberlyric

Grant, K. & Leahy, C. On Paper: Australian Prints and Drawings in the National Gallery

             of Victoria, Isbn 9780724102181, NGV Melbourne, 2003.

          • Kirsty Grant, Australian Works on Paper in the National Gallery of Victoria

Neeson, J. R (co.), Projects One , exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 2003

           •  Dr John R. Neeson South Bank Bivouac

Frost, A. Revelation Space, Exhibition Essay, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney, 2002.

Nelson, R. ‘A Gaze into the Abyss of Contemporary Aesthetics’. The Age, 1/12/01

Nelson, R. ‘The Death of Painting a Little Premature’. Visual Arts, Saturday Arts The Age,


Davies, S. Glacier, exhibition catalogue, RMIT Gallery Storey Hall, Melbourne 2001

Palmer, S. ‘Recent Works of David Harley’. Imprint, Spring 2001

Palmer, S. ‘Recent Works of David Harley’. Imprint, Spring 2001

Firth-Smith, C. curator. ‘Before and After and Painting Now’, Artist Insert (ILUS) Like Art

            Magazine no.11, August, 2000

Smee, S. ‘New media is all very well but lets see it on paper’, Sydney Morning Herald S12,


 Nelson, R. ‘Visual Arts’, The Age, 1/3/00

 Interview. Stateline, ABC TV, NT, 7.30pm, 5/11/99

 Nelson, R. ‘Visual Art’. The Age, 29/9/99

Humphries & Harding. ‘The Australian Paper Art Awards’, exhibition catalogue, 1999

 Errey, Dr. S. ‘Lightfingered’, exhibition catalogue, 1999

 Smee, S. ‘Virtual Abstract’, Sydney Morning Herald, 20/10/98

 Clabbum A. ‘Visual Art’, The Age, 16/9/98

Humphries, T. (Ed). Transformations Australia, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 1998

Palmer S., Transformations  Australia, Imprint, Vol. 33 No. 2, Melbourne, Winter 1998

Lecouter G., The Age, Melbourne, 19/8/1995

Exhibition Commentary (ills), Art and Australia, Spring, 1994

Carol A. , Moet and Chandon, Touring Exhibition Catalogue, 1992

Mendelssoln J., Champagne Selection, The Bulletin, 14/7/1992

Zimmer J. Visual Art,The Sunday Herald, Melbourne, 18/2/1990

Millar R., Visual Art, The Herald, Melbourne, 13/2/1990



Sessional Lecturing Appointments


2006-2009   RMIT University, Melbourne, School of Creative Media/ Bachelor of Design (Games Graphics Programming).

2009            Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Art School, Winter School - Digital Imaging Workshop.

2007            Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Art School, Department of Sculpture and Spatial Practice.

2003&2004  Monash University, Melbourne, Department of Art & Design.

2002            Victorian College of the Arts, Drawing Department.

2000-2002   Victorian University of Technology, Melbourne, Computer Mediated Art.

1995-2000   RMIT University, Department. of Fine Art (painting).