Minna Gilligan


Minna Gilligan works primarily with painting, drawing and collage. Her practice speaks of fleeting, personal encounters with the past and present, and manifests in a tumultuous reconciliation of both. Her works are playgrounds of colour, often inhabited by lone protagonists trapped in states of longing, sadness or exhalation. Though her paintings reference 1960s/ ‘70s psychedelia and evoke a nostalgic romanticism - with lone women floating in technicolor dreams - her work is atemporal, existing in a utopian space of imagery filtered through the digital realm.

Minna Gilligan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has held solo exhibitions at Daine Singer, Melbourne Art Fair, Spring 1883, West Space, TCB Art Inc, Rear View and Dudspace (Melbourne) and participated in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), National Galley of Australia (Canberra), Heide Museum of Art (Melbourne), Alt Space (New York), Ontario College of Art and Design (Canada), Space 15 Twenty (Los Angeles), PICA (Perth), Papermill ARI (Sydney), and in Melbourne at Knight Street Art Space, TCB Art Inc, George Paton Gallery and Gilligan Grant Gallery.

In 2015 Gilligan published her first book, Time After Time (Hardie Grant Australia/ Rizzoli New York), as well as the artist book, Poems, Prayers and Promises, commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria. Gilligan is a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary and teaches at Monash University. Her work is in the National Gallery of Australia and Deakin University collections.

Gilligan also performs in the band Pamela with artists Jon Campbell and Georgina Glanville. Recently they have performed at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Daine Singer (Melbourne), Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney) and the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne). Gilligan maintains an illustration practice as an artist for New York-based online magazine ROOKIE as well as fashion clients, and is a member of artist collective The Ardorous, curated by Canadian photographer Petra Collins.

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Minna Gilligan (born 1990 Melbourne, lives Melbourne)

Education
2012  Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours), Victorian College of the Arts
2011  Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2017  (forthcoming) Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2017  Groove is in the Heart, Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine, curated by Emma Busowsky Cox
2016  Let Love Shine, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2015  On a clear day you can see forever, Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 12, Melbourne
2014  Long time no see, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2014  Almost Forever, Spring 1883, Melbourne >>
2014  Melbourne Art Fair Creative Space, Melbourne >>
2014  Memory Motel, TCB art inc, Melbourne
2013  Feel Flows, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2013  Holiday Inn, West Space, Melbourne
2012  Not In Kansas Anymore, Dudspace, Kings ARI, Melbourne
2012  Halos and Plateaus, Rearview ARI, Melbourne (with Georgina Glanville)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016  I Heart Rock, Arts Projects Australia, curated by Emma Busowsky Cox, Melbourne
2016  Gertrude Studio Artists 2016, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
2016  Dancing Umbrellas, curated by Sue Cramer, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2015  Spring 1883 at The Establishment, Sydney
2015  Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2015  NGV Art Book Fair: commission, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2015  Take Me Home Tonight, Alt Space, New York
2014  Faux Museum, C3, Melbourne
2014  Dummy, Mailbox, Melbourne
2013  Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013  PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2013  The Kenneth Biennale, TCB Art, Melbourne
2013  Blue miles for the ocean, green miles through the palm trees, and yellow miles over sandy stretches, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2013  Period Piece, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) Student Gallery, Canada
2012  Strange Magic, Space 15 Twenty, Los Angeles, California
2012  Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2012  True Self, Melbourne’s GPO, Melbourne
2012  No Soda, Knight Street Art Space, Melbourne
2011  Is It Straight? George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2011  The Kids Are Alright, Papermill ARI, Sydney
2011  Object de Winter, Gilligan Grant Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Performances
2015  Pamela at Geelong Art Gallery
2014  Pamela at Hell’s Kitchen, Melbourne
2013  Pamela at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013  Pamela at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
2013  Pamela for A Constructed World at Artspace, Sydney
2012  Pamela at ‘Just Sing What You Feel’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2012  Pamela at ‘Shit Yeah’ (Art Bar), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2012  A Constructed World, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
2012  Event Horizon, Conical ARI, Melbourne

Publications
2016  Minna Gilligan, So Far, Bywater Bros, Canada >>
2015  Minna Gilligan, Time After Time, Hardie Grant, Melbourne/ Rizzoli, New York >>
2015  Minna Gilligan, Poems, Prayers and Promises, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne >>

Bibliography
2016  Andrew Stephens, 'Artist who walked Paris dressed only in umbrellas brings playful result to Melbourne' The Age, 19 Feb 2016 >>
2015  Jordan G Teicher, 'Honest and Bold Photos of Young Womanhood Taken by Young Women' Slate, 23 June >>
2015  'Minna Gilligan on how nostalgia influences her art', Dumbo Feather, video >>
2015  Petra Collins, Babe, Prestel/ Random House >>
2014  Julia Hobbs, ‘Hyper Psychedelia’, Vogue, UK, December
2014  Neha Kale, ‘Five female artists you should invest in now’, Daily Life, 28 November 2014 >>
2014  Madeleine Dore, ‘Pop-ups level the playing field’, ArtsHub, 4 November 2014 >>
2014  Joe Scott, Lack, Longing, Desire: Minna Gilligan’s ‘Long Time No See’ >>
2014  Joe Scott, Q&A: Minna Gilligan >>
2014  Christina Apostolidis, ‘Long Time No See’, catalogue essay, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2014  Philippa Hawker, ‘Minna Gilligan finds art of the self in spirit of the past’, The Age, 9 August 2014 >>
2014  Amelia Barnes, ‘Minna Gilligan’s Suite at Spring 1883′, Broadsheet, 15 August 2014 >>
2014  Maura Edmond, ‘Minna Gilligan interview’, Primer, 8 August 2014 >>
2014  Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, ‘A buzz of love at the opening of Melbourne Art Fair’, The Age, 13 August 2014
2014  Troy Nankervis, ‘Finding the inner child through art’, Arts Hub, 7 August 2014 >>
2014  Georgia Jones, NGV Gallery Magazine, Melbourne, Jan/Feb 2014
2014  Lisa Marie Corso, The Design Files, 17 March 2014 >>
2014  Tavi Gevinson x Minna Gilligan, Nowness, April 2014 >>
2014  Tavi Gevinson and Minna Gilligan, Printed Pages, Spring 2014 >>
2014  Emily Sexton, Smart Arts, RRR FM, 2 January 2014
2014  Petra Collins, ‘The Ardorous Manifesto’, Dazed and Confused, 14 February 2014 >>
2014  Rachel Eddie, Vertigo Magazine, Issue One, Sydney, pp.34-35 >>
2013  Dylan Rainforth, ‘Musical touch to exhibition premiere’, The Age, 5 June 2013
2013  Minna Gilligan, NGV Blog >>
2013  Alicia Eler, 'There are mirrors in paradise’, cat. essay, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2013  Kate Durbin, ‘All the dreaming girls: the art of Minna Gilligan’, cat. essay, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2013  Penny Webb, Around the galleries, The Age Melbourne Magazine, 31 May 2013
2013  Rob Wilkes, ‘Wave Hello to Nostalgia’, We Heart >>
2013  Brodie Lancaster, ‘Interview: Minna Gilligan’, Everguide, June 2013 >>
2013  Dan Rule, ‘In the galleries’, The Age, 22 June 2013 >>
2013  Penny Modra, The Thousands, June 2013 >>
2013  Yen Magazine, November 2013
2013  Alexandra Christie, ‘Art Alert: Minna Gilligan’, Yen Magazine, 30 April 2013 >>
2013  Bianca Valentino, ‘Artist Minna Gilligan’s Bright, Beautiful, Psychedelic Universe’, Conversations With Bianca, 7 Jan 2013 >>
2013  Sunday Herald Sun Magazine, 27 May 2013
2013  ‘Yellowtrace Spotlight’, Yellowtrace, June 2013
2013  Francesca Carter, ‘Style Rookies’, The Weekly Review, 15 August 2013
2013  ‘Tavi Gevinson is coming to Australia’, The Age, 10 July 2013 >>
2012  Philippa Hawker, ‘Local artists paint bright picture for online girls’ mag’, The Age, 27 Oct 2012, p.3 >>
2012  Simone Magazine, France, Issue 6, p.76
2012  Marissa Shirbin, ‘Minna Gilligan: Not in Kansas Anymore’, The Thousands, July 2012 >>
2012  Liv Siddall, ‘Peer inside the dreamy, retro mind of Rookie Magazine’s Minna Gilligan’, It’s Nice That, 17 July, 2012 >>
2012  Lara Burke, ‘Minna Gilligan’s collages – an interview’, Frankie Magazine, 6 Feb 2012 >>
2012  ‘Surf daze interview: Minna Gilligan’, Urban Outfitters Blog >>
2012  ‘Blogueras y artistas’, Notodo >>

Collections
National Gallery of Australia
Deakin University
National Library of Australia