Neil Howe is a male artist born in Australia, currently working in Victoria, Australia.
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Neil Howe was born in 1951 in Melbourne, Australia. He first studied Biology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in 1973 with a triple major in Biochemistry, Zoology and Botany. In 1977 Neil Howe left the world of science to study visual art and entered Prahran College of Advanced Education (now Victorian College of the Arts) to study sculpture under John Davis and David Wilson, photography under Athol Shmith and film under Paul Cox. He was awarded a Diploma of Art & Design in 1980 and won the Powell Street Gallery sculpture prize as top sculpture student of that year.
In 1982 Howe was invited to exhibit some early video art pieces, used in these performance events, at the Rosslyn Oxely 9 Gallery in Sydney and later after buying his first Amiga computer, began to create video and computer art regularly exhibiting these in video and fringe arts festivals in Australia. At about this time the Collective ceased performing but the principle members maintain the core idea of the collective and sometimes come together to work on a joint project. In the spirit of the Collective, Howe often collaborates with artist friends Kevin Mortensen and Stelarc adding some element like sound or video to their work.
Through the late 80’s and early 90’s Neil Howe worked as a video editor in broadcast television, first in news then drama and finally with a national daily current affairs program. After working all through the first Gulf War he left television and travelled extensively throughout Europe and USA. Through the 90’s Howe continued to work with computers and video technology and with the development of high resolution digital cameras was able to develop the “Bodyscape” series of images first exhibited in March 2000. Since 2000 Howe has regularly exhibited digital prints and video art in art galleries, museums and film festivals around the world. He is represented by several art galleries and has work in public collections in Australia, UK and Turkey. His more recent work “When I Grow Up” 2010 has won a Metropolis Award at the Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Art (MADATAC) in Spain, and several awards at the Blue Banana Video Festival in Landau, Bavaria
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2008 ‘FocFest’, international film festival, Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, NPAK/ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia.
2008 ‘FocFest’ Freedom of Choice international film festival, Fabrica do Braco de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal and simultaneously at Ciplak Ayaklar Studio Istanbul, Turkey.
2009 “Human Emotion Project”, international group exhibition, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 ‘Focfest Survey’, selected work from the Freedom of Choice (FocFest) International Video Art Festival broadcast repeatedly on Transfera TV, Madrid, Spain.
2009 ‘Ern Malley. The Hoax and Beyond’, group exhibition, Heide Museum of Modern Art, NGV, Melbourne.
2009 “Human Emotion Project”, international group exhibition, Garden of the Ceramic Museum (State Museum), Caldas-da-Rainha, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 ‘Art for Peace International Art Action’, group exhibition, Dolmabahce Art Gallery (State Gallery) and Fotografevi (Istanbul Photography Centre), Istanbul, Turkey.
2010 ‘HEP Poland’, Parakino, CSW bath, Gdansk, Poland.
2010 ‘AusThetic’, group video art exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne.
2010 ‘ArtFelt’, group exhibition, Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery, NSW.
2010 ‘HEP Paris’, international group exhibition, Gallerie Younique, Paris, France.
2010 “Program 45” international video art broadcast on Transfera TV, Madrid, Spain
2010 ‘Human Emotion Project Iran, international group exhibition, Mohsen Art Gallery and Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran.
2010 “Shapes of Peace”, international group exhibition, W-AFPIAAP, Peace Week, Sanski, Sarajevo, Boznia Herzegovina
2010 Istanbul Art Fair, Tuyap Exhibition and Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 MADATAC Metropolis Awards, broadcast on TV2 National Spanish TV and Spanish International Channel.
2011 Time is Love 4, international touring exhibition curated by Kisito Assangni, Centro Contemporanea d’Arte Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
2011 Time is Love 4, international touring exhibition, Hexagon Space, Baltimore, USA
2011 Time is Love 4, international curated exhibition, Sint-Lukas University Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2011 D-ART, international group exhibition, 15th International Conference Information Visualization & Computer Graphics, Brunei Gallery, London University, UK.
2011 Group exhibition, The Channon Art Gallery, NSW
2011 ‘Mirror Mirror’, international curated exhibition, Bittes Gallery, Ribe, Denmark.
2011 Time is Love 4’, curated international exhibition, Espace apArt, Guanghzou, China
2011 ‘Hello’, group exhibition, Art For Peace Interaction Space, Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 Blue Banana, international group exhibition, Landau, Bavaria.
2011 ‘Chain Letter’, international curated exhibition, Samson Gallery, Boston, USA
2011 W-AFPIAAP, Balkans international touring exhibition, Istanbul, Sofia,
Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Belgrade, Bucharest.
2011 ‘Art for Peace – Balkans’, W-AFPIAA group exhibition, Herastau Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.
2011 ‘Time is Love 4’, curated international exhibition, Bildetage Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
2012 Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia
2012 HEP Mexico, curated international video art exhibition, 2* Bataclan InterNacional, Cine Cuidadela, Mexico City, Mexico.
2012 Best of Blue Banana Video Festival, Kastenhof Museum, Landau, Bavaria.
2013 “Time is Love 6”, international curated exhibition, Mori + Stein Gallery, London, UK.
2013 “Time is Love 6”, international curated exhibition, Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran.
2013 NordArt 2013, Kunstwerk-Carlshutte, Germany.

AWARDS
1980 Powell Street Gallery Sculpture Prize.
1981 Australia Council for the Arts research grant.
1984 Australia Council for the Arts publishing grant.
2009 Janet Holmes a’Court Artists Grant, NAVA
2010 Metropolis Award, Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio Visual Art.
2011 Audience Award and 2nd place award, Blue Banana Video Art Festival, Landau, Germany

COLLECTIONS
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
Numerous private collections throughout Australia, South America and Europe.
National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.
State Library of Victoria.
National Library of Australia.
University of South Australia Library
Queensland State Library,
London Library, UK.

For further information see www.neilhowe.com