Joanne Handley artist portrait

Joanne Handley is an Australian artist interested in existential questions about the human condition. Working primarily with painting and photography, she draws from avant-garde cinema, physics and counter-culture references to examine the machinations of modern life and matrix of social engagement – investigations that span the speculative interventions of technology, visual rhetoric and the commodification of popular culture to the romance of personal revolution and desire.

Handley has staged solo exhibitions in Australia and the United States. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Hall of Science, USA; Artists Space, New York; Contemporary Art Museum at the Institute for Research in Art, USF, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Roermond; Art House Tacheles, Berlin; Dynamic International Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, USA; Wollongong City Gallery; Sydney Opera House; Macquarie University Gallery; SOFA Gallery, Australian National University; Gallery 4A Asia-Australia Arts Centre and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

A recipient of a number of awards, Handley has been a finalist in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award (2017), Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2017, 2005), Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2016), Paramor Prize : Art + Innovation (2015), Blake Prize (2008) & Touring Blake Prize (2009), Fisher’s Ghost Award (2015, 2013, 2012, 2010) and World Year of Physics Art Prize (2005). In 2016, her work Untitled (Orange) was selected by curators Arpad Kovacs (Getty Museum) and Peter Frank (Huffington Post) for Ten Artists To Watch at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and awarded 2nd Place honours in the International Photography & Tokyo International Foto Awards. In 2015, her neon light installation 21 Breaths showcased as the feature artwork for Vivid Sydney’s Official Media Launch at Sydney Opera House and was included in Vivid Path To the Future at The Seymour Centre, University of Sydney as part of Sydney Vivid Light Festival. 21 Breaths was a finalist in the inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation, an Artslant Prize 1st Showcase Winner (Sculpture) and shortlisted for the 2014 London International Creative Competition.

Handley completed an MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2004) for which she undertook research in the United States. She has taught at fine arts institutions in Australia and the US and is currently a lecturer at UNSW Australia | Art & Design and the National Art School, Sydney.

Joanne Handley’s work is held in private and public collections nationally and internationally.