Brent Harvey

Brent Harvey Bio

“Well before any intellectual consideration has always been the simple desire to make marks that please the eye.”

New Zealand born artist Brent Harvey arrived in Australia originally as a seventeen year old stowaway in the early 70’s. Since that initial introduction to a whole new world, he has spent a majority of his adult life wandering and living throughout much of Australia. There have also been extensive excursions overseas, and of course with art as a constant backdrop throughout. Arriving on the Sunshine Coast in the mid 1990s, it was to become the preferred home base.

With a professional career in the arts now spanning into it’s fifth decade, Brent is comfortable with most traditional mediums as well as considerable experience in photography and digital art. Throughout this time he has continued to exhibit his work solely in Australia and New Zealand.

“A couple of the highlights that stand out: Winning the inaugural $50,000 James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize in 1991 and Runner-up in the $100,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 1994. Though those were two fairly prestigious Australian art events to be involved in within themselves, the fact that my mother was able to fly over from NZ to share in the experience made both extra special memories. But Mums are special anyway aren’t they?”

Background
Born in 1955 New Zealand

Resides
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Selected Exhibitions
2014 – Mosman Art Prize Finalists Exhibition (Group)
2014 – Mary Valley Art Festival Exhibition (Group)
2013 – Lasting Impressions Gallery, Kenilworth, QLD, Australia (Solo)
2012 – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Exhibition, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia (Group)
2012 – Mortimer Art Prize Finalists Touring Exhibition, NSW, Australia
2008 – Lasting Impressions Gallery, Kenilworth, QLD, Australia (Joint)
2007 – Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
2004 – Emporium Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
2003 – Lasting Impressions Gallery, Kenilworth, QLD, Australia (Group)
2001 – Lasting Impressions Gallery, Kenilworth, QLD, Australia (Solo)
2000 – Red Hill Gallery Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Solo)
2000 – All Nature Art Exhibition, QLD, Australia (Group)
1999 – Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Solo)
1999 – Lasting Impressions Gallery, Kenilworth, QLD, Australia (Group)
1999 – All Nature Art Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
1998 – Alice Bale Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (Group)
1998 – Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Solo)
1998 – Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Solo)
1998 – Lasting Impressions Gallery, Kenilworth, QLD, Australia (Solo)
1998 – Cooloola Regional Gallery, Gympie, QLD, Australia (Group)
1998 – All Nature Art Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
1997 – Alice Bale Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (Group)
1996 – Paddington Artworx Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
1994 – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalists Touring Exhibition, Australia (Group)
1993 – Warana Wildlife Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
1992 – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalists Touring Exhibition, Australia (Group)
1991 – Cloncurry Art Exhibition, Cloncurry, QLD, Australia (Group)
1991 – Cloncurry Art Exhibition, Cloncurry, QLD, Australia (Group)
1991 – Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (Group)
1991 – Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (Group)
1991 – James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize Touring Exhibition, Australia (Group)
1991 – James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize Touring Exhibition, Australia (Group)
1990 / ’91 / ’92 – Art and Soul Charity Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia (Group)
1983 – Cambridge Gallery, Waikato, New Zealand (Group)
1982 – Hotel Intercontinental, Auckland, New Zealand (Solo)
1982 – Hotel Intercontinental, Auckland, New Zealand (Solo)
1981 – Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland, New Zealand (Solo)
1977 – Nathan House, Manurewa, South Auckland, New Zealand (Solo)
1976 – John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (Solo)

Selected Prizes and Awards
2014 – Mary Valley Art Festival – Winner Categories: Open, Portrait and Animalia
2012 – Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award – People’s Choice Award
2012 – Mortimer Art Prize – Best Portrait Award
2007 – Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize – Finalist
1999 – Courier Mail Art Award – Best Portrait Award
1997 – Alice Bale Art Award – Best Oil/Acrylic Award
1994  Doug Moran National Portrait Prize $100,000 – Runner-up
1992 – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize $100,000 – Finalist
1991 – James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize $50,000 – Winner
1991 – Wildlife Art Society of Australasia – Best Oil Painting Award
1991 / ’92 / ’93 / ’94 – Brisbane Art Directors Awards – Gold, Silver and Highly Commended Awards

Commissions
2020 – Portrait Commission – Viacheslav Altman, QLD, Australia
2018 – Public Mural Commission, Kununurra, WA, Australia
2017 – Portrait Commission – Garth Horadam, VIC, Australia
2010 – Portrait Commission – Dr David Kirkman, QLD, Australia
1996 – Commission: ‘Securing Salamaua’ Marist College, Ashgrove, through the ‘Australia Remembers’ program
1995 – Wilson HTM Centennial Oil Painting – Commissioned – Wilson HTM, Brisbane
1991 – Australian Conservation Stamp, International – Commissioned – Australian Wildlife Fund