Dr Michael Doolan

PhD(Monash)
Lecturer, Ceramics

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1045
Fax +61 2 9351 1199

Biographical details

Michael Doolan lives in Melbourne and is a Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Doolan has held various solo exhibitions throughout Australia, most notably 'Once Upon a Time' (2010), Federation Square, Melbourne; 'Forever for Now' (2008), Depot Gallery, Sydney; 'For Now and For Ever' (2007), Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne; 'Never EverLand' (2005), Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston; 'Boo Who?' (2005), Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne; and 'The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly' (2000), Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne.

He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including 'Korero', International Ceramics Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan; 'CLASH' (2010), Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle; McClelland Outdoor Sculpture Survey (2008), McClelland Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria; 'Snap Freeze: Still Life Now' (2007), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria; 'Strange Cargo: Contemporary art as a state of encounter', Newcastle Region Gallery and touring regional Australia.
Doolan's work has been documented and reviewed widely, both internationally and nationally in a variety of media including the recent publication, 'Crackle: Contemporary art from the middle of nowhere'. He has written for national and international contemporary art journals – 'Sculpture News', 'Artworld', 'Art and Text', 'Art and Australia', 'Monument', 'Art Monthly', 'Art Collector' – and for newspapers such as 'The Age', 'The Sunday Age', 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 'Jakarta Post' and 'The Australian'.

Doolan’s work features in many private collections, as well as in public collections both locally and abroad.

Research interests

Doolan's tableaux, recalling the gothic undertow of children's fairytales, aim to capture and reveal a key junction in an undisclosed narrative. The storyline may continue in any of several different and familiar directions; a turning point, that is ultimately left unresolved.

There is a deliberate intention with this work to prompt forgotten memories of childhood and question the way we perceive ourselves in the adult world, providing a new pathway for understanding how our childhood has impacted on and influences the way we behave as adults.

Teaching and supervision

Penelope Philpott, MFA

Associations

The Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) - member
The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo) - member

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications & creative works

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Visual Art

  • Doolan, M. (2013). 1. Flower 2013 2. Caution and Reassurance: Snow White and Tree 2013 3. Caution and Reassurance: Poison Apple 2013 4. (Purple) Happy 2013 5. (Black) Grumpy 2013. In: Caution and Reassurance. Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2013). Between Wishes and Fears (Sneezy), 2012. In: City of Hobart Art Prize 2013. CIty of Hobart. Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2012). 1. Between Wishes and Fears (Sneezy) 2. Between Wishes and Fears (Black Bashful) 3. Prince's Castle 4. Between Wishes and Fears (Sleepy) 5. Between Wishes and Fears (Grumpy) 6. Between Wishes and Fears (Happy) 7. Between Wishes and Fears (Red Bashful) 8. Between Wishes and Fears (Happy). In: Between Wishes and Fears. Jan Manton Art. Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Dillon, M., Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Bauhaus Primary. In: Utility Our House: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Cautionary Tales (yellow) 2. Cautionary Tales (turquoise) 3. Cautionary Tales (green) 4. Cautionary Tales (red) 5. Cautionary Tales (blue) 6. Cautionary Tales (pink) 7. Cautionary Tales (lime) 8. Cautionary Tales (orange) 9. Cautionary Tales (purple) 10. Story with ending changed 11. Witches Apple. In: Cautionary Tales. Karen Woodbury Gallery, Victoria, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Hermits House 2. Witch's House. In: 25 Years - An Unfolding Journey. Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Putting the apple back in the tree (Chapter 1) 2. Putting the apple back in the tree (Chapter 2) 3. Putting the apple back in the tree (Chapter 3). In: National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize 2011. University of Queensland. UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Snake 2. Monuments of times past (orange) 3. Monster (2011). In: Light Moves. Jan Manton Art. Jan Manton Art, 1/93 Fortescue St Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). 1. Monuments of Times Past - (Red) (Purple). In: 2010 City of Hobart Art prize: digital media and ceramics. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). 1. Once Upon A Time. In: Once Upon A Time. Craft Cubed Exhibitions. The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). A Cautionary Tale Continuum: 1. Red Story (Woodcutter Rabbit) 2. Rabbit Family. In: Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale. Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). Chess, a cautionary tale. In: Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess. Bendigo Art Gallery. Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Bendigo, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2007). 1. Pot Plant 2002 2. Flower 2002. In: Snap Freeze: Still Life Now. TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2007). for now and for ever: 1. polyurethane / polystyrene 2. untitled rooster 3. martian 4. moose 5. mouse family 6. rabbit family 7. racoon 8. frog family 9. flower girl 10. flowers 11. hugging dogs. In: For Now and For Ever. Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2006). 1. Lobrom 2005 2. Big torchic 2005 3. Morphed 2005 DELETE. In: Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a state of encounter. Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2005). 1. Good as gold 2. Good as gold 3. Balloon Bear 4. Pokemon 5. Bear 6. Flower 7. Elegant Rabbit 8. Elephant 9. Bad Apple 10. Small Simian 11. Toy Boy 12. Juggler 13. Balloon Clown 14. Pot Plant. In: You're So Vain. Karen Woodbury Gallery, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2005). 1. Once Upon a Time 2. When the Bough Breaks. In: Trans Ceramic Art, 3rd World International Ceramics Biennale. Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, Korea, Republic of (South).
  • Doolan, M. (2005). 1. Scaredy Cat 2. How Does Your Garden Grown? 3. Mr You Too 4. Spookloo 5. Monster 6. Big Mouth 7. Lobrom 8. Torchic 9. Mudskip 10. Mr You 11. Extraterrestrial 12. Morphed 13. Big Torchic 14. Big Azuru 15. Boo Who? 16. Small Azuru 17. Galaxy Boy 18. Sight Specific (2005) 19. Tricks of the Trade. In: Boo Who ? Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2013

  • Doolan, M. (2013). 1. Flower 2013 2. Caution and Reassurance: Snow White and Tree 2013 3. Caution and Reassurance: Poison Apple 2013 4. (Purple) Happy 2013 5. (Black) Grumpy 2013. In: Caution and Reassurance. Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2013). Between Wishes and Fears (Sneezy), 2012. In: City of Hobart Art Prize 2013. CIty of Hobart. Hobart, Australia.

2012

  • Doolan, M. (2012). 1. Between Wishes and Fears (Sneezy) 2. Between Wishes and Fears (Black Bashful) 3. Prince's Castle 4. Between Wishes and Fears (Sleepy) 5. Between Wishes and Fears (Grumpy) 6. Between Wishes and Fears (Happy) 7. Between Wishes and Fears (Red Bashful) 8. Between Wishes and Fears (Happy). In: Between Wishes and Fears. Jan Manton Art. Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane, Australia.

2011

  • Dillon, M., Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Bauhaus Primary. In: Utility Our House: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Cautionary Tales (yellow) 2. Cautionary Tales (turquoise) 3. Cautionary Tales (green) 4. Cautionary Tales (red) 5. Cautionary Tales (blue) 6. Cautionary Tales (pink) 7. Cautionary Tales (lime) 8. Cautionary Tales (orange) 9. Cautionary Tales (purple) 10. Story with ending changed 11. Witches Apple. In: Cautionary Tales. Karen Woodbury Gallery, Victoria, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Hermits House 2. Witch's House. In: 25 Years - An Unfolding Journey. Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Putting the apple back in the tree (Chapter 1) 2. Putting the apple back in the tree (Chapter 2) 3. Putting the apple back in the tree (Chapter 3). In: National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize 2011. University of Queensland. UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2011). 1. Snake 2. Monuments of times past (orange) 3. Monster (2011). In: Light Moves. Jan Manton Art. Jan Manton Art, 1/93 Fortescue St Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia.

2010

  • Doolan, M. (2010). 1. Monuments of Times Past - (Red) (Purple). In: 2010 City of Hobart Art prize: digital media and ceramics. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). 1. Once Upon A Time. In: Once Upon A Time. Craft Cubed Exhibitions. The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). A Cautionary Tale Continuum: 1. Red Story (Woodcutter Rabbit) 2. Rabbit Family. In: Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale. Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Doolan, M. (2010). Chess, a cautionary tale. In: Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess. Bendigo Art Gallery. Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Bendigo, Australia.

2007

  • Doolan, M. (2007). 1. Pot Plant 2002 2. Flower 2002. In: Snap Freeze: Still Life Now. TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2007). for now and for ever: 1. polyurethane / polystyrene 2. untitled rooster 3. martian 4. moose 5. mouse family 6. rabbit family 7. racoon 8. frog family 9. flower girl 10. flowers 11. hugging dogs. In: For Now and For Ever. Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

2006

  • Doolan, M. (2006). 1. Lobrom 2005 2. Big torchic 2005 3. Morphed 2005 DELETE. In: Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a state of encounter. Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2005

  • Doolan, M. (2005). 1. Good as gold 2. Good as gold 3. Balloon Bear 4. Pokemon 5. Bear 6. Flower 7. Elegant Rabbit 8. Elephant 9. Bad Apple 10. Small Simian 11. Toy Boy 12. Juggler 13. Balloon Clown 14. Pot Plant. In: You're So Vain. Karen Woodbury Gallery, Australia.
  • Doolan, M. (2005). 1. Once Upon a Time 2. When the Bough Breaks. In: Trans Ceramic Art, 3rd World International Ceramics Biennale. Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, Korea, Republic of (South).
  • Doolan, M. (2005). 1. Scaredy Cat 2. How Does Your Garden Grown? 3. Mr You Too 4. Spookloo 5. Monster 6. Big Mouth 7. Lobrom 8. Torchic 9. Mudskip 10. Mr You 11. Extraterrestrial 12. Morphed 13. Big Torchic 14. Big Azuru 15. Boo Who? 16. Small Azuru 17. Galaxy Boy 18. Sight Specific (2005) 19. Tricks of the Trade. In: Boo Who ? Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

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