Derry Messum

biography

BORN
Pwllheli,Wales

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008
Dickerson Gallery,Sydney
2006
Dickerson Gallery, Sydney
2004
Dickerson Gallery, Sydney
2004
Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2000
Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2000
Rex Irwin, Woollahra
1998
Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
1997
Rex Irwin, Woollahra
1995
Rex Irwin, Woollahra
1993
Rex Irwin, Woollahra
1990
Rex Irwin, Woollahra
1990
Wollongong City Gallery
1988
Hogarth Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
1986
Hogarth gallery, Paddington, Sydney
1985
Performing Shark Centre, Thirroul
1984
Performing Shark Centre, Thirroul
1984
Modern Art Gallery, Liverpool, Sydney
1983
East End Art, Darlinghurst, Sydney
1980
Only Gallery, Wollongong
1979
Stairs Gallery, Wollongong
1978
Stairs Gallery, Wollongong
1977
Stairs Gallery, Wollongong
1976
Stairs Gallery, Wollongong
1975
Ronlyn Gallery, Wollongong

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2008
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2007
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2006
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2005
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2004
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2003
Annual 6x6x6 sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2003
Dickerson Gallery, Richmond, Victoria
2002
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2002
Works on Paper, Rex Irwin's Gallery, Sydney
2001
Works on Paper, Rex Irwin's Gallery, Sydney
2001
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
2000
Annual 6x6x6 Sculpture Exhibition, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
1999
Works on Paper, Rex Irwin's Gallery, Sydney
1999
Toys by Artists, Newcastle University & Regional Galleries
1997
Works on Paper, Rex Irwin's gallery, Sydney
1997
Conrad Jupiter's Invitation Art Prize, Gold Coast, Queensland
1996
Geelong Fine Arts School Collection Exhibition
1992
Conrad Jupiter's Invitation Art Prize, Gold coast, Queensland
1990
The Artist's Eye, Rex Irwin's Gallery, Sydney
1990
Drawing on the Illawarra, University of Wollongong
1986
Illawarra Artists for Peace, Wollongong
1985
Coastbuster, Wollongong
1983
East End Art, Darlinghurst, Sydney
1983
Modern Art Gallery, Liverpool, Sydney
1981
Loose Connections, East Sydney Technical College
1980
South Coast Young Contemporaries, Wollongong City Gallery
1978
Stairs Gallery, Wollongong
1974
Ronlyn Gallery, Wollongong

PRIZES & AWARDS
2000
Winner Jackson Smith sculpture prize, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
1998
Winner Sculpture by the Sea, Waverly Council Prize
1995
Winner $10,000 Illawarra Mercury art prize
1989
Winner Works on Paper, Camden art prize
1987
Winner Commonwealth Bank Law Week art competition
1986
Winner Law Week art prize, Wollongong
1983
Winner Fisher's Ghost open painting prize, Campbelltown
1983
Winner Fisher's Ghost art prize for Landscape, Campbelltown, Sydney
1982
Winner Camden painting prize, West Sydney
1980
Winner Lloyd Rees drawing prize, Port Kembla, Wollongong
1979
Winner Lloyd Rees drawing prize, Port Kembla, Wollongong
1979
Winner Put into Port prize, Port Kembla, Wollongong
1978
Winner Port Kembla painting prize, Port Kembla, Wollongong
1977
Winner Wollongong BMI purchase prize, Wollongong

COLLECTIONS
Wollongong City Gallery
Newcastle City Gallery
Gold Coast Art Centre
Art Bank
Smorgan Collection
Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Geelong Fine Arts School, Geelong, Victoria
Private collections in Britain, US, Switzerland, France and Australia

BIBLIOGRAPHy
2004; 'Wit and Whimsy'; Art Shoalhaven
2000; Cosgrove, S; 'Iconic variation wins admiration of judges' Illawarra Weekender
1998; Baron, S; The Canberra Times
1992; Messum, D; Every one is an Island; Art Monthly
1991; Fern, L; 'Deadly serious lament'; Sydney morning’ Herald
1991; Lynn, E; 'No claws for Santa but plenty of anima'; Sydney Morning herald
1990; 'Casting an eye on newly emerging talent; Sydney morning herald
1990; Moragh, D; 'Flying in the face of fashionable art'; Illawarra Mercury

EDUCATION
1974 - 1976, Diploma in Fine Arts, National Art School East Sydney Tech, Alexander Mackie
1972 - 1973, Certificate in Fine Arts, National art school, Wollongong Tech