Michael Brennan is an artist.
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Michael Brennan is a Melbourne-based artist and gonzo curator of sorts. His work typically focuses on perception, experience and the slippage between plural perspectives and different points-of-view. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the country and his work has been included in a number of significant prizes including the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, the Metro Art Prize and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2007 Michael was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts studio residency in Tokyo. His work appears in private collections in Australia, Europe and the United States and he is also represented in the Artbank collection.

Dealers
Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Education
2008 – 10 Master of Fine Art, Monash University.
1997 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts (Honours) First Class Honours, Deakin University.
1994 – 96 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, Deakin University.

Solo Exhibitions
2010 In-Between Space, Postgraduate Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne.
2008 Me (at the…), Shifted, Melbourne.
2007 One Ring to Rule Them All, Westspace, Melbourne.
2006 99 Red Trolleys, LEG, Sydney.
2004 Perspectives, LEG, Melbourne.
2002 Chiasm, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 of an intimate Nature…, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1998 Chance Encounters with Nature, Artistcare Gallery, Melbourne.

SELECTED Group Exhibitions
2010 The Outsider, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne.
2009 Negotiating Space, acga gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Skin Show, Shifted, Melbourne.
Hungry for Art, Raw Materials – The Studio, Melbourne.
Metro Art Prize, Metro Gallery, Melbourne.
Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne.
2008 Convergence, Shifted, Melbourne.
2007 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Group/Ungroup, TROCADERO Art Space, Melbourne.
2006 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast.
SubUrban Project, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne.
Metro 5 Art Prize, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne.
Williamstown Festival – Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne.
Exposure, TROCADERO Art Space, Melbourne.
2005 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney.
What Are You Showing Here For?, TROCADERO Art Space, Melbourne.
Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston.
Wynne Prize – Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
Qwest, Short Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria.
Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize, WCCC, Melbourne.
2003 H2O, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Melbourne.
Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize, WCCC, Melbourne.
Collected Works, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2001 Flesh, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
Williamstown Festival, 2001, Melbourne.
Indulgence, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 Dimensions and Directions, Deakin University, Victoria.
Smorgon Steel Group Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Melbourne.
Paperwork 5, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1999 Penultimate, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne.
Method and Madness, Deakin University, Victoria.
1996 Exurbia, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.

AWARDS AND PRIZES
2009 Finalist – Metro Art Prize.
Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize – Local Artist Award.
2007 Australia Council for the Arts, Tokyo Studio Residency.
Finalist – Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
2006 Finalist – Metro 5 Art Prize.
Finalist – Conrad Jupiters Art Prize.
2005 Finalist – Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
2005 Finalist – Wynne Prize – Salon des Refuses.
2004 Wyndham City Contemporary Art Prize.
1996 National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award.

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2006 – 07 Maribyrnong City Council – West Welcomes Refugees Public Art Project.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2006 LONDON, NEW YORK, FOOTSCRAY, BILLBOARD@TROCADERO, Melbourne.
2005 Footscray – You know what I mean, Double Page spread in Art Almanac, National Distribution.
2005 Footscray – You know what I mean, BILLBOARD@TROCADERO, Melbourne.

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2010 The Outsider, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
Featuring: Aaron Martin, Anne Kucera, Brendan Lee, Caroline Durre, Fabrizio Biviano, Juan Ford, Michael Brennan, Nicholas Ives, Paul Batt, Peta Clancy, Tamsin Green & Yvette Coppersmith.
2009 Negotiating Space, acga gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Featuring: Andrew Gutteridge, Deb Bain-King, Krisitn McIver, Michael Brennan, Norian Paicu, Patricia Todarello & Paul Batt.
Skin Show, Shifted, Melbourne.
Featuring: Andres Uribe-Hidalgo, Anne Kucera, Juan Ford, Michael Brennan, Natalie Ryan & Peta Clancy.
2008 Convergence, Shifted, Melbourne.
Featuring: Adriane Strampp, Alexandra Sasse, Elif Sezen, Jackie Felstead, Megan Gibbs,
Michael Brennan, Natalie Ryan, Nina Sellars, Norian Paicu, Paula Mohoney,
2007 Making Space, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
Featuring: Terence Bogue.
2006 Exposure, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.
2005 What Are You Showing Here For? The Unlikely Connection, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne.