Frank Malerba

Recognised in Melbourne and nationally for his sculptural works, Malerba continually delights viewers with his lyricism of line translated into steel. Working from line drawings, Malerba creates sculptures of the drawings formed out of laser cut steel. Malerba states, “Using a linear approach I am able to accentuate and capture the sense of movement that is unique to the subject matter. I am interested in capturing the many fleeting moods of my models.”

Malerba’s work articulates a combination of new wave pop-realism, the abstract and the figurative sublime. This is achieved through the bold use line combined with progressive techniques and materials, lending the work to be sensually urban. His art practice also consists of paintings and public art.

Famed for his expressive use of line, Malerba has been commissioned to complete prominent public art work situated in St Kilda, South Melbourne and Flemington. Malerba’s mark making is a feature within this highly successful artwork. Erotic Blur—his newest body of work, further explores the female form using a blurring technique. Forthright and expressive Malerba’s portrayals of the women he paints are confronting yet sensual.

Artworks

Solo exhibitions

2010 Global Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2009 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2008 Satchi & Satchi, Sydney, Australia

2007 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2006 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2005 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2003 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2002 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2001 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2000 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1999 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Group exhibitions

2012 Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney, Australia

2010 Sculpture Biennial, Wangaratta, NSW

2010 Tenth Annual Exhibition, Birds Nest Studio, Whitanga NZ

2009 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, Victoria, Australia

2009 Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney, Australia

2008 Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition, Victoria, Australia

2007 Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney, Australia

2007 Swell, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia

2007 Sculpture 19 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney , Australia

2006 Sculpture 18, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2006 Directors Choice, Christopher Rimmer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2005 Discovery Art Show, Gasworks Art Park. Melbourne, Australia

2005 Willoughby Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

2005 Artists for Kids Trust, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Paper Show, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Cromwells Art Prize, Touring Exhibition, Sydney, Melbourne, Washington

2004 Artists for Kids Trust, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2003 Blue Show, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2003 Urban Life, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2003 Artists for Kids Trust, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2002 R-Rated Show, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2002 Red Show, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2002 Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2002 Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia

2000 Southside Arts, Treasury Place, Melbourne, Australia

Awards

2008 Winner of Contempora Public Choice Award

2008 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize

2008 Sculpture, at Heritage, Victoria

2008 Sculpture Biennial, Wangaratta, Victoria

2008 Finalist, Contempora II Sculpture Prize, Melbourne, Australia

2007 Finalist, Prometheus Visual Arts Award, Gold Coast, Australia

2007 Finalist, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, Yarra Valley, Australia

2007 Finalist, Swell Festival of Sculpture, Currumbin, Queensland

2007 Finalist, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia

2006 Finalist, Robert Jacks Drawing Prize

2006 Finalist, Nude Show, Andrew Crawford Gallery, Sydney

2006 Finalist, Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Melbourne, Australia

2006 Finalist, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia

2006 Finalist, Contempora 2 Sculpture Prize, Melbourne, Australia

2005 Finalist, Cromwells Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

2005 Finalist, Willoughby Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

2004 Finalist, Cromwells Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

Bibliography

2009 Port Phillip Leader, 22nd June

2008 Inside Out Magazine, March/April Edition

2004 Black & White Magazine, No 63, page 6 Home Beautiful, May Edition

2003 The Age, Diary, Domain Section, November Herald Sun, Arts & Entertainment, page 91, February 14 Variety, The Childrens Charity, Cover, September 18

2002 Herald Sun, Review, Arts & Entertainment, page 90, September 2 The Australian Financial Review, Arts, page 63, October 10 Jeff Makin 'Culture Differences', Herald Sun, October 14 (Inside) Interior Review, No 22, page 40-41

2001 The Age, Good Weekend Magazine, page 11,October 6, The Emerald Hill Times, Metro Review, page 11, October 3, Antiques & Art, page 78, November Ð March Ferntree Gully Art Society, 'The Hut' Collection and Publication, A History of the Ferntree Gully Arts Society

Other

2012 Commission, Benson Group, Flemington, Victoria

2012 Commission, Tolarno Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria

2010 Public Art Commission, Hickory Developments, Mt Alexander Rd Flemington, VIC

2009 Public Art Commission, Port Phillip Council, South Melbourne, Victoria

2009 Commission, Tolarno Management, Glenferrie Rd Hawthorn, Victoria

2008 Commission, Retirement Home Caroline Springs, Victoria

2006 Commission, Benson Group, Hawthorn, Victoria

2006 Wine Label Design, Woongarra Winery, Victoria, Australia

2005 Ugly Sister, Design of Restaurant Interior, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Fashion Exposed Poster, Melbourne, Australia

2004 MDA, Television Drama Series, ABC, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Secret Life Of Us, Television Drama Series, Channel 9, Melbourne, Australia

2004 Tolarno Boutique Hotel Brochure, featured in penthouse, St Kilda, Australia

2004 Getaway, Lifestyle Television Series, Channel 9, for Tolarno Hotel, St Kilda, Australia

2003 Stingers, Television Drama Series, Channel 9, Melbourne, Australia

2003 A Conversation In A Brothel, play directed by Lill Legard for Victorian College of the Arts, featured in stage set, Melbourne, Australia