Western Australian Sculptor and Painter Jon Denaro creates contemporary metal sculptures often finding inspiration in found objects that play an intricate part in the story of the resulting piece of art. Enjoying the hands on process of making, Jon Denaro’s sculptures maintain a unique individuality, they look “hand made” and non reproducible, opposing the streamlining that technology offers. Jon’s artworks are primarily sculptural, with the occasional abstract painting created to sit in balance with a chosen sculpture. The dynamic result is a play of objects, shapes, colour, a glimpse of recognisable v’s abstract, 3D sculpture v’s wall art, and Jon Denaro asks the viewer to contemplate the empty space between.
1989 BA Fine Arts (Sculpture), University of Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania (TAS) 1988 Diploma, Art and Design, Claremont School of Art, Claremont, Western Australia (WA) 1986 Electrical Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland (QLD) 1985 Post Grad., Navigation Systems, RAAF, Laverton Nav Aids 1984 Post Grad., Art Traffic Control Surveillance, RAAF, Supp Com, Victoria (VIC) 1980 Associate diploma RAAF School of Radio, Laverton, VIC 1979 Town Planning, Gatton College, QLD
2017 Texture of Making Moores Building Art Gallery Fremantle 2016 Strange Passion Kidogo ArtsSpace Fremantle 2015 Memory Structure Linton&Kay Perth 2014 BIOMIMIC Linton&Kay Perth 2009 Revelator. Gomboc Gallery Sculpture park. 2009 Shape of Colour. Margaret River Gallery 2008 Untitled, Libby Edwards, Brisbane, QLD and Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) 2007 Biomemesis, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD 2007 Oceanianism, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 2003 Super Nature, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 2002 New Sculptural Work, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 2001 Second Skin, Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, WA 2000 Beautitude, (Artrage), Moore’s Building, Fremantle, WA 1998 The Shape of Colour, Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River, WA 1997 New Works, Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River, WA 1996 The Shape of Modern, Delaney Gallery, Perth, WA 1995 Artrage, PICA, Perth, WA 1995 Information Super Highway Vehicles, Moore’s Building, Fremantle, WA 1995 The Texture of Making, Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River, WA 1993 Soul Shaped Devolution, Delaney Gallery, Perth, WA 1989 Images, University of Tasmania Foyer Space, Hobart, TAS
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Joondalup Invitation Exhibition, Joondalup, WA 2006 City of Cockburn, WA 2005 Artopia, Forrest Place, Perth, WA 2005-2008 Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA 2004 Joondalup Invitational, Joondaulp, WA 2003 Art 03 Invitational Award, Perth, WA 2003 Xanada Winery, Invitational, Margaret River, WA 2002 City of Melville Art Award, Booragoon, WA 2002 Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park Anniversary Exhibition, Middle Swan, WA 2002 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, VIC 2001 Symbiotica, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA (Research Residency) 1999 Art Expo, Melbourne, VIC 1999 Artwork in Progress, LIA Group, Margaret River, WA 1998 Sculpture by the Sea, Albany, WA 1998 Southwest Survey, BRAG Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA 1995 Artrage, Perth, WA 1995 Art Expo, Perth Entertainment Centre, Perth, WA 1995 Title, Delaney Gallery, Perth, WA 1994 New Directions, Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River, WA 1994 Don’t Panic, Alternative Technology Centre, Margaret River, WA 1994 Juniper Show, Monsoon Gallery, Broome, WA 1993 Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 1992 Sublime, Bridgetown Artists Guild, WA 1992 Survey, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 1992 Bannamah Gallery, Yallingup, WA 1992 South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Gallery, Bunbury, WA 1992 South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Gallery, Bunbury, WA 1991 Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 1991 Artspace, Salamanca Art Space, Hobart, TAS
PROJECTS & COMMISSIONS
2017 ARM Urban housing architecture commmission- in progress 2017 GKA Architects Fremantle Foreshore Marina- in progress 2014 Deep Water Point Jetty Project- seating/community programs COMelvile 2012 Aranmore Catholic School Leederville – Integrated sculture City of Vincent 2011 PTA Perth Transport authority Greenwood Station large scale bike sculpture 2010-12 Governor Stirling SHS- architectural cladding /sculpture 2010 Western Power – Large scale Sculpture Safety Bay . 2010 PalmBeach Architectural structure-Indiginous mentorship. City of Rockingham. 2009 Z force Memorial Sculptures – COR BikeLab-Perth ChildrensFestival Artist program director 2008 BHP, City of Port Hedland, WA. –sculpture large scale 2008 Civic Building Central foyer/ecternallarge scale sculpture series, City of Rockingham, 2007 Mindarie Keys, Harbour entrance ,Mirvac-sculpture large scale 2007 Perth Airport, 4 sculpture commission. 2004 Salentine Ridge, POA design sculpture series/furnitureClough/Earthcare Fremantle 2004 Indicator Pole, Shire of Serpentine , 42M Tall 2004 Shire of Ballidu Main street Ballidu , 2004 City of Melville Sculpture Walk, Piney Lakes, . 2001 Margaret River Public Library, Sculpture Commission. 2000 Burswood Casino /Gaming floor steel ballastrade artpanels 1999 Community Environment and Design Project, Margaret River Skate Park,. 1999 Margaret River Aquatic Centre large indoor Mural, 1996 Perth Children’s Arts Festival, Perth, WA. 1996 Entry Statement, Riverdale Gardens, Yallingup, . 1995 ARTRAGE Opening parade sculpture centrepiece, . 1994 “Gasworks -series”, East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Perth,. 1990 Busselton foreshore play structure series incl Flying Washingmachine, Busselton.
GRANTS & PRIZES
2007 ARTSWA Biomemesis Exhibition 2005 CANWA R&D Grant, The Bike Laboratory Community Art 2005 Professional Development Grant, ARTSWA 2004 Bike Lab, CANWA 2003 Five Schools Extension Projects, Department of Education 2002 Excellence Award, City of Melville Art Award, Booragoon 2000 Research Grant – Symbiotica/ ARTSWA
2008 Mentorship and Community Art Program, City of Rockingham, WA 2006 Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA 2004 Visual Arts, Jarrahdale Primary School, WA 2004 Visual Arts, Wooroloo Primary School, WA 2004 Visual Arts, Chidlow Primary School, WA 2004 Specialist Visual Arts, Kalamunda Senior High School, WA 2004 Holiday Sculpture Workshop, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA 2004-2006 Awesome Cre8tive Challenge, Perth, WA 2003 Visual Arts Extensions (Five Schools) 2001 Visual Arts, Holiday Programme, Cottesloe, WA 1999 Visual Arts, Margaret River Primary, High School and Margaret River Montessori, WA
Kerry Stokes Collection Town of Ballidu PICA Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park Artbank ABC ALCOA Town of Busselton City of Fremantle Shire of Margaret River City of Port Hedland Woodside Serpentine/Jarrahdale
Artbank 2003 Artbank 2000 Many private collections in Australia and overseas.