MARC GRUNSEIT – Glass Artist

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Marc Grunzest – Artist Biography

Born in Sydney in 1952, Marc had extensive involvement in art and creative crafts during his school years, complementing a formal education. He studied medicine at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 1977 and practiced medicine for five years.

He took up a long standing interest in stained glass in 1979 and in 1982, sold his medical practice to pursue it full-time. Since then, he has completed numerous commissions, for domestic, ecclesiastical and public buildings and participated in group and solo exhibitions in galleries worldwide, with various pieces held in public, private and corporate collections worldwide. Marc was the elected National President of the Australian Association of Glass Artists from 1989-1990.

The scope of his work ranges from 25sq m architectural installations to delicate pieces of kiln formed glass which fit into the palm of the hand. The designs are eclectic but are employed to interpret the natural, social, cultural and mythological Australian environment into unique pieces of glass art.

TRAINING:

Self taught. Attended courses, workshops and master classes in the following disciplines:

  • Architectural Stained Glass Design,Colour and design, Glass blowing, Kiln techniques and glass casting,
  • Surface decoration techniques
  • Jochem Poensgen Masterclass in Advanced Architectural Stained glass design, Sydney, 1985
  • 2nd International Architectural Stained Glass Seminar, Kevelaer, West Germany, 1986
  • Lutz Haufschild Architectural Glass Design Masterclass, Sydney, 1988 and Sydney, 1989 as technical assistant
  • Narcissus Quagliata Architectural Stained Glass design seminar, Reno, Nevada, U.S.1992
  • 3rd International Architectural Glass Design Seminar, Derix Studios, Taunusstein, Germany 1995
  • Bob Carlson Sandcasting and Mould Blowing, Denizen Studio, Sydney,1997
  • M.B. , B.S. University of New South Wales, 1977

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • AUSTRADE/NSW Trade Mission to UAE, 2004
  • Australian Contributing Editor, Glass Craftsman Magazine, USA 1992-6
  • Arts Law Centre; current member
  • AUSGLASS; Current member: National President, 1989-90
  • AUSGLASS; N.S.W. Flat Glass rep., 1987-88
  • Craft Australia: Accredited Craftmark practitioner
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: current member
  • National Gallery of Australia; current member
  • OBJECT: Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design; member 1982-2004
  • Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau; member 1995-2002
  • The LEAD Group; Member Technical Advisory Board

SELECTED COLLECTIONS and CORPORATE COMMISSIONS:

  • ABN AMRO Bank, Dubai,
  • UAE ALLERGAN, Sydney
  • CALTEX/AMPOL, Sydney
  • CANBERRA TIMES, ACT
  • DARLING HARBOUR AUTHORITY, Sydney
  • CLIFFORD COLLECTION, Sydney
  • EB SMITH MUSEUM CHICAGO DOYLES Watsons Bay, Sydney
  • GLASMUSEET EBELTOFT, Denmark
  • HIH, Melbourne
  • Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
  • NRMA, Sydney
  • PHILLIPS House, North Sydney
  • PORT AGUSTA TOWN HALL, South Australia
  • QANTAS, Frequent Flyer Lounges Townsville, Christchurch N.Z., Wellington N.Z.
  • QUEENSLAND Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • RADISSON PLAZA, KL, Malaysia
  • SHERATON TOWERS, KL, Malaysia
  • SYDNEY CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • SYDNEY TOWN HALL
  • SWISS RE LIFE AND HEALTH, Sydney
  • THE GALERIES VICTORIA, IPOH Gardens, Sydney
  • Wilhelm Derix Gallery, Taunusstein-Wehen, Germany
  • Represented in the permanent slide library of Craft Australia and the Corning Museum of Glass,
  • N.Y., U.S.A.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

  • Craft Arts International, No 68, 2006
  • The Contemporary Glass Art of the World, Published China 2005
  • Craft Arts International, No.61 2004
  • AUSGLASS International Conference Papers 2003
  • Craft Arts International, No 51, 2001
  • Contemporary Warm Glass by Brad Walker, 2000
  • STAINED GLASS: JEWELS OF LIGHT, Joe Porcelli, Published USA, 1998
  • Design Sourcebook STAINED GLASS, Lynette Wrigley, Published UK, 1998
  • CRAFT ARTS INTERNATIONAL No.43, 1998
  • ART PICTORIAL VOL.9 1996, Asahi Art Communication, JAPAN
  • CRAFT ARTS INTERNATIONAL No.35 1995
  • AUSTRALIAN STUDIO GLASS, Noris Ioannou, Published 1995
  • GLASS ARTIST MAGAZINE, USA, November 1994
  • AUSGLASS Magazine, Winter, 1994
  • CRAFT ARTS INTERNATIONAL No.31 1994
  • PROFESSIONAL STAINED GLASS MAGAZINE, U.S.A. February, 1994
  • AUSGLASS CONFERENCE PAPERS 1993
  • OBJECT (CCNSW) Autumn, 1993
  • AUSGLASS Magazine, Winter, 1987
  • 2nd International Architectural Stained Glass Seminar Book, W.Germany, 1988
  • CRAFT ARTS Magazine, July 1987 (Co-author)
  • SELECTED RETAIL REPRESENTATION:
  • AUSTRALIAN CRAFT GALLERIES, QVB, Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • FOCUS CRAFTS, Byron Bay, NSW
  • FREEMAN GALLERY 3, N.Hobart, Tasmania
  • GAFFER STUDIO GLASS GALLERY, Hong Kong, China
  • GALLERY VETRO, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • JAHROC Galleries, Margaret River, Western Australia
  • MAKER’S MARK, Sydney
  • SCRIBBLES ON ANSON, Orange, NSW
  • THE MAJLIS GALLERY, Dubai, UAE
  • RAGLAN GALLERY, Manly, NSW
  • WAGGA WAGGA National Glass Collection Gallery Shop

SELECTED ARCHITECTURAL COMMISSIONS:

  • French residence, Balls Head, Sydney, 2008
  • EB SMITH Museum of Stained Glass, Chicago Ill. USA, fused panel 2007
  • Spirit Pharma, Sydney, fused glass screen, 2007
  • Motor Yacht Maridome, Hamburg, Germany, 3 fused glass windows, 2006
  • The Temple Emanuel, Ecclesiastical furniture and stained glass mural, 2005-6
  • Park View Hotel, Melbourne, Fused glass wall pieces, 2005
  • Kerry Packer Children’s Cancer Institute, Westmead Children’s Hospital, Sydney, 2005
  • Doyles, Suspended five fused glass panel mural, Watsons Bay, Sydney, 2002
  • The Galeries Victoria, World’s largest fused glass, suspended, curtain wall, Sydney, 2000
  • QANTAS Lounge, Wellington New Zealand. “The Floating Isles”, Fused Glass 1999
  • Medical Alumni Association, The University of Sydney, Stained Glass Windows, 1998/9
  • Hall Residence, Sydney, Kiln formed glass installation 1999
  • Nexus Resort, Saba, Malaysia, Architectural fused glass panels, 1998
  • Garangula, Chapel (all 14 windows), Harden, NSW 1996-97
  • Kameruka Chapel, Bega, NSW, Stained Glass window 1995
  • The Armidale School, Armidale, NSW, Chapel windows, 1994
  • Wolper Jewish Hospital, Sydney: 10 Panel narrative depicting history of medicine, 1992
  • St Vincents Hospital, Sydney: Painted stained glass for Chapel panel, 1990
  • Church of St Peter Chanel, Berala, Sydney: Painted stained glass, 1990
  • Chapel by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney: Sanctuary windows, 1989
  • North Shore Memorial Synagogue, Lindfield, Sydney: Reredos, 25sq m., 1989
  • Sydney Town Hall: Pair Bicentennial Commemorative windows for front entrance, 1988
  • The Prince Henry Hospital, Little Bay, Sydney: Link corridor panels, 1988
  • Star of the Sea Church, Watsons Bay, Sydney: Pair nave windows, 1987
  • Rubin Residence, Sydney: 1986 (see Australian House and Garden, June 1988)
  • James Mason Residence, Sydney: 13sq m Tiffany-style panels, 1985-6/1993
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney: Laminated glass panels for Chapel, 1984-5.
  • Relocated to Westmead Campus 1995.

SELECTED RESTORATION COMMISSIONS:

  • St Mary’s Anglican Church, Balmain, Sydney, 1994
  • Woollahra Council Chambers, Sydney: Entrance, 1993
  • St Luke’s Anglican Church, Clovelly, Sydney: 3 Altar windows and 1 North nave window, 1992-93
  • St Mary’s Anglican Church, Waverley, Sydney: 3 Altar windows (built 1864; Australia’s oldest
  • locally made stained glass windows), 1990 & 2 West windows 1992
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Kensington, Sydney: painted stained glass for earthquake
  • damaged panels, 1991
  • St Mathew’s Anglican Church, Surry Hills, Sydney: North nave window, 1991
  • Women’s College and Medical School windows, The Sydney University, 1991
  • St Saviour’s Anglican Church, Redfern, Sydney: vestibule window, 1990

SELECTED PUBLIC LECTURES:

  • AUSGLASS Conference, Perth, Jan. 2003
  • International Architectural Glass Design Seminar, Taunusstein, Germany 1995
  • AUSGLASS Conference, Canberra, 1993
  • World Glass Congress, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A. 1992

SELECTED TEACHING POSITIONS:

  • Private tuition and mentoring at artist’s studio
  • Kiln techniques workshops, AUSGLASS Conference, Perth, WA 2003
  • Kiln techniques workshop, Unicorn Glass Studio, Darwin, NT 1996
  • Kiln techniques workshop, CCNT, Darwin NT 1992
  • TA Lutz Haufschild Architectural Glass Design Workshop, Sydney 1989
  • Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre, Sydney 1983-8

GRANTS:

  • 2004 NSW Department of State and Regional Development: to attend Trade Mission to Dubai,
  • UAE
  • 1995 CRAFT AUSTRALIA/V.A.C.B.: to attend Architectural Glass Design Seminar,
  • Taunusstein, Germany
  • 1995 International Architectural Glass Seminars: to attend Architectural Glass Design Seminar,
  • Taunusstein,Germany
  • 1992 CRAFT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA/V.A.C.B.: to attend World Glass Congress, Reno, USA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • Gaffer Studio Glass Gallery, Hong Kong, 2004
  • The Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE, 2004
  • The Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, 2003 (with Roger Dean, UK)
  • Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney, 1999
  • Craft Australia Boutique, David Jones Dept. Store, Sydney, 1994
  • Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, 1991
  • Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, 1990
  • “Lights of Fantasy”: in conjunction with the Festival of Sydney, 1984

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • Stained:A Current Glimpse, National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, 2007
  • Art TAIPEI, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006
  • Contemporary Australian Studio Glass, Hong Kong & Singapore, 2005
  • Origins, Glass Artists’s Gallery, Sydney, 2005
  • Material Instincts, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, 2005
  • Joint exhibition with Roger Dean, Glass Artist’s Gallery, Sydney, 2003
  • AUSGLASS Production Exhibition, Fremantle, WA, 2003
  • AUSGLASS Members Exhibition, Fremantle, WA, 2003
  • Upper Crust Glass at JAHROC Galleries, York and Margaret River, WA, 2003
  • Australian High Commission London, Paris and Berlin 2002-2003
  • Gallery at the Wentworth, Sydney, 2002
  • David Jones Department Store, Sydney, 2002
  • Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth, W.A. 2002
  • FLAIR, Perth W.A. Feb.2002
  • 2001 BULLSEYE EXHIBITION, Portland, Oregon, USA 2001
  • RFC Glass Prize, Finalist, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Wagga 1999-2000
  • CREATIVE AUSTRALIA, Azecra kimono Dept. Store, Osaka, JAPAN, 1999
  • SOFA, Chicago, USA, October 1996/7/8
  • KUNST RAI Amsterdam. May 1997
  • Art Forum, Singapore, February 1997
  • Drawing on the Diaphanous, Michael Nagy Gallery, Sydney, January 1997
  • Tresors Fine Art Fair, Singapore, June 1996/1997
  • Australian Glass-A Recent Review, Belvetro Glass Gallery, Miami Beach, USA, 1996
  • Dreamtime 96, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 1995
  • Art of Glass 1995, Golden Canvas Gallery, Sydney, 1995
  • Deco-In, Berlin, Germany, 1995
  • Glenaeon Craft Show, Sydney, 1995
  • Glass Artists’ Gallery, Glebe, 1995
  • Studio Glass II, Studio Showcase, Sydney, 1994
  • ‘Interiors’:Australia Today, Museum of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1994
  • Craft Australia Boutique, David Jones Dept. Store, Canberra, 1994
  • Craft Australia Boutique, David Jones Dept. Store, Sydney, 1993/4
  • Studio Glass I,Studio Showcase, Rozelle, Sydney, 1993/4
  • Northern Territory Craft Acquisition, Darwin Art Gallery, 1989,1993,1994
  • The Bougainvillea Festival Art Exhibition, Framed Gallery, Darwin, 1993
  • Craft Council of Australia Boutique, David Jones, Sydney 1991-92
  • Australian Craft Show, R.A.S.Showground, Sydney, 1989 & 1990
  • Designed and Made; CCNSW, Sydney, 1989
  • INDEX 89; Interior Design Show, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 1989
  • AUSGLASS Members Exhibitions, Sydney and Melbourne, 1985,1987,1989
  • Annual Review, Hamilton Design Gallery, Sydney, 1986,1987
  • Glass on Edge, Glass Artist’s Gallery, Sydney, 1986
  • Xmas Show, Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, 1985
  • Sheer Magic, ANZ Exhibition Centre, Martin Place, Sydney, 1984
  • Glass Glorious Glass, Craftworks, The Rocks, Sydney, 1984
  • Light Sources, Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney, 1984

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