Australian Art


Horizintal Tilt
Horizintal Tilt

AKA: Alex Spremberg

Born: 1950 Hamburg, Germany
  • Abstract
  • Conceptual
  • Contemporary
  • Installation
  • Painter
  • Known
  • Established
CPS Painting
CPS Painting

Shelf Life
Shelf Life


1950 Born Hamburg, Germany
1982 Arrived Western Australia
Lives in Fremantle, WA

1972 - 1978 Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany,
Student of Prof. Franz E. Walther
1995 - 1996 Lecturer in Painting, Edith Cowan University, WA
2003 Guest lecturer in Painting, Curtin University of Technology
1994 - 2005 Lecturer in Painting, WA School of Art, Design & Media

Solo Exhibitions
2005 Paint Works, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
2004 Alex Spremberg: paint and process, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Gravity Works, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
2000 The Colour of Paint, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
2000 Making Hay, International Art Space, Kellerberin
1999 Paintings, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1996 Painting?, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1994 Painting 1976 - 1994, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
1994 Kunst und Form, Essen, Germany
1993 Support, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1992 High, Wide and Deep, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1991 Basic Tables, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne
1990 Recent Paintings, Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1989 The Beach, Perth
1989 Festival of Perth Exhibition, Delaney Galleries, Perth

Selected Group Exhibitions
2005 AC4CA at the SNO Group, Factory 11, Sydney
2005 Shelf life, Galerie Dusseldorf, Festival of Perth
2004 BankWest Contemporary Art Prize, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art
2004 Image of Longing, Galerie Beeld & Aambeeld, Qua-art, Enschede, Netherlands
2004 Konkret, Goddard de Fiddes, Perth
2003 Simple Art, Stella A Galerie/Edition, Berlin, Germany
2003 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Award Exhibition, Church Gallery, Perth
2002 BankWest Contemporary Art Prize, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
2002 in abstract, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA, Perth
2002 IASKA Out of Site, John Curtin Gallery, Perth and touring throughout Australia
2002 Material Colour – Painting + Phenomenology, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth
2001 BankWest Contemporary Art Prize, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
2001 gallery heimatlos at The Church Gallery, Perth
2001 Art 01, Perth International Artfest
2000 Side by Side, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2000 Redlands Westpac Art Prize 2000, NSW
2000 Nackte Erscheinung, Edition Stella A, Berlin, Germany
2000 The Colour of Water, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth International Festival of the Arts
1999 Drawings and Marquettes, Mandurah, WA
1997 Galerie Dusseldorf – 21 Years Anniversary
1997 Artist in Residence, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA
1993 The Margaret Stewart Endowment: Part 2, National Gallery of Victoria
1992 Artist’s Choice, Greenhill Galleries, Perth, WA
1991 Customs House Show III, Fremantle, WA
1990 October, The Beach, Fremantle, WA
1990 Here and Now, Art Gallery of Western Australia
1990 Art Dock, Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art, Noumea, New Caledonia
1989 Gotham Goes Shopping, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA
1989 Pilasters, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA
1987 Triptychs, Praxis, Fremantle, WA

National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia;Artbank; University of Western Australia; Curtin University; Edith Cowan University; Central Metropolitan College of Tafe; Holmes ŕ Court Collection; Wesfarmers Collection; BankWest; Royal Perth Hospital; Perth Dental Hospital; Bernadt Collection; Legal Aid Victoria; DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin.

2002 – 2005 Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA)
2000 – 2002 gallery heimatlos
1997 – 1998 Terminus
1990 – 1992 Paint Kaput

Grants and Awards
2005 Winner, Artitude Prize Telethon Speech + hearing
2004 Winner, BankWest Contemporary Art Prize
2004 New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2004 Project Grant, ArtsWA, Department of Culture and the Arts
2002 People’s Choice Award, BankWest Contemporary Art Prize
2000 New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
1997 Project Grant, ArtsWA, Ministry for Culture and The Arts
1991 Creative Development Grant, W.A Department for the Arts

Public Projects
2003 The Rage in Placid Lake, a film by Tony McNamara
2003 Artwork for the Challenger Tafe Maritime Centre, Fremantle Campus
2003 Design of re-painting Queensgate Carpark, Fremantle, in collaboration with AC4CA
2001 Five Entrance artworks for Armadale Health Centre, in collaboration with L. Hankel

Selected Bibliography
Auty, G; Older and wiser, The Weekend Australian, 1 May 1999
Barrett-Lennard, J in abstract, exhibition catalogue, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Uni. of WA, 2002
Barrett-Lennard, J; Looking to Basics: Reductive Painting in the Here & Now, Fremantle Arts
Blond, S; Car parks come to life, The West Australian Weekend extra, December 2003
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, February 16, 1989
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 19 August 1989
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 5 May 1990
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 23 May 1992
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 2 November 1992
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 10 July 1993
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 18 June 1994
Bromfield, D; On Show, The West Australian, 2 November 1996
Bromfield, D; Laid on to good effect, The West Australian, 9 December 2000
Gaynor, A; Western review, July 1994
Marcon, M; Painterly Investigations, Praxis M, No 23, July, 1989
Marcon, M; Alexander Spremberg, Art Monthly, June 1990
Marcon, M; Alex Spremberg, Art & Text, No 46, September 1993
Marcon, M; Alex Spremberg: painting 1976-1994, Art and Australia, Autumn Issue 1989, vol. 26 no. 3
Marcon, M; IASKA Out of Site, exhibition catalogue, International Art Space, Kellerberrin, 2002
McGrath, J; Gallery Heimaltos, Xpress Magazine, October 2001
McNamara, P; Towards emotive clarification, Praxis M, no. 25, December 1989
Moore, M; The Queensgate Car Park, Artlink, vol. 24 no. 1, April 2004
Nicholls, A; An artrageous renaissance, SHOUT, December 2002
Snell, T; After hibernation, a big yawn, The Australian, 1 March 1989
Snell, T; Work that turns the glass on itself, The Australian, 31 August 1989
Snell, T; European influence stretches our view, The Australian, 21 May 1992
Snell, T; Fascination of watching paint dry, The Australian, 11 December 2000
Snell, T; Perceptual encounters, The Weekend Australian, 7-8 September 2002
Snell, T; Urban windows of opportunity, Weekend Australian, January 10-11, 2004
Spencer, R; Prize focus on double dissolution, The West Australian, 11 December 2004
Stringer, J; Artist-in-residence, publication produced with Richard Woldendorp
Weston, N; Abstracting the essence of art, The West Australian, 21 September 2002
Weston, N; Whimsy gets under the skin, The West Australian, 30 November 2002
Legge, J; Art in review, Insite 3, summer 04/05


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