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Alan was born in 1953 in Margaret River, Western Australia. As a small child he developed an ongoing love of drawing. When he was eight years old his family moved from Bunbury to the inland Wheatbelt town of Merredin, where at age 12 he finally persuaded his parents to buy him a small set of oil paints. He then began learning to paint by trying to copy Masters from books, along with instruction and encouragement from his School Teachers and local adult Artists.

In 1969 he achieved equal top mark in Western Australia for Art in the Leaving Certificate and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for tertiary studies. He was offered a place in Fine Art but due to parental insistence, in 1970 began an Associateship in Design course at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, now Curtin University. He began full time work in late 1973 as a Designer for the Western Australian Museum. Alan's design CV can be found HERE.

In 1977 he exhibited paintings for the first time in the Seven Young Western Australian Artists at the Undercroft Gallery, University of Western Australia. His first solo exhibition of paintings was in 1980 at Fremantle Arts Centre. Three solo exhibitions followed at Gallery 52, Claremont. These included two portraits that were finalists in the Archibald Prize.

In 1984 he was offered a Senior Designer position with the History Trust of South Australia and moved to Adelaide to design a new Migration Museum - the first of it's kind in Australia. Alan held two solo exhibitions at Anima Gallery in North Adelaide.

In 1987 he moved to Sydney to take up a Senior Designer position at the new National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. Alan lived in Redfern and exhibited regularly in alternative art spaces in Redfern, Newtown and Surry Hills.

In 1997 Alan returned to Perth to focus on his Art career and held seven solo exhibitions at Gallery East, North Fremantle. Since 2000 he has lived in the northern coastal suburbs of Perth, where he has a home studio.

Muller's work portrays the spiritual significance of place and references the complete history of the Swan and Canning Rivers and surrounding landscapes prior to Western settlement and acknowledges the region's traditional owners. Muller consults with an Aboriginal Elder and Traditional Owner regarding his use of Noongar language in titles. Muller's practice is driven by a deep respect for Aboriginal culture and traditions and a yearning for a more honest and comprehensive representation of the West Australian landscape. Alan's practice embodies a consistent and thorough investigation into the Western Australian landscape's spiritual and historical significance.
Melody Smith

Solo Exhibitions

2017                       Next Exhibition - Perth 360:A Survey of Paintings 1997-2017. Main Gallery, Wanneroo Cultural Centre          
                              16 September to 18 October 2017

2015                       River Drawings - Nyisztor Studio, Melville. WA. 6th - 20th September 2015

2014                       Derbarl Yerrigan, Djarlgarro Beelier - Swan and Canning Rivers, Melody Smith Gallery, Carlisle

2012                       Derbarl Yerrigan - The Swan River, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2010                       Soulburbia, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2008                       Perth Night Stories, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2006                       Perth Night Paintings, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2005                       Metro Coast SMS - paintings of Perth's Coast, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2003                       Illumineworks painted on location at Gracetown, Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

2001                       Urban Elemental - new paintings of Perth – Gallery East, North Fremantle, WA

1996                       Beauty and the Bridge – Paintings of Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island, South Australia,          

                                Gallery Café, Surry Hills, NSW

1994                       Bare Gallery, Newtown, NSW

1993                       Portraits 2, Artrage Festival, PICA, Perth Cultural Centre, WA.

1993                       Portraits 1, Bare Gallery, Newtown, NSW

1993                       Drawings – Airspace, Redfern, NSW.

1990                       Paintings – Gallery Café, Surry Hills, NSW

1985                       Anima Gallery, North Adelaide, SA.

1987                       Anima Gallery, North Adelaide, SA.

1984                       Gallery 52, Claremont, WA

1983                       Gallery 52, Claremont, WA

1981                       Gallery 52, Claremont, WA

1980                       Fremantle Arts Centre, WA.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016                       Shire of Mundaring Open Art Acquisition Exhibition, Mundaring Arts Centre

2016                       Minnawarra Art Award, Armadale District Hall, Armadale

2015/16                   Scene, Nyisztor Studio, Melville

2014                       Black Swan Heritage Art Award, Finalist, Brookfield Tower, Perth

2014/15/16              Busselton Art Award, Finalist, Art Geo, Busselton

2014                       Albany Art Prize, Finalist, Albany Town Hall, Albany

2013                       Albany Art Prize - Finalist - Albany Town Hall, Albany

2013                       Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Biennial Art Award

2013                       Black Swan Heritage Art Award 2013 Finalist - Linton Kay Gallery, Brookfield Place, Perth.

2013                       Bunbury Biennale - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury

2012                       A Child is Born Exhibition, Wesley Church, Perth

2012                       Black Swan Heritage Art Award 2012 Finalist - Linton Kay Gallery, Brookfield Place, Perth

2012                       Mandorla Art Award 2012 - Perth Town Hall, City of Perth

2012                       Aurum - Mundaring Arts Centre

2012                       'Safe Keeping', National Trust Heritage Festival of WA, Perth Town Hall

2010                       Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Biennial Art Award

2009                       Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA

2008                       Stations of the Cross Exhibition - Wesley Church, Perth

2001 - 09                  City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Joondalup, WA

2007                       Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA

2002                       Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, VIC

2001 - 02                  City of Perth Invitation Art Award, Perth, WA

1986                       Adelaide Festival Exhibition, Anima Gallery, North Adelaide, SA

1983                       Archibald Prize Finalist, New South Wales Art Gallery, NSW

1982                       Archibald Prize Finalist, New South Wales Art Gallery, NSW

1978 - 79                  Perth Portrait Prize

1977                       Seven Young Western Australian Artists - Undercroft Gallery, UWA

Awards

2015                       Busselton Art Awards, Commendation Award.

2015                       Wanneroo Art Awards, Commendation Award, Painting

2014                       Wanneroo Art Awards, Commendation Award, Works on Paper

2013                       Royal Agricultural Society Art Awards - Category 2 Highly Commended

2012                       Wanneroo Art Awards - Winner

2012                       Joondalup Community Art Awards - Category Painting

2011                       Royal Agricultural Society Art Awards - Public Choice Award

2011                       Minnawarra Art Awards, City of Armadale - Category 2, Highly Commended

2007                       City of Albany WA - Category 2 Best Oil/Acrylic

2005                       City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award WA - People’s Choice Award

2004                       Town of Vincent WA - Category 3  Vincent Award

2004                       City of Stirling WA - Category 2 Award

1983                       Fremantle Arts Centre, WA - Winner Open Painting Award

1979                       Perth Portrait Prize, WA - Category 2 Award Best Western Australian Entry

 
Collections

Artbank, Armadale Redevelopment Authority Collection, Lawrence Wilson Gallery – UWA; Central Tafe Collection, Royal Perth Hospital Collection, City of Perth, City of Stirling, City of Fremantle, City of Wanneroo, Shire of Mundaring, Army Museum of Western Australia, Private Collections.

Commissions

2015                      City of Wanneroo, ANZAC Commission, Australian Resilience

1986                      Adelaide Festival of Arts Poster for the Adelaide Festival Centre

Alan Muller's Design CV

 

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