Euan Heng explores the role of abstraction in figuration in his painting, printmaking and drawing practice. Much of his work derives from something seen, heard or remembered, but Heng also plays with artifice and the imaginary. His fascination with flatness, expressed with immediacy and economy is influenced by his interest in Italian iconography, medieval frescoes, Chinese ancestor portraits and 16th century Mughal art. His elegant meditations on line and shape incorporate recurring motifs from the artist’s career, including the portrait, stripped of many features; the tree, sharp and geometric; and the sea, which figured so strongly in the artist’s early life as a merchant seaman.

The Scottish-born artist has lived in Australia since 1977 and has exhibited extensively here and abroad. His work is represented in public and university museum collections in all states of Australia and in Scotland. Euan Heng recently retired from his role as Associate Professor in Fine Art at Monash University, Melbourne. He held many prestigious and senior appointments during his academic career. Heng has participated in visiting artist/lectureships and residences in Australia and overseas, including the Australia Council Residency at the British School in Rome in 1999 and a Royal Scottish Academy Residency in Scotland in 2010. In 2004 he received the Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools Distinguished Research Award.

Euan Heng lives and works in Melbourne.

Represented by Niagara Galleries
  • Solo Exhibitions
    • 2016 Make-believe, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2013 Liquid geometry, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2011 Curious Music, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
    • 2011 Interlude Suspended, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
    • 2010 A Fond Farewell, The Steeples, Newburgh, Scotland
    • 2010 In progress part 1, The Steeples, Newburgh, Scotland
    • 2008 Semaphore, new paintings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
    • 2007 E is For Elephant, Spare Room, Carlton RMIT University, Melbourne
    • 2006 Turning for Shelter: A survey exhibition 1979–2005, Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
    • 2005 Drawings, Australian Galleries, Sydney
    • 2004 Elsewhere, Australian Galleries, Melbourne Art Fair
    • 2003 Watercolours and Prints, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
    • 2002 Recent Works on Paper, Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
    • 2001 Abracadabra, Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
    • 2000

      Watercolours and Drawings, Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Melbourne

      Graffiti, Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Melbourne

      Another Riddle, Greenhill Galleries and Perth International Arts Festival, Perth

    • 1999 Work in Progress, British School at Rome, Italy
    • 1997 Recent Works on Paper, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    • 1996 Works on Paper, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
    • 1995

      Paintings and Prints, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

      Studio Notes, McClelland Art Gallery, Langwarren, Victoria

    • 1992

      Paintings and Watercolours, Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney

      Paintings and Watercolours, Greenhill Galleries, Perth

    • 1991 Cycle, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
    • 1990 Watercolours, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    • 1989 Paintings, 70 Arden Street Gallery, Melbourne
    • 1988 Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, 70 Arden Street Gallery, Melbourne
    • 1987

      Survey of Selected Work (1977 to 1987), Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria

      Drawings, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, Churchill, Victoria

    • 1985 Paintings and Drawings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    • 1984 Paintings and Prints, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
    • 1980 Paintings and Prints, Editions Gallery, Melbourne
    • 1979 Paintings and Prints, Arts Council Gallery, Canberra
    • 1976 Paintings and Prints, Stirling Gallery, Stirling, Scotland
    • 1974 Prints, Stirling Gallery, Stirling, Scotland
    • 1973 Prints, Kind Kytocks Gallery, Falkland, Scotland
  • Selected Group Exhibitions
    • 2016 A Fine Line: Drawings from the collection, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Vic
    • 2016 Between a rock and a hard place, Megalo Print Studio Gallery, ACT
    • 2016 Blue Chip XV111, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
    • 2016 Eventide, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic
    • 2016 Authenticity …? , Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
    • 2015 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Vic
    • 2015 Recent acquisitions, Ballarat Art Gallery, Ballarat, Vic
    • 2015 Blue Chip, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
    • 2014 Beloved beastie, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Vic
    • 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Vic
    • 2014 Niagara Galleries at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2013 Abstraction, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2013 Blue Chip XV: The Collectors Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
    • 2013 A Collective Vision: Prints from the Castlemaine Art Gallery Permanent Collection 1970 – 2013, Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum, Castlemaine, Victoria
    • 2013 Reading the Space, Contemporary Australian Drawing #3, New York Studio School, NY, USA
    • 2012 Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney & Niagara Galleries, Melbourne – Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, Vic
    • 2012 Contemporary Australian Drawing #2, The Gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, London
    • 2012 Inspired editions, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Scotland
    • 2012 Niagara Galleries at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2012 Face-to-Face, Deakin University Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
    • 2012 Moment, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2011 Ultra Neon, Light Projects, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2011 The gravity of the situation, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2011 Ephemeral by Nature-Lasting by Design, Deakin University Gallery & Whitehorse Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2011 Weaving Art and Change, Fortyfive Downstairs, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2011 Scottish Painters in Australia, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum, Victoria.
    • 2011 Home-real and ideal, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, NSW
    • 2010 The Naked Face (Self-Portraits), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2010 Royal Scottish Academy Open, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • 2010 Niagara Galleries at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2010 Contemporary Australian Drawing, RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2009 The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Victoria
    • 2009 Art on paper, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney. NSW
    • 2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 09, Bendigo City Art Gallery, Victoria
    • 2009 Niagara Galleries at the Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand
    • 2009 Step right up: Australian art and the circus, Art Centre, Melbourne
    • 2008 Magestry, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
    • 2008 Drawn Encounters, The Gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, London
    • 2008

      In Black and White: Works from the Collection, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria

      Who Let the Dogs Out, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery; Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, New South Wales

    • 2007 Re (action), Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
    • 2007 Farewell To The Stables: A Toast, Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
    • 2007 Stranger Geography, Palazzo Vaj, Prato, Italy
    • 2007 Australian Drawing part 2, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
    • 2007

      How I entered there I cannot say, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

      Strange Geography, Kingsgate Gallery, London

      Let Them Roam, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

    • 2006 Sixth Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
    • 2005

      The Big Small Tapestry Show, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Victoria

      Contrasts, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales

      Academici, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne; The British School at Rome, Italy

      Dwelling, The Hanover Print Collection, Chrysalis, Melbourne

    • 2004

      Paper Animals, Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne

      Pelt, RMIT (Project Space), Melbourne

      Place Made, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

    • 2003

      Ubiquitous Beauty, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria

      Odd, RMIT School of Art and Culture, Melbourne wall \ paper, Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Melbourne

      Wildlife, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne

      Edition + Artist Book Survey, The Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra

      Workings of The Mind, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

    • 2000/1 People in a Landscape: Contemporary Australian Prints, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila and touring Taiwan, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand
    • 2000

      Liberty, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

      Small Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne

      Australian Identities in Printmaking, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, New South Wales

    • 2000

      Cutting Comments – Contemporary Linocuts: 1995-1998, NETS Victoria and touring

      Proof Positive, Gold Treasury Museum, Melbourne

    • 1999 Cabinet Works, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
    • 1998

      Orientations, New Parliament House, Canberra

      From The Block, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

      Metamorphosis, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

      Decalogue, Metropolitan Museum of Seoul, Korea

      Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

    • 1997 Figurative Forces, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
    • 1996

      Blake Prize for Religious Art, State Library of NSW, Sydney

      Call of the Wild, New Parliament House, Canberra

    • 1995 50th Anniversary Exhibition: Migration – Enriching Australia (1945-1995), The Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
    • 1994 Watercolour Exhibition by the artists of ROC, USA and Australia, Chung Cheng Gallery, The Taiwan Art Education Institute, Taiwan
    • 1994

      Margaret Stewart Endowment, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

      Mixed Impressions, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of NSW, Sydney

    • 1993 Excaliber, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
    • 1992 Recently Seen, McClelland Art Gallery, Victoria
    • 1991 Indo-Echo, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell; Sale Regional Gallery, Sale; Linden Gallery, Melbourne
    • 1991 Transitional Times, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne
    • 1990 Contemporary Gippsland Artists, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria and touring all states and territories
    • 1990 Modern and Contemporary Australian Watercolours and Gouaches, John Buckley Fine Art, Melbourne
    • 1988

      The October Show, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria

      100 x 100, Print Council of Australia bicentennial touring exhibition

    • 1985 The Relief Print, Scottish Arts Council Exhibition touring Scotland
    • 1984

      Contemporary Australian Printmakers, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto; Pratt Graphic Centre, New York

      Australian Printmakers, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Ogisu Memorial Museum of Inazawa City, Japan

    • 1983

      Seven Painters Different Viewpoint, The University of Melbourne Art Gallery, Victoria

      International Print Exhibit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

    • 1977 10 Years, Dundee Young Painters: Dundee Museum and Art Gallery, Dundee, Scotland
    • 1976 Pernod – Scottish Art, Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • 1975 Trees, Stirling Gallery, Stirling, Scotland
    • 1974 Scottish Young Contemporaries, McClelland Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland
    • 1973 International Print Exchange, Compass Gallery, Glasgow; Montpellier Ecole des Beaux Arts, France; Illinois State University, USA and DJCA
  • Collections
    • Aquinas College, Melbourne
    • Art Bank, Sydney
    • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
    • Australian Print Workshop Archives
    • Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria
    • Ballarat University, Victoria
    • Bathurst Art Gallery, NSW
    • Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
    • Box Hill College of TAFE, Victoria
    • Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
    • Charles Sturt University, New South Wales
    • City of Whitehorse Collection, Victoria
    • City of Yarra Art Collection, Victoria
    • Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales
    • Federation University, Ballarat & Gippsland Campuses
    • Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
    • Gippsland Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
    • Gladstone Art Gallery, Queensland
    • Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
    • Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
    • Institute for the Arts, ANU, Canberra
    • Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria
    • Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia
    • McLelland Art Gallery, Victoria
    • Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
    • Methodists Ladies College, Melbourne
    • Mildura Art Centre, Victoria
    • Monash Museum of Art, Monash University, Melbourne
    • Mornington Peninsula Art Centre, Victoria
    • Naracoorte Art Gallery, South Australia
    • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    • New England Regional Museum, New South Wales
    • New Parliament House Collection, Canberra
    • Print Council of Australia Archives
    • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
    • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
    • Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
    • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Victoria
    • State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
    • Stirling University, Scotland
    • Stonington Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
    • Deakin University Museum of Art, Melbourne
    • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
    • Toowoomba City Gallery, Queensland
    • University of Southern Queensland
    • Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, New South Wales
    • Warnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
  • Books
    • Sasha Grishen, Accounting for Taste, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2013
    • Janet Mckenzie, Australian Drawing #1, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2012
    • Steven Millar, Dogs in Australian Art, Wakefield Press, SA, 2012
    • Jeff Makin, Critical Moments, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2011
    • Greer Honeywell, ’Euan Heng’, Sonia Payes, Untitled: Portraits of Australian Artists, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2007
    • Susan McCulloch, The New McColloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, The Meigunyah Press and Aus Art Editions, 2006
    • Laura Murray Cree, Awesome! Australian Art for Contemporary Kids, Craftsman House, Australia, 2002
    • Gary Catalano, Building a Picture: Interviews with Australian Artists, McGraw-Hill, Australia, 1997
    • Sasha Grishen, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Artist Printmakers, 1990 to 1995, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996
  • Catalogues & Essays
  • Journals
  • Newspaper Articles & Reviews
    • Robert Nelson, ‘Liquid Geometry’, The Age, 11 December 2013
    • Jeff Makin, ‘Simplicity’s an art in itself’, Herald Sun, 31 July 2006
    • Megan Backhouse, ‘The freedom of years’, The Age, Review, 16 October 2004
    • Peter Hill, ‘Zero Hour’, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 2003
    • Robert Cook, ‘In the picture’, The West Australian, Weekend Extra, 26 April 2003
    • Victoria Hynes, ‘Line Dancer’, Sydney Morning Herald, Metro, 28 June 2002
    • Peter Hill, ‘In flight with snails and shoes’, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 2002
    • Lenny Ann Low, ‘Euan Heng’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 – 23 June 2002
    • Kourtney Kidd, ‘Cartoon in colour’, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 2001
    • Robert Nelson, ‘A strong showing – Visual arts year in review’, The Age, 27 December 2000
    • Anna Clabburn, ‘Trappings of success’, The Australian, 17 November 2000
    • Robert Nelson, ‘Seeing is believing’, The Age, 24 November 2000
    • Peter Timms, ‘Tell-tale signs of Renaissance Italy’, The Age, 19 April 2000
    • Anna Clabburn, ‘Inspired artists push the parameters’, The Australian, 14 April 2000
    • David Bromfield, ‘Arts Review’, The West Australian, 5 February 2000
    • Peter Timms, ‘Not all magic in this realism’, The Age, 12 August 1998
    • Robert Rooney, ‘Magic realism tour waiting to take you away’, The Australian, 14 August 1998
    • Sasha Grishin, ‘Elegant, intimate little exhibition’, Canberra Times, 7 February 1998
    • Neville Weston, ‘Supping with the devil’, The Western Review, no.31, September 1997
    • Ted Snell, ‘Much more to life beyond politics’, The Australian, September 1997
    • Robert Nelson, ‘Modern art for modern life’s sake’, The Age, 11 June 1997
    • Josephine Allison, ‘Selective approach sharpens up satire’, The West Australian, 11 April 1996
    • Robert Nelson, ‘Blockbuster to schlockbuster – in 1995 the world of visual arts has taken flight’ The Age, 27 December 1995
    • Robert Nelson, ‘Cool sympathies in a bleak landscape’, The Age, August 1995
    • Robert Rooney, ‘Melbourne Art’, The Australian, 11 August 1995
    • Christopher Heathcote, ‘Lighthearted paintings and sculpture get year into gear’, The Age, 3 February 1993
    • Christopher Heathcote, ‘Imagined worlds provide the inspiration for a new movement’, The Age, 9 December 1992
    • David Bromfield, ‘On show’, The West Australian, 26 September 1992
    • Ron Banks, ‘Pictures that tell their tale’, The West Australian, 29 September 1992
    • Christopher Heathcote, ‘Unassuming pictures from an alcove at an imaginary exhibition’, The Age, 3 September 1992
    • Christine France, ‘Dark expressions of self-alienation’, The Weekend Australian, August 1992
    • Bronwyn Watson, ‘Surrealists with attitude’, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 June 1992
    • Christopher Heathcote, ‘Lucid stirring pictures that linger in the mind’, The Age, June 1992
    • Louise Dauth, ‘Hard questions’ Artlink, vol.12, no.2, 1992
    • Peter Hill, ‘Rich narrative behind Heng imagery’, The Age, September 1990
    • Gary Catalano, ‘Blake questions today’s artists’, The Age, December 1989
    • Gary Catalano, ‘Heng’s deep emotional resonances’, The Age, September 1989
    • Gary Catalano, ‘When construction is the key’, The Age, April 1988
    • Robert Rooney, ‘Once an Englishman’, The Weekend Australian, April 1988
    • Jeannie Heynatz, ‘Individual look at industry’, Latrobe Valley Express, July 1987
    • Sonia Baron, ‘Print and paint artists compared’, Canberra Times, 1984
    • Rod Carmichael, ‘The look of real things’, The Sun, Melbourne, June 1983
    • Robert Rooney, ‘Realism all but forgotten’, The Weekend Australian, June 1983
    • Allan McCulloch, ‘Surprises from our past’, Melbourne Herald, November 1980
    • William Ferguson, ‘Pernod winners on show’, Times Educational Supplement, Scotland, 1976
    • Juliet Clough, ‘Art’, Times Educational Supplement, Scotland, December 1975
    • William Ferguson, ‘Art’, Times Educational Supplement, Scotland, October 1974
    • Edward Gage, ‘Art Gallery’, Scotsman, September 1974
    • Emilio Coia, ‘Pictures and private enterprise’, Glasgow Herald, September 1974
  • Authored By The Artist
  • Awards, Grants & Residencies
    • 2010 Royal Scottish Academy/Scottish Arts Council, Residencies for Scotland Program
    • 2006 City of Melbourne Arts Grant
    • 2006 RMIT Printmaking Summer Residency
    • 2004 ACUADS Distinguished Research Award
    • 1999 Australia Council Residency, British School at Rome
    • 1976 Scottish Arts Council Short Term Bursary
    • 1976 A Pernod Prize, Scotland (Painting)
    • 1974 GTV Prize (Printmaking)
    • 1974 Scottish Post Graduate Scholarship
    • 1973 BMK Travelling Award, Paris
    • 1971 Pat Homes Memorial Prize
  • Commissions
    • 2005 Inaugural Print Release, Hanover Print Collection
    • 1999 Commissioned Print Project for Westin Hotel, Melbourne, in collaboration with the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 1999 Small Tapestries Project, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria
    • 1997 Edition and Artist Book 1997 Relief Folio, Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, ACT
    • 1995 Commissioned Print Edition, (50th Anniversary of Migration 1945–1995) Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Canberra
    • 1991 Commissioned 25th Anniversary Print Edition, Print Council of Australia
    • 1988 Commissioned 100 x 100 Bicentennial Portfolio, Print Council of Australia
    • 1984 Commissioned Member Print Edition, Print Council of Australia
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