Rebecca Hastings Studio Shot (with Frank

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Based in South Australia, Rebecca Hastings' practice engages with themes of the Posthuman condition, reflecting and drawing on both personal and collective existential anxieties. Her most recent work presents a ‘youthful agitator’ as an agent of change; the benefactor of our broken planet. Adopting the conventions of figurative and still life painting genres, uncanny and gothic tropes interact with the everyday to convey otherworldly, surreal narratives. These embodiments of unease acknowledge the inexpressible, playing out as memento mori for our home, our innocence, and our humanity. 

Hastings graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2011 with a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), and in 2017 received a Master of Visual Art (Research) from the University of South Australia (UniSA), supported by an Australian Post Graduate Award.

Awards and grants include Art SA Project grants and a UniSA Graduate Research Travel and Research Support Scholarship enabling a research residency in Japan in 2017. Her work has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize 2015 (National Portrait Gallery, London), and a Finalist in a range of significant art prizes, including the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2021), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2012), the Sulman prize (2014 and 2015), and the Archibald prize (2014).  Hastings has exhibited widely, with work held in collections nationally and internationally.

Video: Roh Smith

Video: Roh Smith

SOLO
EXHIBITIONS

2020   

Two minutes to midnight, MAY SPACE, Sydney, NSW

2018

The Eternal Youths, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2016    

We went for a walk in The Uncanny Valley, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2014

The Other Mother, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2013    

Scold, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Disquiet, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2012

Offering, The Hotel Metropolitan, Adelaide, SA

Portal, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, SA

GROUP
EXHIBITIONS

2022    

New, MAY SPACE Online, Sydney, NSW

2021    

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC

CCH Art Prize, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Tatiara Art Prize, Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA

20/21, MAY SPACE Online, Sydney, NSW

 

2017

Familiar, Modern Eden, San Francisco, USA

In Your Face, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC

 

2016

Fuse, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC

 

2015

There’s no place like home, Sydney Art Fair, M Contemporary, Sydney, NSW

The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

 

2014

The Dark Side, Melbourne Art Fair, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC

SALA, The Advertiser, Adelaide, SA

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, and regional galleries, NSW and VIC

The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Dead or Alive, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Through the Mirror Ball, BMG Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Portrait Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

 

2012

Triple Happiness, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

The Eutick Memorial Still Life Exhibition, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Exploration 12, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide, SA

 

2011

Emergence, ACSA Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, SA

AWARDS
AND PRIZES

2021    

Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo, Vic

Finalist, Centre for Creative Health Art Prize, Adelaide, SA

Finalist, Tatiara Art Prize, Walkway Gallery, Bordertown, SA

2020

Grant, National Assistance Program for the Arts, The Myer Foundation

Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant, Arts SA  

2017

Graduate Research Travel and Research Support Scholarship, UniSA

2016

Australian Post Graduate Award (Scholarship Masters by Research)

SELECTED
PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

Megna, Eleanor, “Rebecca Hastings - Artist in focus",

https://www.mayspaceonline.com.au/2021-artist-in-focus-rebecca-hastings

Llewellyn Jane, “Profile Rebecca Hastings”, The Adelaide Review, Issue 484, June 2020

Art Collector, “Rebecca Hastings”, Special Edition Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sept, 2015

McDonald, Patrick. “Mum’s the painter’s main word”, The Advertiser, 2014

Tilgas, K. “Is this your first time?”, Art Gallery of NSW, 21st July 2014

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/blog/posts/is-this-your-first-time/

Anderson, P. “Archibald prize finalists review”, The Daily Review, 15th July http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/archibald-prize-finalists-review-agnsw-sydney/

Nelson Robert,  “Resisting walls and shrinking spaces”, The Age, 12th June, 2013 

Luxford Phe, “Disquiet” The Melbourne Review Online, 12the June 2013

“Rebecca Hastings – Process”, Artist Profile, Issue 22, March 2013

The Adelaide Review, Issue 390, August 2012, Front cover and p. 41

Fleming Kylie. “Mixed emotions”, Adelaide Matters, June 2012

“Graduates come together in show of best and freshest”, Update, Helpmann Academy, Vol 19, No 1, Issue 75, 2012

 

CATALOGUES AND ESSAYS

Walker Wendy, “The Eternal Youths" Catalogue Essay, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC, 2018

Millner Jaqueline. “We went for a walk in the Uncanny Valley” Catalogue Essay, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC, 2016

Brown Marguerite “The Other Mother”, Catalogue Essay, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC, 2014

Archibald Prize Catalogue 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Neylon John, “The Other Mother”, Catalogue Essay, Hill Smith Gallery, SA, 2013

Luxford Phe, “Disquiet” Exhibition Catalogue, Flinders Lane Gallery, Vic, 2013

Dance Polly “From chaos to order”, Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Catalogue, 2012

“Emergence”, Update, Helpmann Academy, Vol 18, No 4, Issue 74, 2012

BOOKS

Gazing into the Anthropocene II (2017), iScape I (2015), and The Eternal Youths  IV (2018)  Reproduced in Jason Moore, The Capitalocene, Maize 6, 2019

She left us at Ikea and went off to find herself (pink) (2014), reproduced in Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emilio, Libri Mondadori, Italy, 2017

Smell this (2011), reproduced in Roy, D., Baker, W., & Hamilton, A. Teaching the Arts: Early childhood and primary education, Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press, 2012

QUALIFICATIONS
AND EXPERIENCE

2019

Master of Visual Art, University of South Australia (UniSA), SA

2017

Research Residency, Japan

 

2012-2016

Lecturer and Tutor Visual Arts, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA

 

2011

Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours, Adelaide Central School of Art, SA

Adelaide Central School of Art Academic Board, Student Representative