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

2020

2017

In Blog

Michael Snape – Feature on Archibald Portrait of Stuart Purves

Image above: Artist Michael Snape and Stuart Purves alongside Michael’s Archibald Finalist painting of Stuart Purves. “Stuart Purves has been …

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Finalists announced – Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021

Image above: Peter Wegner  Portrait of Guy Warren at 100  oil on canvas  120.5 x 151.5 cm Congratulations to Graeme …

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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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Raymond Arnold, Rosalind Atkins, Dianne Fogwell and David Frazer – WAMA Art Prize Finalists

Congratulations to Raymond Arnold, Rosalind Atkins, Dianne Fogwell and David Frazer on being selected as finalists in the inaugural WAMA …

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Petrus Spronk – My Life As An Artist in 8 Short Stories & Book Launch

You are warmly invited to attend a special event hosted by the formidable and beloved Petrus Spronk. Presented as a …

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Jimmy Rix – Sculpture on the Farm 2021

Image: Jimmy Rix  A Symbiotic Relationship  2021  Corten steel  edition of 4 + 1 AP  194 x 265 x 115 cm …

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Geoffrey Ricardo – Winner, 2021 Peebles Print Prize

Image above: Geoffrey Ricardo  A brief history of nonsense  aquatint, drypoint and etching  edition 10  50 x 50 cm Congratulations to …

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Camie Lyons – Residency at Umbi Gumbi 2020-21

Camie Lyons spoke with Australian Galleries on her residency at Umbi Gumbi 2020 and 2021. “I could return to this …

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Winsome Jobling – Ecologies of Change

Image above: Winsome Jobling  No planet B  2021  handmade papers, drypoint and stitching  40 x 30 cm We are delighted …

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Rosalind Atkins, Winsome Jobling and Glenda Orr – Banyule Award for Works on Paper 2021

Image above: Rosalind Atkins  Considering the tree  2020  engraving  edition 8  80 x 60 cm Congratulations to Rosalind Atkins, Winsome Jobling …

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G.W. Bot and David Frazer – 2021 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Image above: David Frazer  Waiting for Rain (panel 1, 2nd state)  2013  linocut  edition 50  51.5 x 48 cm Congratulations …

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Angus Fisher – Finalist in the Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize

Image: Angus Fisher  Don’t mention the Peacock  2020  graphite on paper  53 x 65 cm Australian Galleries is proud to …

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Danielle Creenaune, Martin King and Stephanie Monteith- Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2021

Image above: Danielle Creenaune  Epic  2021  lithography and Mokulito  107 x 177 cm Congratulations to Danielle Creenaune, Martin King and Stephanie …

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