Shona Nunan – Artist
Australian – studios in Italy and France
Born 22 . 1 . 1959
1981 Bachelor of Art – Sculpture
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
About Shona Nunan
Shona is currently living in Tuscany, Italy, with her partner, Michael Cartwright. She lives in the mountains near Lucca and Pietrasanta where she has access to great art foundries. In the last few years she has been engaged in studio work, commissions for collectors and project work. Shona studies the visual languages of the ancient cultures including Europe and Asia. These influences have seriously impacted her art as did her early connection to aboriginal art in her home country. Hence, her themes of guardians depicting the balance of ying and yang, conscious and unconscious, male and female; the Horse and Rider, representing the journey of life and its many stages of growth; the Women series representing fertility, the cycles of life, abundance; the Harvest series, representing the reaping of what has been sown, carrying the vessel of life’s gifts; the Warrior representing the strong, the brave and the humble, noble and self sacrificial, also the destroyer of the old. Her work is earthy and derived from nature where she looks for the archetypal language in all cultures to express our common humanness.
Selected Collections & Commissions
Collaborative commission with Michael Francis Cartwright for two monumental memorials for a private collector. One for the Sorrento cemetery in Australia and one for their private garden.
Sculptures ‘Arrival’ and ‘Guardians’ commissioned for sculpture park, Bei Wu in Germany
Swires sculpture commission for Alassio Residence, Hong Kong
Swires sculpture commission for the Arezzo Residence, Hong Kong
Warnambool Regional State Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Al Muhaidib headquarters, Damman, Saudi Arabia
Yew Chung Foundation, Hong Kong
Hamilton Regional State Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Castlemaine Regional State Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong
Private residence Stanley beach, Hong Kong
BNP Paribus, IFC Building, Hong Kong
Singapore Esplanade Project (New Entertainment Building on Esplanade), Singapore
Lindenderry Hotels, Australia
Singapore National Art Gallery
Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong
Singapore Airlines Kris Lounge, Singapore
National Australia Bank, Hong Kong
Wollongong University, New South Wales
Sydney University, New South Wales
Gawler Foundation, Australia
Melbourne Ladies College, Kew, (MLC), Australia
Telstra Global Communications Centre, Melbourne
Clark Hummerston, Australia
Willums Art Foundation, Mas Des Graviers, Provence, France
Carlton Ritz, Shanghai, China
2018 ‘Journeys’ at Australia House, London. Invited by the former High Commissioner, Alexander Downer AC, to take part in the centennial celebrations.
2016 Mossgreen Sculpture exhibition with Michael Cartwright
2016 Sculpture and drawing exhibition at Bei Wu Sculpture Park
2015 Sculpture and drawing at Kuan’s Living, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Mossgreen Gallery Melbourne, Australia – 2 person exhibition with Michael Cartwright
2014 Sandra Walter Consultancy 2 person exhibition with Michael Cartwright
2014 La Rondine Gallery, Drawing exhibition with Michael Cartwright
2014 Sandra Walters exhibition at the Moser’s with Michael Cartwright and Sollai Cartwright
2013 La Rondine Gallery, Italy two person exhibition with artist Sarah Danays
2012 La Rondine Gallery, Italy – Out of the Studio, Solo Exhibition
2008 – 2012 Studio, and commissioned work.
2007 Exhibition of sculpture and drawing at Galliart Festival, in old Convent, Gallicano, Italy
2006 Exhibition of sculpture and drawing Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong
2004 Exhibition Art – 2 Gallery Singapore
2003 Florence Biennale, Florence
2003 Exhibition at Castlemaine Regional Gallery of Victoria
2003 Exhibition at the Malthouse Theatre Production Studio , Melbourne, Australia
2002 Rotunda,Exchange Square Building, Hong Kong, sculpture
2001 June exhibition at Art 2, Mita Building, Singapore, sculpture and drawing
2001 March exhibition at the Rotunda, Exchange Square Building, Central, Hong Kong, sculpture and drawing.
2000 October exhibition at The Sheraton Hotel, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, sculpture
2000 Sculpture in the gardens exhibition, Lindenderry, RedHill, Victoria, Australia, sculpture
1999 May exhibition at the Renard Wardell gallery, Melbourne Australia, sculpture
1997 July exhibition at Ivanyi Gallery, Toorak, Australia, sculpture and drawing
1997 February exhibition at Ian Rogers Fine Art, Melbourne, sculpture
1997 March exhibition at Sandra Walters Gallery, Hong Kong, sculpture and drawing
1996-97 Annex Gallery, Exchange Square, Hong Kong, sculpture
1996 Exhibition Mas Des Graviers, France, sculpture
1995 Sculpture at Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1993 Sculpture at Meridian Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Sculpture at Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1991 Sculpture at Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1990 Sculpture at Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1989 Sculpture and Drawing at Wallace Bros. Gallery, Castlemaine, Victoria,
1989 Sculpture at Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1987 Sculpture at Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1985 Sculpture and Painting Exhibition at Hamilton Regional Gallery, Victoria
2014 Avenue des Arts, HK – Womens exhibition
2013 La Rondine flies to Hong Kong. Group Pop Up exhibition at ZZHK Gallery, HK
2010 Sculpture exhibition in Gallicano art festival, Italy
2010 Art Walk exhibition Hong Kong, Kwai Fung Hin
2009 Sculpture exhibition in Gallicano art festival, Italy
2009 Art Walk exhibition Hong Kong, Kwai Fung Hin and Sandra Walters Consultancy
2008 Sculpture exhibition in Gallicano art festival, Italy
2008 Art Walk exhibition Hong Kong, Kwai Fung Hin and Sandra Walters Consultancy
2007 Art Walk exhibition Hong Kong, Kwai Fung Hin and Sandra Walters Consultancy
2006 Art Walk exhibition Hong Kong, Kwai fung Hin and Sandra Walters Consultancy
2005 4 person exhibition Gallery on the Bridge Ponte Serraglio, Italy
2005 8 artists at ‘Artisti Uniti, Bagni di Lucca’
2004 SOFA with Artempresa Gallery in New York
2004 Festa di Donna Florence
2004 Qdos Gallery
2004 Singapore Art Fair with Art 2
2002 Toorak Village Sculpture Festival
2001 Singapore Art Fair with Art 2
2000 Qdos sculpture exhibition, Victoria Australia
2000 Exhibition with Gembrook Winery in Victoria
2000 Exhibition with Baltazar, Brussells
1999 Exhibition of sculpture at Mas Des Gravieres, France
1999 Exhibition with Baltazar in Brussells
1999 Sculpture exhibition Gembrook Winery in Victoria
1998 Melbourne Art Fair with Renard Wardell Gallery
1998 Women’s exhibition, Cill Rialaig, Ireland
1997 Gembrook Hill Winery sculpture exhibition
1997 Studio Opening exhibition
1996 Studio Opening
1996Mandarin Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong, group exhibition.
1995 McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria
1995 Daimaru, Melbourne
1995 Bizette, Melbourne
1995 Studio Opening, Richmond
1995 Mandarin Gallery, Hong Kong, group exhibition.
1994 Travelling exhibition in China with Meridian Gallery
1994 Mandarin Gallery Hong Kong, group exhibition
1994 Hong Kong Art Fair with Meridian Gallery
1994 Mandarin Gallery, Hong Kong, group exhibition
1994 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Holdsworth Gallery and Meridian Gallery
1994 Daimaru, Melbourne 3rd Birthday Exhibition
1994 Studio Opening, Balmain Street, Richmond
1994 Kyneton Council Collection Exhibition, Kyneton
1993 Sculpture on View, Bendigo Borough Galleries, Eaglehawk
1993 Kyneton Art Expo
1993 McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin
1992 Sculpture at Meridian Gallery,
1992 Melbourne Studio Opening,
1992 Castlemaine Festival
1992 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, represented byKen Scarlett, Curator
1992 Meridian Gallery Sculpture at Meridian Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Sculpture at Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria
1991 Theatre Royal Gallery, Castlemaine Artists Inc.
1991 Wallace Bros. Gallery, Castlemaine Theatre Royal Gallery, Castlemaine Artists Inc.
1991 James Farrell Invitation Self-Portrait Award, Castlemaine Regional Gallery
1991 Drawing and Sculpture Exhibition at Alchemy Gallery, Prahran, Melbourne
1990 Wallace Bros. Gallery, Castlemaine, Victoria
1990 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Holdsworth Gallery
1990 Ki-Ba-Be Gallery, Merrimbula, NOW
1990 Qdos Gallery, Lorne, Victoria
1989 Castlemaine Artists Inc., “The Nude” at Wallace Bros. Gallery, Victoria
1988 Castlemaine State Festival Exhibition at Wallace Bros. Gallery
1987 Castlemaine Regional Gallery, Central Victorian Sculptors, Victoria
1986 Amaris Gallery, Adelaide
1986 Echuca Festival Exhibition, Victoria
1985 Painting and Sculpture Exhibition at Studio Gallery, Belgrave Heights, Victoria
1984 Sculpture and Drawing Exhibition at the Studio Gallery, Belgrave Heights, Victoria
1982 Sculpture Knorr Gallery, Emerald, Victoria
1976/81 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Gallery and Storey Hall, Melbourne
1976 Knorr Gallery, Emerald, Victoria
Art Projects, Residencies
2016 Artist in residence Bei Wu Sculpture Park, Germany
2015 Artist in residence Kuenstaler Bei Wu – Berlin, Germany
2014 Swires sculpture project for the Arezzo Residence, Hong Kong. 230 cm tall bronze sculpture, ‘Sentinel’
2013 Artist in residence Cill Rialaig, County Kerry Ireland
2012 Warnambool Regional State Gallery Entrance sculptures. Two large bronze sculptures from the Guardian series. 2.4 meters tall each.
2012 Hamilton Regional State Gallery Collections. Two bronze sculptures for the Gallery entrance.
2011 Artist Residency at Yew Chung International School. Donated ‘Harvest’ , full edition of 8, 2011, to the school’s ‘Seeds of Hope’ program, a charity for raising funds to build schools for underprivileged areas in China.
2011 Art Consultant for the Beijing Yew Chung schools campus for art in the school to create projects for visiting artists in residence.
2011 ‘Joy’ 2008, 57 x 53 x 40 cm, bronze 1/8 acquired for Hamilton Regional Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
2011 A second artist residency at the YCIS, HK.
2009 Four major bronze sculptures, ‘Leaf series’ for VIP entrance, Al Muhaidib corporate Head Office, Damman, eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
2009 Male and Female Guardians commissioned for private collector in Hong Kong through Sandra Walters Consultancy.
2008 ‘Acrobats’ A group of three bronze figures commissioned for private collector’s residence in Hong Kong. 4 metres x 3 metres. Cast in Pietrasanta, Italy.
2007 Commission for Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, 4 major bronze sculptures of the ‘Leaf series’
2007 Kwai Fung Hin puts artist on stipend for studio development.
2006 Commission for BNP Paribus HK, ‘Guardians’ IFC building through Kwai Fung Hin Gallery.
2006 Book/catalogue of art work of Shona Nunan published through Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery.
2005 Set up studios on River Lima in Tuscany, Italy. Helped set up Artist Run Space in Bagni di Lucca,
2002 Prize for Toorak village sculpture exhibition, Melbourne
1998 Living and studio work in Ireland, County Kerry. Representation with Cill Rialaig in Ireland
1997 Artist in residence to Cill Rialaig, Ireland
1996 Artist in Residence Mas Des Graviers in Provence France for three months
1994 Guest lecturer at the Australian Contemporary Art Fair, forum for Artists.
1991 Living and working both as lecturer in Fine Arts at Port Moresby University and as sculptor with
Lecturer of Drawing and Cultural studies, University of Papua New Guinea, Faculty of Creative Arts, Port
1990 Art Conservationist, Prahran City Council, Victoria
1990 Sculpture Technician, Osteo-Tech Art Foundry, Elphinstone, Victoria