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Arryn Snowball

Arryn Snowball has held solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Berlin, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. His work has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, Europe  and Japan.  A survey exhibition of Snowball’s work was held at the Caboolture Art Gallery, Queensland in 2016. He has participated in the broader arts community through lecturing, forums, critical writing, artist run projects and collaborations. He has a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, where he taught painting from 2005-2012. His awards include the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, from the Queensland Art Gallery (2004), a year in residence at the Tokyo National School of Art and Music (2008), the Australia Council's residency in Rome (2013). Snowball’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and Artbank, as well as regional and university collections. Currently he divides his time between Australia and Berlin.


email: arryn.snowball(at)

instagram: @arrynsnowball

Represented by:

Nicholas Thompson Galley Melbourne

Nancy Sever Gallery Canberra

Jan Manton Gallery Brisbane

​Solo Exhibitions 


2020            Moon Spill, ProxiProjects, Berlin.

2019            Night Fishing, Artscape, Luxembourg.

                    Mobbed by Clouds, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra.

2018            Slack Water, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney.

2017            Mammoth, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane.

                    Square Sun, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra.

2016            Arryn Snowball: House of Breath, survey exhibition, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture.

                    Continuum, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne.

2014            House of Breath, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

                    Spinning in the pull of absent things, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra.

2012            Light possesses light, Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

                    Slow Dance, GallerySmith, Melbourne.

2011            Undone, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

                    All promises lead back to the sea, Gallery Smith, Melbourne.

                    Things and Nothings, Pop Gallery and Whitebox, Brisbane.

2009            Recent Works, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

2007            6 Paintings, Metro Arts, Melbourne.

                     Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney.

                     New Works, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

2006            Defer, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney.

2005            Recent Works, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney.

                    Recent Works, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

2004            Painting Divergence, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.

                    Dissolution, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

                    Indeterminate, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney.

2003            Steam, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.

                   Trace, Starter Space, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Selected Group Exhibitions   


2019            Double Negative, Darling Green, New York.

                     Berlin Dreaming, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin.

2018            Ligne de Flottaison: Miles Hall and Arryn Snowball, Château d' Assas,Le Vigan.

2017            The Last Grass, Rachel Carson Centre, Munich.

                     Of Structure and Freedom, Umbrella Contemporary Arts, Townsville.

                     Three Unclaimed Gestures, Art One on One, Cologne.                       

                     ZEPEDRO with Arryn Snowball, Gerichtshöfe, Berlin.

2015            Light Play: Ideas, Optics, Atmosphere, UQ Art Museum.

2014            Lange Nacht in den Gerichthofen, Gerrichthof, Berlin.

                     15 Artists Retrospective Exhibition, Pine Rivers Art Gallery.

                     Conflict: Contemporary responses to war, UQ Art Museum.

2013            The Art of Sound, Caboolture Art Gallery.

                     Special Moves, MOP Gallery, Sydney.

                     Ides of March, The British School at Rome, Rome.

                     Drawing a Line, Caboolture Art Gallery.

2012            OpenClosed: Lincoln Austin, Sean Phillips, Arryn Snowball, QUT Art Museum.

                     10 Years of Things, UQ Art Museum.

                     Interstate Romance, Pseudo Space, Sydney.

                     Promise Program, Metro Arts.

2011             Four Points in Time, Project Gallery, QCA, Brisbane.

                     The Kids are Alright, Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney.

                     Citizen Collectors, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.

2010            New 2010: Selected Recent Acquisitions, UQ Art Museum.

                     Babel Projekt, Woodford, Folk Festival, Qld.

                     Here and There, Slot Gallery, Sydney.

2009            New Order, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe.

2008            Takuro Usui Firoz Muhmud Arryn Snowball, Tokyo National University of Art and Music, Japan.

                     Kiryu Saen 14, Kiryu, Japan.

                     Gifted: New to the Griffith University Collection, Dell Gallery, Brisbane.

2007            Arc Biennial: To be Confirmed, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.

2006            Inter Image, Art Encounters; Contemporary Japan and Australia,

                                    Aug – Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.

                                    Dec – Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo.

                     The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

                     Colonial to Contemporary, Queensland College of Art 125 years,

                                    Dell gallery Griffith University, Brisbane.

2005             15 Artists, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe.

                      Re-positioning Photography, Idiosyncrasy: Painting and Photography,

                      Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane.                  

                      The Recent Past, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.

                      Object/Subject, Museum of Brisbane.

                      Great Escapes, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

2003             This is Love, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.

                      Straticulation, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.



Tertiary Education


2011              Doctorate of Visual Arts, QCA, Griffith University.

2002              Bachelor in Visual Arts with Honors (First Class)

                       Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Activities and Awards 

2016              RADF grant for experimental drawing workshops.

2015              Australia Council for the Arts grant for exhibition and monograph.  

2013              British School in Rome Artist Residency, 3 months.

2005-2012    Lecturer in Painting, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

2008-2011    Woodford Folk Festival Projects.

2009              Peel Island Artist Residency.

2008              Residency at Tokyo National University of Art and Music, 12 months.

2007              UNESCO ACCU Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, Japan.

2006              APA Scholarship.

2005              Winner, Redcliffe City Art Prize.

2003              Melville Haysom Scholarship and 6 month residency at the Queensland Art Gallery.
2003-2005    Museum Assistant, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum

1998-2002    Exhibitions Assistant, Soapbox Gallery ARI.




National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Museum of Brisbane, Hawkesbury 1 Collection, M10 Collection, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland Art Museum, Griffith University, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Redcliffe City, Art Gallery, Ipswich Art Gallery, CQ University, private collections.

Selected Citations, Publications


2016            Gruber, F. Arryn Snowball's Still Point in the Turning World, Radio National, 27 April 2016.

                     McCulloch, A. Interview, The Arts Show JFM, 7 April 2016.

                     McBurnie, J. House of Breath Exhibition Review, Eyeline Contemporary Art Magazine 85.

2014            Brown, P. Breathing Space, Exhibition review, Brisbane News, 5th November 2014.

                     Kubler, A. House of Breath,  Exhbition review, Raven, 10th November 2014.

2012            Hawker, R. Open/Closed, catalogue essay, QUT Art Museum.

                     Broker, D. Light Possesses Light, catalogue essay, Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

                     Werkmeister, S. Birth, School, Metallica, Death: Arryn Snowball and the Zen of Darkness,

                     Catalogue essay, Metro  Arts.

2011            Bazelly, L. L’explorateur du quotidian, Exhibition review, Arts Three November 2011.

                     Martin-Chew, L. ‘Figurative to Abstract’, Australian Art Review, Issue 29 Sep-Oct 2011.

                     Brown, P. Mist opportunity, Exhibition review, Brisbane News 21st September 2011

                     Nelson, R. Sound and Light Builds Up a Head of Steam, Exhibition review,

                     The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age 20th July 2011.

                     Rule, D. All promises lead back to the sea, Exhibition review, The Age, 9th July 2011.

2009            ‘Oh that I were where I could be’, Exhibition review Sean Phillip, Artlink, Vol 29, No 3, p.96.

2008            Kiyota Naohiro, Interview, Tokyo Design Flow No.6

2007            Crimmings, E. Sunday Arts, ABC Television, 4th November 2007.

                     Shepherdson, N. The Importance of the Square, Exhibition Catalogue.

                     Craig, G. Arc Biennial: To Be Confirmed, Exhibition Catalogue, QUT Art Museum.

                     Kubler, A. ‘Queensland Painters: The New Breed’, Art in Australia, Vol 45 No1, Spring 2007.

2006            Inter Image, Art Encounters; Contemporary Japan and Australia, Exhibition Catalogue,

                     Queensland College of Art and Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music.

                     Morell, T. 2006 Colonial to Contemporary, Queensland College of Art 125 Years, Catalogue.

                     Snowball, A. 2006 ‘Monstrous Painting’, Machine Visual Arts Bi-Monthly, Issue 1.6 2006 pp.2-3.

                     Carlon, K.2006 ‘A Beautiful Impossible Thing’ in Defer, Exhibition catalogue, Esa Jaske  Gallery.

2005            Butler, R.2005 ‘Kept at the edge of the discernible’, The Courier Mail, 21st February 2005, p.13.

                     Brown, P. ‘Static Illusion’, The Brisbane News, 16-22nd February 2005, p.35.

2004            Kubler, A. ‘Dissolution: Paintings by Arryn Snowball’, Eyeline, Vol 55, Spring 2004.

                     Brown, P. ‘Painting the Town’, Brisbane News, 11-17th August 2004, pp.6-8.

                     Hawker, R. 2004 ‘Dissolution: Paintings by Arryn Snowball’ IMA exhibition catalogue.

                     Wright, S. 2004 ‘Just Beyond Reach: Arryn Snowball’, Indeterminate exhibition catalogue.

2003            Holubizky, I. 2003 ‘There is No Need to Come to Bris-bayne, When I Have a Great  

                     White Shark Right Here’, Artlink, Vol 23, No 2, June 2003, pp.29-32.

                     Stonely, R. 2003 ‘Prime Two’, Artlink, Vol 23, No 2, June 2003, pp.68-69.

                     David Broker, Art to Lunch, Radio interview, 4ZZZ, 1st June 2003.

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