Gareth Ernst

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‘Gareth Ernst’s work focuses on the intimate and fleeting, on mortality, desire, surveillance, and masculinity. Like the writings of Jean Genet, Gareth Ernst’s paintings, drawings and videos are illicit love letters. They deal with the secret and the underground, touching on the pornographic and the criminal. They are rapid, urgent and complete, revealing secret Worlds parallel to our own.

His studies of the human form are uncompromising and direct. Gareth’s work disrupts the tradition of idealising the male form, and instead uses it as a vehicle for exploring the themes of power, vulnerability and innocence. He often achieves this through unorthodox pop culture inclusions and juxtapositions with medieval memento mori symbols—Darth Vader masks, leaked police surveillance videos, stuffed Pokémon dolls and even nibbling mice dress his works. For his audience, these juxtapositions are destabilising and contradictory, creating tension with the erotic charge of the subject’s exposure.

Gareth has completed his Fine Arts degree in Drawing (Honours) at the National Art School and is currently a Masters student at the National Art School specialising in Painting.’

Porsche Herbert Funk

Exhibitions

2016 Enter Art Foundation Berlin
2016 Summer Show, Michael Reid Berlin
2016 ‘Company of Men’ Gaffa Gallery, Sydney.
2015 ‘Undraped’ LOSTSpace Gallery 48 Little Oxford Street Darlinghurst
2015 Open studio exhibition. Sydney Mardi Gras Festival
2014 The Adonis Project. Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home Street. Los Angeles
2014 ‘Home’ Brunswick Street Gallery. Fitzroy, Melbourne. AIDS14 Conference
2014 Open studio exhibition. Sydney Mardi Gras Festival
2014 ‘ Schleich animals.’ ESD Gallery Darlinghurst, Sydney
2013 ‘Gorillas’ Prone Gallery, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst Sydney
2010 ‘Honours Exhibition’ National Art School Gallery. The National Art School
2010 ‘GENTS Views of Taylor Square’ Men’s underground toilets, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst, Sydney. City of Sydney, Art and About Festival
2009 ‘How to draw a truck’ NG Gallery Chippendale Sydney
2007 ‘The Art of War’ Open studio exhibition
2005 Art work for film ‘Suburban Mayhem’

Education

2015 Masters of Fine Arts. National Art School (current)
2004-2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing (Honours) National Art School. Sydney
1990-1994 Bachelor of Creative Arts. Theatre Design and Animation. University of Technology Sydney
1986-1990 Bachelor of Arts. English, Art history and Philosophy. University of Wollongong
1986 Certificate of Fine Arts. Illawarra Institute of Technology

Publications

2015 February 27, Sydney Morning Herald. Domain. ‘Mardi Gras apartment exhibition’
2012 Winter User’s News. Cover
2011 Summer ‘The Professional magazine’. The Sex Workers Outreach Project Men, Sex and Gender Diverse issue. Cover

Prizes and Grants

2014 Art Grant. City of Sydney
2014 Art Grant. City of Yarra, Melbourne
2010 Quick response grant. City of Sydney
2008 Frasers’ Residency. Chippendale, Sydney
2000 Chromacryl Portrait prize.

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