Zelman Lew is a Melbourne born artist who carved his career out in the art world on Queensland’s Gold Coast while managing his other careers in Photography, Graphic Design and Publishing.

After leaving high school Zelman secured a position with then renowned fashion photographer Athol Shmith and in addition was a regular contributor to GoSet, the Australian pop music
newspaper with Molly Meldrum, before traveling overseas in 1967.

Upon returning to Australia in 1973 Zelman moved to the Gold Coast to continue painting and began exhibiting with Win Schubert, Schubert Gallery. In addition he set up a Graphic Design
studio and soon after established a publishing company producing PointOut Magazine, the Gold Coast Tourist Guide, which quickly became the leading publication for the region’s
tourism industry.

Now living back in Melbourne since 2006, Zelman is passionately painting full time. He has exhibited his work in a number of solo and group shows in Queensland and Victoria and has been
a Finalist in major art awards including SGIO / Suncorp Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Prize, Tweed River Art Prize, Noosa Art Prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Redcliff Art Show, Warwick Art Prize, Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Border Art Prize, Flanagan Art Prize and Bald Archy.

Often exploring different subjects, his work evolves around central themes that urges curiosity with the viewer. He is concerned with imagery that evokes insight and stirs emotion in a way that
is sometimes subtle or quite profound. The pictures may either be disturbing or contemplative but they are always meant to be thought provoking.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 Jackman Art Gallery, VIC
2019 Jackman Art Gallery, VIC
2018 Bayside Art Gallery
2018 Jackman Art Gallery, VIC
2017 Bald Archy, Travelling Exhibition
2017 Jackman Art Gallery, VIC
2017 Linden Postcard Art Prize, VIC
2017 Brunswick Street Gallery, VIC
2014 Manyung Gallery, Glenferrie, VIC
2013 Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, VIC
2009 Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat
2009 Belle Artie / Chapman & Bailey, VIC
2008 Dukes Gallery, Southbank VIC, New Gallery Launch
2007 Delshan Art Gallery, High Street, Armadale VIC
2005 Discovery Art Show, Gasworks Arts Park, VIC
2005 Delshan Art Gallery, High Street, Armadale VIC
2001 Border Art Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW
2000 Warwick Art Prize, QLD
1999 Tweed Valley Art Prize, NSW
1999 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, QLD
1999 Museum of the History of Moscow. Curated by GCCC
1997 Hibiscus Gallery, Hobart, TAS
1996 Coast Cult, 7 person show, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
1995 Tweed Valley Art Prize, NSW
1995 Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award, Gladstone, QLD
1995 Travelling Exhibition, Takasu, Japan. Curated by Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
1994 Tweed River Gallery Art Prize, NSW
1994 Noosa Art Show, QLD
1994 Redcli_e Art Show, NSW
1994 Fishers Ghost Art Award
1988 Gold Coast City Art Gallery, In Search of Gold, a Bi-Centennial Activity
1985 SGIO (Suncorp) Art Award, Brisbane, QLD
1984 Gold Coast through the Eyes of Artists, Gold Coast City Council Chambers
1984 SGIO (Suncorp) Art Award, Brisbane, QLD
1984 Gold Coast Art Prize, QLD
1982 SGIO (Suncorp) Art Award, Brisbane, QLD
1978 Print Council of Australia touring exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Without Pier Gallery, Bay Road, Cheltenham, VIC
2019 The Other Art Fair, Sydney, NSW
2018 Qdos Gallery, Lorne, VIC
2018 Crowther Contemporary, Docklands VIC
2008 Dukes Gallery, VIC, Gallery Launch
2006 Wine & Roses, Manyung Gallery, VIC
2005 Time & Place, Gasworks Arts Park, VIC
2001 Warwick Regional Art Gallery, QLD
1999 Mooloolaba Gallery, QLD
1997 ‘Scent of a Woman’, Budds Beach Gallery, Surfers Paradise QLD
1995 Watling Gallery, Southport, QLD
1985 Australian Craft Gallery, Southport, QLD

AWARDS AND ACQUISITIONS
2001 Border Art Prize, Judged by Gary Corbett (Tweed Art Gallery)
2000 Warwick Art Prize, Popular Choice Award, Judged by Irene Amos, OAM.
1999 Paradise Art Awards, Judged by John Walsh, Director GC City Art Gallery
1999 Tweed Valley Art Prize Judged by Susi Muddiman, Director Grafton Regional Gallery
1998 Bush to Beach Art Prize, GC City Art Gallery
1984 SGIO Art Award. Judged by Raoul Melish, Director Queensland Art Gallery

COLLECTIONS
Print Council of Australia
Suncorp / SGIO QLD
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Portrait of Pat Corrigan AM, ‘Blues for Pat’
Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Inaugural winner of the Border Art Prize
Robina Land Corporation QLD
Rockhampton Regional Art Gallery QLD

 

 

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