Biography

Drawing from baroque sensibilities, McGrath is ever engaged with layers of historical imagery, digital media and traditional art making. Behind the illusion of light and shadow that play in the folds of his drapes, religious and mythical themes reflect Baroque theatricality. His works are in themselves ocular mirrors of the past, specimens of natural history and sensuous 17th century paintings.

McGrath was introduced to painting as an assistant to Australia’s most celebrated expressionist painter, Arthur Boyd. He has produced stunning digital installations and videos commissioned by several Australian museums and subsequently presented at the Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum . In 1999 and 2000 his work was included in the Sydney and New York film festivals. He has lectured in architecture at New South Wales University, where he was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award. McGrath has exhibited in New York, London, Sydney, Hong Kong , Toronto and Paris. His work has been commissioned for public and private spaces all over the world, including Taipei, Beijing, Majorca Spain, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Sydney , London and New York.

Shows | Publications

  • 2014 “Ocular/Fleurs,,Olen Irwin Gallery , Sydney
  • 2013 “Lacuna/ Anamnesis”,Olen Irwin Gallery , Sydney
  • 2013 Sydney International Art fair, Olen Irwin Gallery   
  • 2012 Marnling Press , Group show, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
  • 2011 “ex libris”, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 2011 “ex libris”, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
  • 2010 “Cranium”, Artereal Gallery, Group show, Sydney
  • 2009 “Ghost Nets” , Sculpture by the Sea, Site specific digital performance, Tamaramma Beach, Sydney, Australia
  • 2009 “carriageARTworks”, Carriage works , Group show, Sydney
  • 2009 “Chiaroscuro”, Artereal Gallery, Group show, Sydney
  • 2008 ” Recent Work”, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • 2007 “Pozzo’s Shadow”, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2006 ” 400 Years”, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 “Variations on Baroque Ceilings” Michael Carr art gallery, Sydney, Australia Solo painting exhibition
  • 2004 “Vision & Verse” Nevill Keating Gallery, London 2004
  • 2004 “Baroque Ensembles ”, MCG Galleries, Solo show New York
  • 2003 “Quadrautura” Michael Carr art gallery, Sydney
  • 2002 “Dutchscapes”, MCG Galleries, Solo show New York
  • 2001 “Infra-red Baroque” Michael Carr art gallery, Sydney
  • 2000 J.Paul Getty Museum & Laguna Art Museum, “Baroque and modernity”,Screening of “theatres of anatomy”, Los Angeles
  • 2000 Museum of Sydney “Harbour/Metropolis” Audio Visual installation ‘tidal vectors’, Sydney
  • 2000 National Digital Art Awards Group Show , Queensland Museum of modern Art, Brisbane,
  • 2000 “Cusp- a study of folds and flora” solo painting show, Michael Carr art gallery, Sydney
  • 1999 Sydney Film Festival, “theatres of anatomy”, digital animation D.art 99, Twin Academy, Paddington, Sydney
  • 1999 Sculpture by The Sea festival, “CUSP#2”, Site specific digital performance, Tamaramma Beach, Sydney, Australia
  • 1998″ Queen Street Fine Art, Sydney, Solo Exhibitions
  • 1996 “Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Solo Exhibition
  • 1995 “Queen Street Fine Art, Sydney, Solo Exhibitions
  • Awards:
  • Australian Arts Council new media Commission (Sydney, 1999)
  • Australian Post Graduate Award (Sydney 1997)
  • Moya goring Paris Studio residency , Cite des Arts. (Paris, 1996)
  • National Digital Art Award Queensland (Brisbane, 1998)
  • Bioloa International Design Award (Sydney, 1990)
  • Blake Finalist Exhibition (Sydney,2003)
  • NSW Ministry of Arts Project grant
  • Sculpture By the Sea Directors Award (for video installation, Sydney 1997)
  • 1st Class Honours UNSW, B.Arch. (Sydney 1999)

  • MUSEUM COMMISSIONS
  • 2002 Customs House, “Digital Hall of mirrors”,City Exhibition Space Sydney
  • 2000 Museum of Sydney “Tidal Vectors”, Harbour / Metropolis Exhibtion”
  • 1999 Customs House “City drape” City Exhibition Space SydneyMURAL COMMISSIONS
  • (work over 120 feet square, permanently installed)
  • 2001 “Titians” gaze, Korossy residence, New York
  • 1999 “BTF” East Circular Quay The Colonnade Sydney
  • 1998 “Wink” Cnr. Bligh and Hunter Street Sydney CBD”

  • PRESS

  • Art Review Magazine, London, Feb/ March, 2003, Artist Profile
    Sydney: metropolis/ suburb /harbour, Peter Emmett, 2001, Museum of Sydney
    -book on series of exhibitions in which the work “tidal vectors”is included
    The Australian, “Medium subverts message”, Benjamin Genocchio, July 2001
    -review of solo show in Sydney

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Artist based in Sydney. Work commissioned and shown from New York to Hong Kong.  Don’t be shy to reach out  or ask a question!