Michael Lindeman

Michael Lindeman shines a light on the mechanics of the contemporary art world. Relying on humour as a liberating and disarming tool, he examines relations surrounding class, taste and power. Lindeman’s work often takes form as large-scale text paintings, drawings and sculptures. Drifting between stream of consciousness writing and structured research-based content, he aims for a type of wry institutional critique.

While inverting structures of power and inviting an absurd dialogue with the viewer, Lindeman calls into question how financial and cultural value is attached to various branches of creative activity. In direct contrast to the notion of artist as genius, his work exemplifies a wilful idiocy combined with a cerebral analysis that goes out on a limb to contribute innovation to the field.

Lindeman’s work sets out to activate repressed impulses, embody alienation, and disrupt convention. Alongside of steering viewers into appraising their own experiences, Lindeman’s practice also confronts the realism of his locus as an artist.

Lindeman has been recognised in multiple awards and prizes, most recently as the Winner of the 2022 Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Other awards and prizes include the Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Queensland (2020, Finalist); Fishers Ghost Art Award (2020, Finalist); Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Queensland (2020, Finalist); Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney, (2019, Finalist); Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, (2017, Finalist); National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2013, Finalist);  Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, (2013, Finalist); Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, (2013, Finalist). In 2010, he won both the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney and the Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. 

 Lindeman has exhibited in exhibitions nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Art Habits, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney (2021); An Awkward Dance, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2018); The Creative Act, The Delaware Contemporary, Delaware, USA (2018); Studio Chatter, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2015); LA International Biennal, 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica (2001); and The Lounge, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2000). Recent group exhibitions include Cars = My Automolove, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland (2015); National Artists' Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2013); Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC (2012); House Inspection: Interior Motives, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2011); and Subtext: Art for Literacy, Carriageworks, Sydney (2011). 

He is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy, and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours (First Class, 1998) and a Master of Fine Arts (2004), from University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts. Lindeman lives and works in Sydney.

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