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.

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Michael Snape at the Stonevilla Wearable Art Prize

Celebrated sculptor Michael Snape was recently invited to present his work as part of the Stonevilla Wearable Art Prize (SWAP) …

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Michael Snape – ‘The Voice’ at The 2023 Wynne Prize

Image above: The Voice Sculptures, image courtesy of Michael Snape In the following text, prominent Sydney Sculptor, Michael Snape, reflects …

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‘Sculpture by the Sea’ – on until 7 November

Image above: installation view, Camie Lyons  Impromptu Making and Shadow  steel, paint  350 x 250 x 190 cm. Australian Galleries …

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Barbie Kjar – Winner of the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

Image above: Barbie Kjar and her winning work No Expectations  2024 Photograph by Louisa Chircop Congratulations to Barbie Kjar, Winner …

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David Frazer ‘All That You’ve Loved’ Exhibition at Trinity College

‘David Frazer is primarily a graphic artist, a printmaker, who in his work creates a little microcosm, or a convincing …

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Michael Buzacott – SLOT Window Gallery 2024

Image above: Michael Buzacott  Olympia  2024  steel  199 x 130 x 69 cm   SLOT is an independent window gallery …

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Heather Shimmen Exhibition Featured in Memo Review

Curator Sheridan Palmer has written an insightful review for Memo Review of Heather Shimmen’s solo exhibition  The Sun Shining Ultravioletly …

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Dale Miles, Stephanie Monteith and David Horton – IGNITE Fundraising Event for Women for Change

Image above: Stephanie Monteith   Box and Crane  2022  graphite on paper  37 x 27 cm Fundraising event for Women for …

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Andrew Antoniou and Barbie Kjar – Finalists in the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

Barbie Kjar  No Expectations  2024  ink, charcoal and conte on Somerset paper  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Andrew Antoniou …

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Jennifer Keeler Milne – Grafton Regional Gallery

‘Reflecting about the last few years of my practise, I realised that the perspective to which I’m constantly drawn is …

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Deborah Williams in ‘GAZE’ group exhibition – Australian Print Workshop

Deborah Williams  Differences in degree  2016  etching, engraving, aquatint and roulette, edition 20, 53 x 56 cm A selection of works …

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Greg Weight’s portrait of Emily Kam Kngwarray included in NGA exhibition

Image: Professor Fred Myer and curator Kelli Cole pictured at the NGA Artworks L-R: Sandover Map, Cartography © Brenda Thornley …

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Philip Davey – Documentary by Peter M Lamont

Philip Davey, pictured in his studio Filmmaker Peter M Lamont, of Handmade Films, has created a short film focusing on …

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