About

 

PROFILE

Samir Hamaiel is an artist based in Brisbane, Australia. With over 10 years of architectural experience studying and practicing in the UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong and most recently Australia, he has concurrently been developing an art career. Many of the artistic themes explored by Samir have been directly influenced and framed by this architectural background. He has a particular interest in the in-between; in-between less celebrated urban spaces which have evolved over time and demonstrate their history with markings, signage and texture. This approach may be seen as a reaction against the architectural approach that often seeks to both design and control. He is also fascinated by looking at everyday objects in extreme detail so they appear to be something else altogether – they are elevated beyond the everyday and celebrated. In 2016, Samir was announced the overall winner of the Brisbane 2015 Art-force Awards for his painted Traffic Signal Box entry, Growth, and he has been a finalist in several Australian awards including the Calleen Art Award, Milburn Art Prize, Contemporary Art Awards and Moreton Bay Region Art Awards.

 

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SELECT AWARDS AND PRIZES

Acrylic painting ‘Tunnel II’ Highly Commended at 2018 Milburn Prize, Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA), Brisbane, QLD

Digital work ‘Story’ awarded Certificate of Merit at 2018 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Strathpine, Moreton Bay, QLD

Acrylic painting ‘Unseen’ Finalist at 2018 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW

Digital work ‘Absence of Place’ Finalist at 2018 Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize, McLaren Vale, SA

Acrylic paintings ‘Allsorts’ and 'Red Room' both Finalists at 2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award, QLD

Acrylic painting ‘Invert’ online Finalist at 2018 Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane, QLD

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Red Room’ and digital work 'End of the Line' Finalists at 2018 Contemporary Art Awards Australia, Brisbane, QLD

Honourable Mentions for photo submissions at International IPPAWARDS2017 for iPhone Photography

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Prism’ Online Finalist at 2017 Lethbridge 10 000, Brisbane, QLD

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Memorial Park’ and digital work 'Road' Finalists at 2017 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Moreton Bay, QLD

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Tunnel’ and digital work 'Citadel' Finalists at 2017 Contemporary Art Awards Australia, Brisbane, QLD

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Reflector’ Finalist at St George Art Prize 2016, Hurstville, NSW

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Invert’ Finalist at 2016 Contemporary Art Awards Australia, Brisbane, QLD

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Tunnel’ Finalist at 2016 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Gallery, Cowra, NSW

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Inorganic Organic’ Finalist at 2016 Milburn Prize, Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA), Brisbane, QLD

Painted Traffic Signal Box entitled ‘Growth’ announced as Overall Winner at Brisbane 2015   Art-force Awards, Brisbane, QLD

Acrylic painting entitled ‘Stamford Brook Station’ Finalist at 2015 Contemporary Art Awards Australia, Brisbane, QLD

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

ANON, Sunlight Centre, Canon Hill, Brisbane, QLD

Borrowed Landscapes at Graydon Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane, QLD

RENDER 2016, Design Exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC

2016 Square Foot exhibition at Aspire Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane, QLD

2015 Peaceful Landscapes exhibition at State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD

 

SHORT COURSES

2015, ‘Acrylic Approaches’ with Nameer Davies, Brisbane Institute of Art (BIA), Brisbane, QLD

 

PUBLICATIONS

Ong, A. 2017. Places of Essential Change and Activity, Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane, QLD

Rees, J. 2016. Contemporary Art Awards: Finalist Exhibition 2015. 23 January-23 June 2016, Awards, Brisbane, QLD

 

 

 

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