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  Biography: Martin Heine
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North Fremantle
Perth 6159, W.A.

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My work comments on the dissonance between optimistic modern sensibilities and the egocentric chaos of a present, which can only live, like a vampire, on the slowly melting ghost of the modern. I paint from the back of the canvas, pushing colour through holes in the weave, to form a congealed but brilliant pattern of tiny dots of colours, images and ideas, a plastic equivalent of now, in which a ll that has been solid melts away. I have adapted many images, from my performances and the Internet , for my new work. My painting method perfectly embodies the current moment, the search for signs, which challenge popular meanings but remain charrming and accessible.


Single Exhibitions and Physical Illustrations

2008 Gallery East, new works

2007 - Kurb Gallery, KURB PERFORMANCE PERENNIAL a painter reborn physical Illustration.

2006 - Elements Art Gallery , ‘ paintings against painting' Reverse Iconography Paintings, Perth, WA.

Kurb Gallery , KURB PERFORMANCE PERENNIAL ‘Piece for Perth' Physical Illustration,

2005 - Andreas Baumgartl, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, reverse painting, private viewing, Munich, Germany.

2004 - Kurb Gallery , Mediocre Shunga / Use your Head , a Physical Illustration, Perth, WA.

2003 - The Sydney College of the Arts/Gallery Space, Reverse Icons 2003, Sydney, NSW.

Kurb Gallery , The Cider Press of Eroticism , a Physical Illustration, assisted by A. Frost, Perth, WA.

2000 - Munich Stadtmuseum , 'property of culture' Reverse Iconography, Munich, Germany.

1997 - Sculpture Park Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt , Commission, outdoor sculpture, 'magnum opus ', other

artists contributing works, Erwin Wurm, Moucle Blackout and others. Curated by Roland Langitz, Invitational.

1996 - Delaney Galleries , 'between appropriation and reference again' Perth, WA.

1995 - Gallery am Rossmarkt , 'locus necessitatis' exhibition in advance of Reverse Iconographies, Wolfsberg, Austria,

1994 - Delaney Galleries , 'cud new-new cud' Perth, WA.

Group Exhibitions and Projects

2008 Melbourne Art Fair

2008 - Andreas Baumgartl, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, reverse paintings, group show Munich Germany.

2007 - Gallery East , The Great Little Christmas show – group show, Nt. Fremantle, Perth WA

2003 - Art 03, WA Contemporary Art Fair , Lights Out I , Physical Illustration, KURB Gallery, Invitational.

2002 - Garage Gallery , ‘Blasenheit Macht Frei' Heine/Bromfield, a Physical Illustration, Perth, WA.

2001 - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tactical Intervention, Perth, WA. Curated by M. Canning. Invitational

The Verge Inc. Gallery, ‘Cutting out the Middleman' Heine/Bromfield, Perth, WA.

2000 - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 100 years TAFE, Perth, WA.

1999 - Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, a view from the sea, presenting 'The Honigpumpe is kaputt' a Physical

Illustration, Perth, WA. Curated by Dr. David Bromfield and Helen Carroll. Invitational

1998 - The Santo Tomas University , a view from the sea, Manila, Philippines, Curated by Dr. D. Bromfield/H. Carroll.

1997 - Zellkern Cancer Foundation, 'Hope' exhibition Artists supporting cancer patients, Linz Austria.

Kunstwerkstatt Heft / Hüttenberg, 'Sculpture Symposium' Klagenfurt, Austria

1996 - Berner Galerie/Photo Galerie, international exhibition 'Denkpause' , Bern Switzerland

1995 - Autoren Galerie , 'Bilder, Briefe, Noten' Munich, Germany.

1994 - Amica Bunker, New York, Sound sculpture, surprise things with local artists from New York.

Bathroom Wishes Art Space, 'serious shit' Heine/Mueller Installation, arrangements and paintings, New York.

1993 - New Artplace Claremont, ‘ The Advantage of Isolation' Perth, Australia

1991 - Gallery SEC - 52, ‘Eine Verheissung' Heine/Mueller Installation and multiples, Zürich, Switzerland.

1989 - Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Pietatem tres lamina, Heine/Mueller installation and collages, Perth WA.


2004/05 - Mediocre Sunga - use your head, Martin Heine , Catalogue with essay and images, by Dr. David Bromfield.

2004 - versus the vox populi Reflection on the practice of art as a quest for liberation, SCA, The University of Sydney.

2003 - Martin Heine/ Reverse Icons 2003 & a history of performance 1999 to 2003 , SCA, The University of Sydney.

1994 - Muscle ache , a book about culture and its incompatibility to go beyond the mediocre, `archif verlag', Switzerland .

Selected Reviews - see my website:


ECU University Art Collection Perth – documenta Archiv für die Kunst des 20. + 21. Jahrhunderts Kassel, Germany . The Museum of Modern Art Library, Archives and Study Centres , New York. Printed Matter, New York. John Hyde, MLA, Member for Perth, Australia.

The City of Wolfsberg, Austria. Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt, Austria. Kunstwerkstatt Heft/Hüttenberg, Austria. Numerous private collections in Australia and Europe.


Winner of the 10 th West Australian experimental Film and Video Festival , Perth, Western Australia (WA), in 1996 recipient of The Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence in the Visual Arts , The University of Western Australia in 1995.

Lectures/Public-Speaking Engagements

ABC radio interview with Justine Kelly, 2006 Smear Talk &# 8211 , 720

Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts, Mediocre Shunga - use your head , a video presentation and discussion about performance, immediacy and meaning, Ljubliana, Slovenia, 2005.


Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), 2004.

Master of Fine Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1996.

Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1992/95.

Claremont School of Art, Western Australia, 1990/91.

School of Creative Art, Bern, Switzerland, 1986/87.



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