Michael Snape

b. 1951

Michael Snape is a sculptor of national significance, who deftly composes structures using combinations of silhouetted human figures. Snape’s continuing fascination with the literal and metaphysical interconnectedness of people resonates poetically through his captivating and masterfully formed steel sculptures, which range from small to considerably large scale. Snape’s works are derived from laser cutting, which is then radically reworked to allow the artist to leave his worked mark. Aesthetically satisfying curves and familiar human forms blend and connect with a rhythmic flow, leading the viewer to find and make connections both visual and conceptual.

Michael Snape has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and New York and has received a number of major public sculpture commissions in locations across Australia including Melbourne, Darling Harbor, Bondi, Kings Cross and Balmain. Snape’s work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland; Macquarie University, Sydney; McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Melbourne; Orange Regional Gallery, Orange; the Melbourne Powerhouse Museum and in numerous Private Collections.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

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In Blog

Michael Snape – HarbourSculpture Award

The judge for this year’s HarbourSculpture Award is acclaimed Australian artist and Balmain local, Michael Snape. HarbourSculpture first began in 2014, …

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Artists Announced – Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2020

Image: Peter Lundberg, Return to Sea (2013), bronze, edition 1/2 22 October – 8 November 2020 Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi …

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Michael Snape – Sculpture Blog

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Kyoko Imazu: Mayflies & Stars

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Camie Lyons – Winner of 2021 Sculpture at Scenic World Award

Above image: Camie Lyons, Stick Figures (keepers), bronze, in situ. Photograph: Keith Maxwell. Congratulations to Camie Lyons who has been …

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Mary Tonkin – Podcasts

Image above: Mary Tonkin  Ripples, Kalorama  2020  oil on linen  71 x 80 cm Landscape painter, Mary Tonkin, has recently …

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Dobell Drawing Prize – Martin King

Image above: Martin King  Strangerlands #1  2020  graphite on drafting film with watercolour on paper, gouache and metal foil  148 …

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Jimmy Rix – Road Kill

Last week, Jimmy Rix’s monumental 18 metre-long sculpture, Road Kill, was installed in Forbes, NSW as part of a major …

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Entrancing Others: A Group Exhibition – Gippsland Art Gallery

Image above: G.W. Bot  Other glyphs  2020  linocut 38 x 38 cm – Photography courtesy of Tim Gresham Sue Anderson, …

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Cry of the Land: Mandy Martin

Image above: Mandy Martin  Falling star 5  2012  pigment and oil on linen  76 x 280 cm Mandy Martin’s work …

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Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – The King’s School Art Prize

Image above: Janet Luxton  Eye contact  2021  oil on linen canvas  125 x 165 cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton and …

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2021 Gallipoli Art Prize – Michelle Hiscock

Image above: Michelle Hiscock  Menin Gate  2021  oil on linen  61 x 75 cm Congratulations to Michelle Hiscock who has …

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Rodney Pople Glover Prize Finalist 2021

Above image: Rodney Pople, Liffy Falls, oil on linen, 141 x 181cm, 2021   A huge congratulations to Rodney Pople …

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