Harley Manifold

Harley Manifold was born in Camperdown, Victoria in 1982. In 2003 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Deakin University in Warrnambool. Manifold then went onto complete his Honours in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne as the only non – previous student in his year. He has been included in numerous Art prizes and group exhibitions. On three occasions Manifold has been a finalist in Australia’s richest art prize for emerging artists, The Metro Art Award, and consecutively for the previous two prizes. Also a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2015) and the Salon des Refusés of the Archibald Prize (2016).

Manifold’s oil paintings depict the lone figure ambling through life – in alleyways, in Melbourne landscapes, dwarfed by skyscrapers and highway overpasses, quiet places like bathrooms, and the countryside to which he has returned. A dark, saturated palette details hard geometrical surroundings, bathed in the soft liminal glow of dusk and the night-time sky. Sometimes adorning the figure’s torso, a flimsy upturned cardboard box, mimics yet contrasts the impenetrable vast, heavy buildings – yet provides camouflage and protection and paradoxically severing the connection with the outside. This recurring motif’s vulnerable transient interior is accentuated by the sturdy veneers of the surrounding concreted architecture and questions the influence of the modern social delineations, boundaries and interfaces we traverse daily. Manifold’s paintings tread the discourse of unnoticed physical and psychological terrains. City landscapes, constructed by people yet cluttered by ‘anti-spaces’, Manifold’s paintings reflect tensions between states of camouflage and discontinuity in an era of increased communication and alienation. These intimate self-portraits open enquiries regarding the place and positioning of the human condition in this contemporary technological age.

His works are in numerous private collections in Australia, as well as France and America. And has held numerous solo shows in Melbourne, including shows in Perth and Adelaide.
Harley Manifold lives and paints full time in Jan Juc, Victoria extending his practice to include portraits and copies of masters by commission.

Born in 1982 in Camperdown, Victoria, Australia.

2010 Honours in Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts
2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Arts, Deakin University

Solo Exhibitions
2018 20/20 Plein Air Paintings in 20 Days, No Vacancy Gallery Melbourne
2018 The Dichotomist, QDOS Arts Lorne
2017 A Strange Dance, No Vacancy Gallery Melbourne
2016 End, Bridge 38
2015 Contained, RUBICON ARI
2015 C L O S E, Gallery Smith Project Space
2014 INFINITY, No Vacancy Gallery
2013 Pea Green Boat Gallery, Brunswick
2013 Maddens Lawyers Gallery, Warrnambool
2012 Pea Green Boat Gallery, Brunswick
2012 Judy Antill Gallery, Portland
2010 Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Kidogo Art House, Fremantle
2005 Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Warrnambool Art Gallery
2003 Deakin University

Group Exhibitions
2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney
2017 Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat
2017 H.S. Gallery Group Show, Torquay
2017 Bayside Brighton Art Prize, Melbourne
2017 The Other Art Fair, Melbourne
2017 Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham
2017 ‘Whisper’ The Lost Ones gallery, Ballarat
2017 Lucy McEachern Gallery, Golden Plains
2016 ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’ (September)
2016 Salon des Refusés of The Archibald Prize, Sydney
2016 SCOPE galleries Environmental prize, Warrnambool
2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale
2015 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney
2015 Imago Mundy, Venice Biennale, Italy
2015 Flinders Lane Gallery ‘Exploration 15’
2015 Bridge 38 group show
2014 Cliftons Art Prize Melbourne WINNER
2014 M Contemporary Art Award
2014 Mars Gallery W.T.C. Emerging Sculptors
2014 SCOPE Galleries Environmental Prize
2014 Gallipoli Art Prize
2014 Golden Plains Arts Trail
2014 Rick Amor Drawing Prize Finalist, Ballarat
2013 Pop up Art Bar, North Melbourne
2013 ANL Maritime Art Prize
2012 Metro Award Exhibition
2012 Art Felt Exhibition N.S.W.
2012 Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Prize
2012 Ilhanvale Group Show, Brunswick
2011 Warrnambool Gallery
2011 Brunswick Art Show
2011 Metro Art Award
2009 BROPHY House – Creative Design
2009 Metro 5 Award
2008 The Black Dog Project – Book, Logo Design & Art Direction
2006 Swan Hill National Print Award
2006 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2005 Head On Contemporary Portrait Prize, Sydney
2005 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2003 Photography of the South West. Miura, Japan

2017 Flanagan Emerging Art Award – Winner
2016 Shorlisted Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize
2014 Cliftons Art Prize Melbourne – Winner
2014 Cliftons Art Prize Melbourne – Winner People’s Choice Award
2011 People’s Choice Award – Warrnambool Gallery Civic Green Art Show
2010 Casama Art Prize, Victorian College of the Arts – Winner
2010 Surfing World Art Award- Finalist
2009 Chemical Brothers ‘Midnight Madness’ Film Clip
2007 ABC Triple J Festival Photography Award – Winner
2007 Josephine Ulrick Portrait Prize – Finalist
2007 BHP Billiton/Corangamite Shire – Small Business Award – Winner
2007 Powercor Great South Coast Regional Business Award – Finalist
2005 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Best Action Photo – Winner
2005 Leica/ Documentary Photography Award – Shortlisted
2003 Cavalier Art Design Prize, Deakin University

2015-16 3 month Mystic House Residency, Cape Town, South Africa
2015 Telstra Imaginarium Workshop, Sydney, Australia
2014 3 month Dawson Street Residency, Warrnambool, Australia

Casama Group, Melbourne
Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Warrnambool
Maryborough Regional Art Gallery, Maryborough
AH & R Schmidt Pty Ltd, Geelong
Private Collections Australia, America, Holland, Scotland and France