Vernon Ah Kee

 

Born 1967 in Innisfail, North Queensland, Australia. Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Education

 

    2001-07

Doctorate of Visual Arts (Fine Art), Queensland College of Art

    1999-00

Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours (Fine Art), Queensland College of Art

    1996-98

Bachelor of Visual Arts, Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art, Queensland College of Art

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

     2014

Brutalities, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

     2013

Invasion Paintings, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

     2012

Hallmarks of the Hungry, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

     2011

Tall Man, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Victoria

Bad Sign, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

     2010

Tall Man, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Vernon Ah Kee, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Waru, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Kick Arts, Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Queensland

Blow your house in, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

becauseitisbitter, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

     2008

belief suspension, Artspace, Sydney, New South Wales

Borninthiskin, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

      2007

cant chant, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland

unwritten, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

conText, Postgraduate Assessment Exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Queensland

Drawings, Brisbane State High School, Brisbane, Queensland

      2006

not an animal or a plant, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

      2005

you must hit, Bellas MIlani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

mythunderstanding, The Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

      2004

fantasies of the good, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

       2003

consent, Gallery 1, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

       2002

non-People, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

        2001

whitefella normal blackfella me, Postgraduate Exhibition, Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

        2000

The Which Way, Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

        1999

If I was White, Metro Arts Building, Brisbane, Queensland

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

       2015

Imaginary Accord, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

Blackout, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales

See You at the Barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

       2014

Saltwater Country, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland

Subject to Ruin, Casula Power House, Casula, New South Wales

Four Rooms, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, South Australia

       2013

My Country: I Still Call Australia Home, Queensland Art Gallery  | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

Voice and Reason, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

Sakahan: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Canada

Shadowlife, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria

       2012-13

The Future’s Not What it Used to Be, touring Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales; Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange, Cornwall, England

Making Change: Celebrating the 40 Years of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations, touring: NAMOC, Beijing; COFA, Sydney, New South Wales

       2012

Everything Falls Apart, Artspace, Sydney, New South Wales

Propositions Part 2, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Negotiating this World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

      2011-12

Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James Sourris Collection, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

      2011

Barack Commissions. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

The Black Sea. Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Queensland

Counting Coup, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, New Mexico, USA

Evolving Identities: Contemporary Indigenous Art, John Curtain Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.

Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing, Asialink International touring exhibition: Nanwang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (NAFA), Singapore; PSG Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Bangkok; Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, Chiang Mai; Khon Kaen University Art Gallery, Thailand; National Art School Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Touring 2009-11.

     2010

roundabout. Wellington City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University, Victoria

National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

Jus’ Drawn, Linden Contemporary Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria

PUTSCH proppaNOW, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, South Australia.

     2009

Once Removed, 53rd Venice Biennale of Art, Venice, Italy

Terra Nullius: Contemporary Art from Australia, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany

I walk the line: new Australian drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales

Avoiding myth and message: Australian artists & the literary world, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales

    2008

Revolutions: Forms that Turn, 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales

In the space of elsewhere, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London

New Millennium, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, New South Wales

On Paper, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Optimism, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

     2007

Power & Beauty: Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Victoria

Regionalisms, University of Queensland Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland

National Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors, National Gallery of Art, Canberra, ACT

The Amersham Trophy, Ambleside Street Studio, West End, Brisbane, Queensland

Sunshine State, Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, Sydney, New South Wales

Friendly Fire, ProppaNOW Group, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland

Thresholds of Tolerance, School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Raised by Wolves, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia

     2006

Yours, Mine, Ours: The ABC of Everything, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, New South Wales

There Goes the Neighbourhood, Ambleside Street Studio, Brisbane, Queensland

Colonial to Contemporary, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland

The Sixth Drawing Biennale, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales

Radical Regionalism: The Empire of Shadows, Museum of London, London; Ontario, Canada

Queensland Live, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Touring: Gladstone, Logan, Bundaberg, Cairns, Ipswich, Cleveland, Mackay, Toowoomba, Queensland. Touring 2007-08

Dancelines, George Adams Gallery, The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria

     2005

ARC Art, Design & Craft Biennial, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, Queensland

Thick and Fast, The Powerhouse, Brisbane, Queensland

Art Urbain du Pacific, Diff’ Art Pacific, The Castle of St-Auvent, Saint Auvent, France

The Grey Voice, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales

Untitled, The Lane Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Face Value: Video portraiture from the Pacific, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales; Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland

     2004

skin, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

Cultural Copy: Visual Conversations on Indigenous Art and Cultural Appropriation, The Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

blak insights: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Queensland Art Gallery, Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

ART TV 2004: Australian Culture Now, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Victoria

Spirit and Vision: Aboriginal Art, Sammlung Essl—Kunsthaus, Klosternburg, Austria

     2003

Places That Name Us, RAKA Award: Contemporary Indigenous Visual Arts #3, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Victoria

1 Square Mile, Brisbane Boundaries, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Abstractions, The Drill Hall, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

This Is Not America, Dusseldorf, Germany; Queensland College of the Arts Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

4 x 4, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland

5 White Cubes, Forum Kunst Art Residency, Rottweil, Germany

Feedback: Art, Social Consciousness and Resistance, Museum of Art, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

     2002

Transit Narratives, Centro per la Arti Visive LE VENEZIE, Treviso, Italy; Auronzo di Cadore, Salone espositivo. Touring 2002-03

Municipio, Queensland College of the Arts Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland; Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Victoria; Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania


Awards and Prizes


    2014

15 Artists Prize, 2014, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Queensland

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

    2012

Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

 

Collections


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Artbank, Sydney

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

University of Technology, Sydney

Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland

Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania

Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

David Teplitzky and Peggy Scott Collection, Hong Kong

Kluge-ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, USA

 

Bibliography

 

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Chapman, Chris: “This is Not America: Here There” Chris Chapman, This Is Not America, June 27 – August 23 2003, Griffith University, Queensland 

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