BRIAN LOOKER - Contemporary  Wildlife Artist

  'Art which  conveys repect for our fragile environments'


Awards + Prizes Exhibitions - Selected finalist


2017 Burririnja Climate Change Biennale - (Upwey - Australia)

2017 30 x 30 Art Prize - Art Piece Gallery (Mullumbimby - Australia)

2017 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award - Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane - Australia)

2016 Holmes Art Prize - Caloundra Regional Art Gallery (Caloundra - Australia)

2016  SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning the Environment (Warrnambool, Victoria)

2014  Aspiring Art Prize (Arrowtown - New Town)

2014  Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (Whakatane - New Zealand)

2014 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (Hamilton - New Zealand)

2014 Hope & Sons Art Award (Dunedin - New Zealand)

2014 Premier Locations Realty Painting Award (Dunedin - New Zealand)

2014, 2013 The Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards (Dunedin - New Zealand)

2013 Peter's Doig Marlborough Art Awards (Blenheim - New Zealand)


Group Exhibitions - Selected finalist

2017 Tasart - Burnie Regional Art Gallery - (Burnie - Tasmania)

2017 Art from Trash - Long Gallery - (Salamanca - Hobart)

2017 Huon Art Awards - HAEG - (Cygnet - Tasmania)

2017 Waterways Art Exhibition _ Long Gallery - (Salamanca - Hobart)

2016 'Birds + Us' - Birdlife Australia (Threatened Bird Network) - Claire Layman Gallery (Melbourne)

2014, 2013, 2012 The Original Art Sale (Auckland - New Zealand)

2014 'The Longest Night' Exhibition (Wellington - New Zealand)

2014 Christchurch Art Show (Christchurch - New Zealand)

2014 The Art Sale (Hamilton - New Zealand)

2013 Art Expo (Nelson - New Zealand)

2013 'Miscellany' - The Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery (Blenheim - New Zealand)



Awards + Commendations Received


2017 Kingborough Art Award - Overall Winner

2017 Artlands - People's Choice Award

2016 Huon Art Awards - Highly commended

2017 Waterways Art Exhibition - Commended

2016 Huon Art Awards - Highly commended

2015 Watermark Exhibition - Highly commended

2015 Latrobe Art & Photographic 'Inside Out Exhibition' - Highly commended

2013 The Edinburgh Realty Premier Art Awards (Dunedin) - 2nd place

2012 Franklin Arts Festival - Popular Choice Award (public vote)



Commissions + Contracts


2016 Detached - Installation of 'The Key in the hand' - Chiharu Shiota (artist)

2015 TMAG Design, fabrication and installation of Diorama 'Patterns in Nature"

2015 Detached - Reinstallation of Diorama - 'Perhaps the world is fine tonight' - Patricia Piccinini

2015 Detached in association with Dark Mofo - Assemblage and Installation - 'The Shadows Calling' - Peter Hennessey + Patricia Piccinini

2011 National Aquarium of New Zealand - Design and fabrication of five interactive educational Diorama's


Joint Exhibition


2013       Joint exhibition with Robyn Williams - CHB Settlers Museum, Waipawa

Group Exhibitions - Open
2016 10th Anniversary SmallWorks Art Prize - Brunswick Street Gallery (Melbourne)
2016 Kingborough Art Prize
2016 Huon Art Award
2016 Australian Wild Art Awards
2016 7th Belle Arti Prize
2016 Clarence Open Art Exhibition
2015 Latrobe Art & Photographic 'Inside Out Exhibition'
2015 Watermark Art Exhibition
2015 Kingborough Art Prize
2015 Tasmanian Art Awards
2014, 2013, 2012 Art-X National Art Exhibition (Napier - New Zealand)
2013, 2012 Manawatu Art Expo (Palmerston North - New Zealand)
2013, 2012 Whanganui National Art Exhibition & Awards (Whanganui - New Zealand)
2013, 2012 Franklin Arts Festival (Pukekohe - New Zealand)
2013, 2012 The Big Wai Art Sale (Carterton - New Zealand)
2013 One Size Fits All (Hamilton - New Zealand)
2013 Darfield Art Week (Darfield - New Zealand)
2012 Small Works Exhibition - Electra Gallery (Waipukurau - New Zealand)
2012 CHB The Festival (Waipukurau - New Zealand)
2012 Taranaki National Art Awards (Opunake - New Zealand)

Residencies + Travel
2006 Winston Memorial Trust of Australia Fellowship
        Study Museum Diorama Construction and Model Making techniques and materials

Employment History

2011 - present  Full time artist

1993 - 2010     Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery - Senior Display Artist/Preparator
*   Design and fabrication of diorama's  ~ scene painting  ~  taxidermy   
*   Preparation of natural history specimens  ~  articulation of skeletal material                       
*   Moulding and casting of delicate museum specimens 
*   Mannequin construction                   
*   Hand painted finishes  ~  marbling  ~  wood graining  ~  floor cloths
*  Maintenance, construction, installation and dismantling exhibitions
*  In consultation design, develop and present projects and activities for school holiday and TMAG visitor programs
*  Provide training  and practical work place experience to students from UTAS
*   Field Support in Devil Trapping and Whale Strandings     
 
1992 - 1993   Port Arthur Historic Site  - Tasmania  
construction of scale models  ~ replication of artefacts ~ floor cloths ~murals
 
1990 - 1992    Western Australian Museum - Display Department
murals  ~  screen printing ~ display prop construction ~ mannequin construction
 
Qualifications
Display artist + Sign writer