practice / gallery

Biodata - Ian PROVEST - May 2014

Visual Artist, working in multiple media's, mainly photo-media – moving and still.

1950 - born June 3rd in Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia.

1971 - graduated with 'Diploma in Graphic Design' , The National Art School (Sydney Technical College, East Sydney and Randwick).

1971-1973 early part of career working in the Australian film industry at APA Films in Sydney as a designer, artist and still photographer.
Portraiture of Hollywood film stars Vick Morrow, Leslie Neilson, Susan Strasbourg, Ray Walston and others.

1973 - invited to work with Hans Buhner (Studio) in Hamburg, West Germany as an assistant and photographer. Work for Stern Magazine, Phillips Corporation, Becks Bier + fashion / food.

1973-1974 personal work in Europe and the UK.

1975 - 1987 ran own photographic / art studio in Sydney. Clients include : editorial, corporate, advertising, arts, architecture work.

1987 graduated with 'Graduate Diploma in Education' at Sydney College of Advanced Education.

1987 - 2008 full-time teacher (for 5 years) and Head Teacher (for 15 years) in Photography and Graphic Design at TAFE Sydney Institute - Randwick and The Design Centre Enmore in New South Wales.

1992 graduated with 'Diploma in Visual Art '. The University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, Paddington Sydney.

1993 solo exhibition, photo-media based installation: 'Bound: From my Fathers Boat-Botany Bay' and 'ROAM'. Installed in the ABC's Foyer Gallery in Ultimo, Sydney. Later shown at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

1993 graduated with 'Master of Art'. The University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, (COFA) Paddington Sydney.

1993 selected by the University of New South Wales (COFA) to show 'ROAM' and solely represent COFA at The National Graduate Show at The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia.

1993 'ROAM' in 'Medium Density- Contemporary Australian Drawings and Photographs' at The National Gallery of Australia. Canberra.

1994 exhibited 'ROAM' in 'Light-Works from The National Gallery of Australia' at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Australia.

1996 room installation 'Bound' in 'Sydney Photographed' at The Museum of Contemporary Art. Sydney. Australia.

1997 graduated with 'Master of Arts (Honours)' at The University of Western Sydney. New South Wales. Australia.

'Bound`: From my Fathers Boat-Botany Bay' exhibited at Casula Power - invited to participate in 'Australian Perspecta' - a series of photographs titled: 'Deceased Estate' in 'Fibro' at The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Western Sydney. Australia.

1998 exhibited in 'Swish' at Casula Powerhouse, New South Wales Australia -a series of photographic works installation 'Cherish 1'.

2003 exhibited in 'Hung Drawn and Quartered' at The University of Sydney's Tin Sheds Gallery. Australia.

2003 selected as a finalist in The Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize in conjunction with The Archibald Prize at The Art Gallery of New South Wales with a portrait study of The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG.

2005 Provest undertook a self initiated and self funded project, 'WELCOME' and travelled to Timor-Leste (East Timor) in late 2005 as part of an Austcare supporters group, led by Austcare CEO Michael G Smith AO Major General (Rtd), former Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in East Timor. Provest volunteered to document Austcare's projects and people in East Timor. A personal photographic portfolio was produced, to form the ' Timor-Leste ' Exhibition.

2006 'WELCOME ... to Timor-Leste' shown at The Sydney Institute Muse Gallery - DET TAFE NSW, in Ultimo.
Included in the exhibition are portraits of The President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos-Horta.

2007 - 2008. 'WELCOME .. to Timor-Leste' .The Sofitel Arts Hotel on Collins Street Melbourne Victoria, Australia.

2008 'WELCOME... to Timor-Leste'. The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) Gallery Bridge Street Sydney.

2008 work from 'WELCOME', 'Drawing on a wall in room used for torture', 2005, East Timor, shown in International Exhibition 'PEACE' at Regional Centre for Education and Training, Sharjah University City. United Arab Emirates.

2009 - full time practicing visual artist.

2009 - Solo show 'WELCOME .. to Timor-Leste' (East Timor) at 'Tusculum' - The Australian Institute of Architects, Potts Point, Sydney. NSW Australia

2009 – 2012 - Graduate Diploma with The International Yoga Teachers Association and MAPS 1 &2 - Mindfulness' Practices, with UCLA. 2013.

2010 – 2011 - The ABBEE – a work in progress at site of idle Woy Woy Abattoir - North of Sydney- Australia.

2012 - Artist in residence - site of idle Woy Woy Abattoir – 2 hours North of Sydney- Australia on the coast. Work on’ The ABBEE’.

2013 - Solo exhibition- installation of still photographs, ‘The ABBEE’ at Sandy Edwards ARTHERE Gallery - Sydney, Australia.

2014 - Group exhibition ‘SUMMER’ with Sandy Edward’s ARTHERE at Black Eye Gallery –Sydney Australia.

Donation for Charity Auction of The ABBEE illumination # 9 - in bespoke frame - for Kim Carpenter AM* ‘s - Theatre of Image. To facilitate children who have never experienced live theatre to do so. Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, Australia. ( Order of Australia )

2014 - Solo showing of still photographs series The ABBEE illuminations at Photo Independent Hollywood Los Angeles USA.

2014 - The International debut Premier Preview and artists talk at Photo Independent of a 20 minute development summary of the 5 hour moving image work The ABBEE illuminations in (Charlie) CHAPLIN THEATRE Raleigh Studios, Hollywood USA.

2014 - The Palms Springs Photo Festival.

2014 - New Mexico - private Premier Preview of the 20 minute taster of The ABBEE illuminations (a 5 hour work in progress – due out late 2014) at The Black Box Theatre Santa Fe Centre for Contemporary Art - New Mexico USA.

2014 - Work continues on the post-production of single channel gallery installation - 5-hour meditative moving image work - The ABBEE illuminations.

Provest's works are held in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Australia – Canberra ( title: 'ROAM' - sculpture and photography ), The West Australian Ministry for the Arts, The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Sofitel (Arts Hotel) on Collins - Melbourne Victoria.

Formal Awards of Appreciation were presented to Provest by AUSTCARE in 2008 for his help and support on World Refugee Day, at Yarralumla - Government House Canberra, and also for his work in supporting Landmine Action Week.

Donation for Charity Auction of The ABBEE illumination # 9 framed for Kim Carpenter AM* ‘s - Theatre of Image. To facilitate children who have never experienced live theatre to do so. Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, Australia. ( Order of Australia )

Provest is represented in the recently published book by Peter Conrad, 'Australia at Home', published by The National Gallery of Australia. Canberra

Media-records / publications / interviews by personal request please to Ian Provest via email , telephone or in person :

+61 (0)413 843 782

(213) 716 5432 ( United States of America ) – May 2014

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