About

 

PROFILE

Samir Hamaiel is a Visual Artist based in Brisbane, Australia. His architectural background, studying and practicing in the UK, The Netherlands, Hong Kong and Australia, has clearly influenced his visual approach with strong highly structured perspectives. He has a particular interest in the 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  control space. 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. Another interest is capturing the moment where natural and artificial light intersect, a fleeting moment. Film and cinematography also are a clear influence his work which often evoke a strong atmospheric setting. Photography interweaves through the mediums Hamaiel uses, but often the starting image is heavily manipulated leading to a very different eventual outcome.

In 2018 Samir was highly commended in the Milburn Art Award in Brisbane, received a Certificate of Merit in the Moreton Bay Art Awards and had a work acquired by Toowoomba Regional Gallery as part of Toowoomba Emerging Artist Award. In 2016, he was announced the overall winner of the Brisbane 2015 Art-force Awards for his painted Traffic Signal Box entry, Growth. He has also been a finalist in many other Australian awards including the Calleen Art Award, Fleurieu Biennale, Contemporary Art Awards, Rotary Art Spectcular and Lethbridge 10000.

 

CV

SELECT AWARDS AND PRIZES

Acrylic painting entitled ‘In Suburbia’ Finalist at 2019 Contemporary Art Awards Australia, Brisbane, QLD

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. ‘Red Room’ selected for acquisition by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

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

 

EDUCATION

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

2005, Diploma in Architecture, University of Nottingham, UK including semester at Hong Kong University

2001, BArch in Architecture, University of Nottingham, UK

 

PUBLICATIONS

Shafran, T, Viewpoints 2018, Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, QLD

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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