As a painting student at RMIT during the 90’s Stillman struggled to be inspired by paint found in a tube, she preferred the challenge of finding materials and pigments from the ‘real world’ to create an artwork. Best known for her book sculptures and woodcarvings, Stillman uses scalpel blades, jigsaws, sewing materials and drills to alter objects and create negative spaces that depict ‘signs of life’. Birds, plant life and the artist’s own scribbles are frequently used as subject matter. Her inventive artworks draw from both modern art and craft traditions to transform ordinary materials into works of art. The artist says ‘it’s my own form of alchemy – taking something very common and then giving it nobility’.

Kylie Stillman, born 1975
Lives Melbourne, Australia
Email: mail@kyliestillman.com

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Commissions
Local Branch, 2016 Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW, curated by Elissa Blair
Over, Under, Around and Through, 2015 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
The Perversity of Purpose, 2013 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Vessel, 2011 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Yamadori, 2011 Hermes Sydney, Window Installation, NSW
Size of Life, 2010 Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC
Banksias, 2010 Westpac Banking Group, Corporate Art Collection, Sydney, NSW
Form Guide, 2009 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Little Room, 2007 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Little Room, 2007 Meat Market, Melbourne, VIC
The Informal Garden, 2005 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
The Informal Garden, 2005 Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, VIC
Semiformal, 2004 Platform 2 Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, VIC
Park Views, 2003 Clubs Project, Melbourne, VIC

Selected Group Exhibitions
Cornucopia, 2016 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Fleurieu Art Prize, 2016 Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide SA
Sydney Contemporary, 2015 Carriageworks, Sydney NSW
Ex libris - the book in contemporary art, 2014 Geelong Art Gallery, curated by Lisa Sullivan
Paper Weight, 2014 Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Re-writing the Image: Text as Art, 2014 Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, curated by Marion Piper
Air Born, 2013 McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, curated by Penny Teale
Unbound, 2013 Macquarie University Art Gallery, curated by Rhonda Davis and John Potts
Wonderland, 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, curated by Antoanetta Ivanova
Melbourne Art Fair, 2012 Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, VIC
Good Company, 2012 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Recycled Library, 2011 Altered books, Touring exhibition
Public Lounge, 2010 Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC, curated by Danny Lacy
Form, 2010 Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
Melbourne Art Fair, 2010 Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, VIC
Korean International Art Fair, 2010 COEX, Seoul, Korea
Pinned & Framed, 2009 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Small & Wall, 2009 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, 2008 Art Gallery of SA, curated by Felicity Fenner
Melbourne Art Fair, 2008 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC
Public Sculpture, 2008 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Snap Freeze: Still Life Now, 2007 Tarrawarra Museum of Art, VIC, curated by Jenna Blyth
Room, 2007 Cast, TAS, curated by Derek Hart
Room, 2007 Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS, curated by Derek Hart
Artefact: A Melbourne Keepsake, 2007 City Museum, VIC, curated by Simon Gregg
Bookish, 2006 Australian Galleries, Works on Paper Melbourne, VIC
Melbourne Art Fair, 2006 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC
Recent Acquisitions, 2006 Mackay City Council Collection, Artspace Mackay, QLD
Uncanny - The Unnaturally Strange, 2005 Artspace, NZ, curated by Rhana Devenport
The Art of Flowers, 2005 Government House, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Art on Paper Fair, 2005 Byron Kennedy Hall, Sydney, NSW
Fortuna, 2005 University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW
Melbourne Art Fair, 2004 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC
Compendium, 2004 Platform, Melbourne, VIC, curated by Martina Copely
Transcribe, 2002 Entrepot Gallery, Hobart, TAS, curated by Alicia King
100,000 flakes of snow, 2002 Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Creatures, 2002 George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, VIC

Grants, Awards and Residencies
Winner People’s Choice Prize: Fleurieu Art Prize, 2016
Artist in Residence, 2015 Borough of Queenscliffe, VIC
Finalist Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, 2012 Deakin University Art Gallery, VIC
Finalist Waterhouse Natural History Prize, 2012 South Australia Museum, SA
New York Studio Residency, 2009 Australia Council for the Arts
Studio Residency, 2007 Arts House Meat Market, City of Melbourne
Arts Development Grant, 2007 Arts Victoria
Milan Studio Residency, 2006 Australia Council for the Arts,
Finalist ABN AMRO - Emerging Art Award 2005 Sydney, NSW
New Work: Emerging Artist Grant, 2004 Australia Council for the Arts
Finalist National Works on Paper Award, 2004 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
Honorable Mention Summer Salon, 2002 CCP, VIC
Acquisitive Prize Postcard Show, 2001 Linden Gallery, VIC

Collections
Artbank
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland
Macquarie Group Collection
Fisher Library/University of Sydney Art Collection
State Library of Victoria
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Deakin University Art Collection
Westpac Banking Group Art Collection, Corporate Art Collection

Selected Bibliography
The Art Life’, August 2015 by Sharne Wolff
‘Profile: Kylie Stillman’ Owen Craven, Artist Profile V3, 2015
Ex libris - the book in contemporary art’, 2014 Geelong Art Gallery, curated by Lisa Sullivan
‘The Macquarie Group Collection: The land and its psyche’ Felicity Fenner, UNSW Press, 2013
‘Exhibition Review – Perversity of Purpose’ Gina Fairley, World Sculpture News, Autumn 2013
The Art Life’, August 2013 by Sharne Wolff
‘Unbound’ (catalogue) Rhonda Davis and John Potts, 2013
‘Art Made from Books’ Edited by Laura Heyenga, Chronicle Books, 2013
‘Wonderland’ (catalogue) Antoanetta Ivanova, Taipei Cultural Foundation, MoCA Taipei, 2012
‘Fair play’ Susie Burge, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, August 2012
‘Bespoke Melbourne’ Liza Power, The Age A2, April 28, 2012
‘Fair Trade’ John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug, 11, 2012
‘Artemis – Newcastle Art Gallery Society Magazine’ Aug 2011 – Jan 2012
‘Elle Talent’ Elle UK Magazine, 2011
‘Turning books back into trees’ Metro London, May 9, 2011
‘Insight – Westpac Private Bank’ Saadia Durham, Issue 1, 2011
‘Fashion and art find a fit’ Georgina Safe, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 11, 2011
‘Carving our her niche’ Megan Miller, Herald Sun, Nov 12, 2010
‘New message in old medium’ Liza Power, The Age, May 14, 2010
‘Three artists to watch’ Susie Burge, Harpers Bazaar, March 2010
‘Size of Life’ (catalogue) Simon Gregg, Gippsland Art Gallery, 2010
‘Recycled Library: Altered Books’ (catalogue) Michael Wardell, Artspace Mackay, 2009
‘Little Room’ (catalogue) Anne Sanders, 2007
‘The World of the Book’ Clare Williamson and Des Cowley, Miegunyah Press, 2007
‘Exhibition Review – Little Room’ Gina Fairley, World Sculpture News page 58, Autumn 2007
‘Handle With Care’ (catalogue) Felicity Fenner, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2007
‘Snap Freeze: Still Life Now' (catalogue) Jenna Blyth, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2007
‘Artefact A Melbourne Keepsake’ (catalogue) Simon Gregg, City Museum, 2007
‘Room’ (catalogue) Derek Hart and Philip Watkins, Cast Gallery 2007
‘Bright Young Things’ Vogue Living Nov/Dec, 2007
‘The (Sydney) Magazine’ Annemarie Lopez, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 2007
‘Sightlines Critical Guide’ Frances Johnson, The Age, September 14, 2007
‘Review: Room’ Sean Kelly, Artlink vol 27 #3, 2007
‘Reviews – Room’ Bec Tudor, Art & Australia, Vol 45 No1 Spring, 2007
‘Australian Art Collector’ Australia’s most collectable artists the full list, Jan-Mar 2006
‘The Informal Garden’ (catalogue) Georgia Harvey, Gertrude Contemporary, 2005
'Uncanny - The Unnaturally Strange' (catalogue) Rhana Devenport, Artspace New Zealand, 2005
‘The (Melbourne) Magazine’ Gabriella Coslovich, The Age, May 2005
‘Critic’s Picks’ Dominique Angeloro, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 27-Jun 2, 2005
‘Fully Booked’ Virginia Were, Art News New Zealand, Summer 2005

Education

RMIT Honours Fine Art - Painting (1999)
RMIT BA Fine Art - Painting (1996-98)

Published catalogues (PDF versions)

Over, under, around and through 2015, Exhibition catalogue
The Perversity of Purpose 2013, Catalogue essay by Chloe Watson
Size of Life 2010, Catalogue essay by Simon Gregg
Red Maple 2008, Catalogue essay by Alexie Glass-Kantor
Little Room 2007, Catalogue essay by Anne Sanders
The Informal Garden 2005, Catalogue essay by Georgia Harvey