BRIAN LOOKER - Contemporary Wildlife Artist

Awards + Prizes Exhibitions - Selected finalist


2017 Burririnja Climate Change Biennale - (Upwey - Australia)

2017 30 x 30 Art Prize - Art Piece Gallery (Mullumbimby - Australia)

2017 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award - Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane - Australia)

2016 Holmes Art Prize - Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (Caloundra - Australia)

2016 SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning the Environment (Warrnambool, Victoria)

2014 Aspiring Art Prize (Arrowtown - New Town)

2014 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (Whakatane - New Zealand)

2014 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (Hamilton - New Zealand)

2014 Hope & Sons Art Award (Dunedin - New Zealand)

2014 Premier Locations Realty Painting Award (Dunedin - New Zealand)

2014, 2013 The Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards (Dunedin - New Zealand)

2013 Peter's Doig Marlborough Art Awards (Blenheim - New Zealand)


Group Exhibitions - Selected finalist

2017 Tasart - Burnie Regional Art Gallery - (Burnie - Tasmania)

2017 Art from Trash - Long Gallery - (Salamanca - Hobart)

2017 Huon Art Awards - HAEG - (Cygnet - Tasmania)

2017 Waterways Art Exhibition _ Long Gallery - (Salamanca - Hobart)

2016 'Birds + Us' - Birdlife Australia (Threatened Bird Network) - Claire Layman Gallery (Melbourne)

2014, 2013, 2012 The Original Art Sale (Auckland - New Zealand)

2014 'The Longest Night' Exhibition (Wellington - New Zealand)

2014 Christchurch Art Show (Christchurch - New Zealand)

2014 The Art Sale (Hamilton - New Zealand)

2013 Art Expo (Nelson - New Zealand)

2013 'Miscellany' - The Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery (Blenheim - New Zealand)



Awards + Commendations Received


2017 Kingborough Art Award - Overall Winner

2017 Artlands - People's Choice Award

2016 Huon Art Awards - Highly commended

2017 Waterways Art Exhibition - Commended

2016 Huon Art Awards - Highly commended

2015 Watermark Exhibition - Highly commended

2015 Latrobe Art & Photographic 'Inside Out Exhibition' - Highly commended

2013 The Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards (Dunedin) - 2nd place

2012 Franklin Arts Festival - Popular Choice Award (public vote)



Commissions + Contracts


2016 Detached - Installation of 'The Key in the hand' - Chiharu Shiota (artist)

2015 TMAG Design, fabrication and installation of Diorama 'Patterns in Nature"

2015 Detached - Reinstallation of Diorama - 'Perhaps the world is fine tonight' - Patricia Piccinini

2015 Detached in association with Dark Mofo - Assemblage and Installation - 'The Shadows Calling' - Peter Hennessey + Patricia Piccinini

2011 National Aquarium of New Zealand - Design and fabrication of five interactive educational Diorama's



Joint Exhibition


2013 Joint exhibition with Robyn Williams - CHB Settlers Museum, Waipawa


Group Exhibitions - Open

2016 10th Anniversary SmallWorks Art Prize - Brunswick Street Gallery (Melbourne)

2016 Kingborough Art Prize

2016 Huon Art Award

2016 Australian Wild Art Awards

2016 7th Belle Arti Prize

2016 Clarence Open Art Exhibition

2015 Latrobe Art & Photographic 'Inside Out Exhibition'

2015 Watermark Art Exhibition

2015 Kingborough Art Prize

2015 Tasmanian Art Awards

2014, 2013, 2012 Art-X National Art Exhibition (Napier - New Zealand)

2013, 2012 Manawatu Art Expo (Palmerston North - New Zealand)

2013, 2012 Whanganui National Art Exhibition & Awards (Whanganui - New Zealand)

2013, 2012 Franklin Arts Festival (Pukekohe - New Zealand)

2013, 2012 The Big Wai Art Sale (Carterton - New Zealand)

2013 One Size Fits All (Hamilton - New Zealand)

2013 Darfield Art Week (Darfield - New Zealand)

2012 Small Works Exhibition - Electra Gallery (Waipukurau - New Zealand)

2012 CHB The Festival (Waipukurau - New Zealand)

2012 Taranaki National Art Awards (Opunake - New Zealand)


Residencies + Travel

2006 Winston Memorial Trust of Australia Fellowship

       Study Museum Diorama Construction and Model Making techniques and materials


Employment History


2011 - present Full time artist


1993 - 2010 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery - Senior Display Artist/Preparator

* Design and fabrication of diorama's ~ scene painting ~ taxidermy

* Preparation of natural history specimens ~ articulation of skeletal material

* Moulding and casting of delicate museum specimens

* Mannequin construction

* Hand painted finishes ~ marbling ~ wood graining ~ floor cloths

* Maintenance, construction, installation and dismantling exhibitions

* In consultation design, develop and present projects and activities for school holiday and TMAG visitor programs

* Provide training and practical work place experience to students from UTAS

* Field Support in Devil Trapping and Whale Strandings


1992 - 1993 Port Arthur Historic Site - Tasmania

construction of scale models ~ replication of artefacts ~ floor cloths ~murals


1990 - 1992 Western Australian Museum - Display Department

murals ~ screen printing ~ display prop construction ~ mannequin construction


Qualifications

Display artist + Sign writer