Artist: Godwin Bradbeer


Godwin Bradbeer is a Melbourne based artist with a reputation for intense and large scale figurative drawing. He has taught at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and other art schools in Australia and in Asia. From 2005 until 2010 he was the Head of Drawing in the School of Art at RMIT University in Melbourne.
Despite substantial experience as a photographer and a painter his most definitive practice is most frequently in various modes of drawing. His figurative art draws upon the primitive, the classical and the contemporary aesthetics of many cultures and disciplines. The drawings seek the credible portrayal of the miracle of existence over pictorial descriptions of character, narrative or ideology.
Bradbeers’ work is included within the collections of the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of N.S.W., the Art Gallery of South Australia, Parliament House, Canberra, the Archive of Humanist Art, Commonwealth Art Bank, Lim lip Museum, Korea, Korean Art Institute, the University of Western Carolina, U.S.A. and other institutional collections nationally and internationally.
His work has also been been shown at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. in the Dobell Drawing Award, the national award for drawing in Australia, a prize that he won in 1998 and has subsequently been included a further 11 times.
In the 1970’s together with Warren Breninger, he pioneered a radically experimental approach to photography, addressing the human subject as a vehicle for a poignant and transcendant symbolism. The two artists held eight collaborative exhibitions in that decade. Since then Bradbeer has held over forty solo exhibitions and in 2006-2007 the survey exhibition; ‘Godwin Bradbeer - The Metaphysical Body’ toured eight regional galleries in Australia.
Bradbeer is included in many publications on Australian art, most recently;‘Critical Moments’ by Jeff Makin (MacMillan, Australia, 2011), ‘Contemporary Australian Drawing #2’ by Janet McKenzie (Palgrave - Macmillan 2012), ‘Twenty Years -The Dobell Drawing Prize’ (AGNSW, 2012).
The artist is represented in Melbourne by the James Makin Gallery, in Sydney at the Annandale Galleries and in Adelaide by BMGArt.


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Video: Godwin Bradbeer: Studio discussion concerning issues of ethics and representation


Exhibitions are online showcases of visual work by this artist.

Exhibition: Godwin Bradbeer