About Mr Michael Doolan

Michael Doolan works primarily in ceramics, and explores three dimensional imagery; he is interested in the early childhood narrative, shifts in tone, conventions, motifs and meanings. Doolan's tableaux, recalling the gothic tone 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, but one that is ultimately left unresolved. A variety of technologies and materials have become an integral part of the making process, enabling him to expand the boundaries of his creative work. Doolan intends to prompt forgotten memories of childhood and question the way we perceive ourselves in the adult world, providing a new pathway for understanding the impact and influence of our childhoods on our adult behaviour.

Doolan exhibits widely, nationally and internationally, and his work has been documented and reviewed 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.

Selected publications


World within World, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, 2015

Sculpture from the collection, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, 2015

House and Home, Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), 2014

Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne, 2014

Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale, Museum Senirupa dan Keramik, North Art Space (NAS), Indonesia, 2012

Cautionary Tales, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, 2011

Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2010

Korero: Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale, Yingge Museum, Taipei, 2010

Once Upon a Time, Federation Square, Melbourne, 2010

CLASH, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, 2010

Trajectory of Memories, Museum and Art Gallery fo the Northern Territory, Darwin, 2008-2009

McClelland International Sculpture Survey, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, 2008-2009

Forever for Now, Depot Gallery, Sydney, 2008

For Now and For Ever, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, 2007