Artist Statement and CV

Artist’s statement

Michael James O’Hanlon, known as Eureka, is a Melbourne Australia based artist and activist who has completed artist's residencies in Berlin in 2014 and Venice in 2016. He studied at Footscray Community Arts Centre from 2007-9 achieving a Certificate in Further Education Art Studies. His course included foundation studies, cultural perspectives cross media applications and contemporary art practice. Michael also has a Bachelor of Arts, Melbourne and Auckland Universities, Bachelor of Social Work Melbourne University and a Masters of Business, Victoria University. He is a professional Member of the National Association of Visual Arts Australia.

Michael works in mixed media and photomontage and in artistic interventions combining his group facilitation and art making skills. As a queer activist his art pushes boundaries especially with his use of the unclothed male figure in a religious or political context.

His two most recent solo exhibitions were held  in January 2017 at St Heliers Gallery Abbotsford Convent Melbourne Scarlatta Exhibition and Events

and in January 2016 at fortyfivedownstairs gallery in the Melbourne CBD
Exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs 

In 2014 he was selected to attend the Agora Collective’s artists in residency program in Berlin from March to June where he was part of a group show at the Institute Cervantes Berlin. records his current artistic projects

His previous shows include RED Gallery Fitzroy North Thousand Pound Bend Gallery, CBD Melbourne and Rosalyn Smorgon Gallery Footscray, Joel Gallery Altona, and the Convent Gallery Daylesford, all in the State of Victoria, Australia

In his own words

The unclothed male is the pre-eminent subject of my artistic endeavours - this subject evokes tenderness sadness longing ecstasy and desire in me

Every time I exhibit a naked male image and every time I publically acknowledge my desire for other men I challenge the patriarchy which prefers to keep its phallic power hidden without comparison or comment My work is energized by the juxtaposition of things that are conveniently separated but in practice highly related for example by combining religious and erotic elements

I bring all my life experience and all my skills and knowledge from social work business and the arts into my work. I make work myself and commission work from others including film makers and architects

I aim to be taken seriously as a contemporary artist even as I reference closely the history of art and religious imagery

I keep drawing and photographing and specialize in photomontage but I am also exploring video written narrative and performance and interact extensively with other artists online

 Selected exhibitions and residencies

2016 Scuola Internazionale di Grafica residency Venice 

2016  Découpages d’hommes exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs 

2014 Model Behaviour Institute Cervantes Berlin Germany as part of Agora Collective Artists Residency Group Show

2013 The Convent Gallery Daylesford Victoria August 2012 (Solo)

2013 Red Gallery Fitzroy North

2012 Pick’n’Mix Thousand Pound Bend Gallery CBD Melbourne

2012 GoWest Queer Culture Art and Stories Joel Gallery Altona

2011 Current 10: DUEL Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray

2011 GoWest Queer Culture Joel Gallery Altona

2010 GoWest Queer Culture Joel Gallery Altona

2009 Whole or In Part Footscray Community Arts Centre

2007 Big Brother BigSister Exhibition Dante’s Gallery Fitzroy

2006 Mis-en-scene Footscray Community Arts Centre,

Private Collections

Professor Martin Comte OAM

Irene Clarke Painter Melbourne and Berlin

Travel 2014-2016 Morocco Germany Hungary Italy Czech Republic France Portugal and Spain