Euan Heng


1945 Australian


Euan Heng was born in Oban, Argyllshire, Scotland in 1945. Between 1960 and 1970 he was employed in various occupations, including four years as a merchant seaman travelling world- wide. The artist gained diploma and post diploma qualifications from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and a Research MA from RMIT University, Melbourne. Since 1973 he has held thirty-three solo exhibitions in Australia, Scotland and Italy and participated in over seventy group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. His work is represented in public and university museum collections in all states of Australia and Scotland. Illustrated essays, articles and reviews on his work have been published in all major Australian newspapers and fine art journals. Other activities of the artist have included teaching and currently he holds the adjunct position of Associate Professor in Fine Art at Monash University, Melbourne. He has participated in visiting artist/lectureships and residences in Australia and overseas including the Australia Council Residency at the British School at Rome in 1999 and a Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland in 2010. In 2004 he received the Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools Distinguished Research Award. Euan Heng lives and works in Melbourne.



2011 Curious Music, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
2011 Interlude Suspended, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2010 A Fond Farewell, The Steeples, Newburgh, Scotland
2010 In progress part 1, The Steeples, Newburgh, Scotland
2008 Semaphore, new paintings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2007 E is For Elephant, Spare Room, Carlton RMIT University, Melbourne
2006 Turning for Shelter: A survey exhibition 1979–2005, Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
2005 Drawings, Australian Galleries, Sydney
2004 Elsewhere, Australian Galleries, Melbourne Art Fair
2003 Watercolours and Prints, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
2002 Recent Works on Paper, Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
2001 Abracadabra, Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
2000 Watercolours and Drawings, Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Melbourne
Graffiti, Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Melbourne Another Riddle, Greenhill Galleries and The Perth International Arts Festival, Perth
1999 Work in Progress, British School at Rome, Italy
1997 Recent Works on Paper, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1996 Works on Paper, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1995 Paintings and Prints, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Studio Notes, McClelland Art Gallery, Langwarren, Victoria
1992 Paintings and Watercolours, Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney Paintings and Watercolours, Greenhill Galleries, Perth
1991 Cycle, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
1990 Watercolours, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1989 Paintings, 70 Arden Street Gallery, Melbourne
1988 Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, 70 Arden Street Gallery, Melbourne
1987 Survey of Selected Work (1977 to 1987), Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria
Drawings, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, Churchill, Victoria
1985 Paintings and Drawings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1984 Paintings and Prints, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1980 Paintings and Prints, Editions Gallery, Melbourne
1979 Paintings and Prints, Arts Council Gallery, Canberra
1976 Paintings and Prints, Stirling Gallery, Stirling, Scotland
1974 Prints, Stirling Gallery, Stirling, Scotland
1973 Prints, Kind Kytocks Gallery, Falkland, Scotland

2011 Ultra Neon, Light Projects, Melbourne, Victoria
2011 The gravity of the situation, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria
2011 Ephemeral by Nature-Lasting by Design, Deakin University Gallery & Whitehorse Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria
2011 Weaving Art and Change, Fortyfive Downstairs, Melbourne, Victoria
2011 Scottish Painters in Australia, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum, Victoria.
2011 Home-real and ideal, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2010 The Naked Face (Self-Portraits), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
2010 Royal Scottish Academy Open, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh, Scotland
2010 Niagara Galleries at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria
2010 Contemporary Australian Drawing, RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2009 The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Victoria
2009 Art on paper, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney. NSW
2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 09, Bendigo City Art Gallery, Victoria
2009 Niagara Galleries at the Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand
2009 Step right up: Australian art and the circus, Art Centre, Melbourne
2008 Magestry, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
2008 Drawn Encounters, The Gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, London
2008 In Black and White: Works from the Collection, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
Who Let the Dogs Out, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery; Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, New South Wales
2007 Re (action), Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2007 Farwell To The Stables: A Toast, Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
2007 Stranger Geography, Palazzo Vaj, Prato, Italy
2007 Australian Drawing part 2, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2007 How I entered there I cannot say, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
Strange Geography, Kingsgate Gallery, London
Let Them Roam, Harrison Galleries, Sydney
2006 Sixth Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
2005 The Big Small Tapestry Show, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Victoria
Contrasts, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Academici, Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne; The British School at Rome, Italy
Dwelling, The Hanover Print Collection, Chrysalis, Melbourne
2004 Paper Animals, Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne
Pelt, RMIT (Project Space), Melbourne
Place Made, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2003 Ubiquitous Beauty, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
Odd, RMIT School of Art and Culture, Melbourne
wall \ paper, Australian Galleries Works on Paper, Melbourne
Wildlife, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne
Edition + Artist Book Survey, The Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
Workings of The Mind, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2000/1 People in a Landscape: Contemporary Australian Prints, Cultural
Centre of the Philippines, Manila and touring Taiwan, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand
2000 Liberty, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Small Tapestries, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
Australian Identities in Printmaking, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2000 Cutting Comments – Contemporary Linocuts: 1995 – 1998, NETS Victoria and touring
Proof Positive, Gold treasury Museum, Melbourne
1999 Cabinet Works, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1998 Orientations, New Parliament House, Canberra
From The Block, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Metamorphosis, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
Decalogue, Metropolitan Museum of Seoul, Korea
Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1997 Figurative Forces, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
1996 Blake Prize for Religious Art, State Library of NSW, Sydney
Call of the Wild, New Parliament House, Canberra
1995 50th Anniversary Exhibition: Migration – Enriching Australia (1945–1995), The Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
1994 Watercolour Exhibition by the artists of ROC, USA and Australia, Chung Cheng Gallery, The Taiwan Art Education Institute, Taiwan
1994 Margaret Stewart Endowment, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Mixed Impressions, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of NSW, Sydney
1993 Excaliber, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
1992 Recently Seen, McClelland Art Gallery, Victoria
1991 Indo-Echo, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell; Sale Regional Gallery, Sale; Linden Gallery, Melbourne
1991 Transitional Times, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Contemporary Gippsland Artists, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria and touring all states and territories
1990 Modern and Contemporary Australian Watercolours and Gouaches, John Buckley Fine Art, Melbourne
1988 The October Show, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
100 x 100, Print Council of Australia bicentennial touring exhibition
1985 The Relief Print, Scottish Arts Council Exhibition touring Scotland
1984 Contemporary Australian Printmakers, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto; Pratt Graphic Centre, New York
Australian Printmakers, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Ogisu Memorial Museum of Inazawa City, Japan
1983 Seven Painters Different Viewpoint, The University of Melbourne Art Gallery, Victoria
International Print Exhibit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1977 10 Years, Dundee Young Painters: Dundee Museum and Art Gallery, Dundee, Scotland
1976 Pernod – Scottish Art, Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
1975 Trees, Stirling Gallery, Stirling, Scotland
1974 Scottish Young Contemporaries, McClelland Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland
1973 International Print Exchange, Compass Gallery, Glasgow; Montpellier Ecole des Beaux Arts, France; Illinois State University, USA and DJCA


Aquinas College, Melbourne
Art Bank, Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Australian Print Workshop Archives
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria
Ballarat University, Victoria
Bathurst Art Gallery, NSW
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Box Hill College of TAFE, Victoria
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum
Charles Sturt University, New South Wales
City of Whitehorse Collection, Victoria
Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Melbourne
Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
Gippsland Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
Gladstone Art Gallery, Queensland
Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Institute for the Arts, ANU, Canberra
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria
Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia
McLelland Art Gallery, Victoria
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Methodists Ladies College, Melbourne
Mildura Art Centre, Victoria
Monash Museum of Art, Monash University, Melbourne
Mornington Peninsula Art Centre, Victoria
Naracoorte Art Gallery, South Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
New England Regional Museum, New South Wales
New Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Print Council of Australia Archives
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Victoria
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
Stirling University, Scotland
Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Toowoomba City Gallery, Queensland
University of Southern Queensland
Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Warnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

2005 Inaugural Print Release, Hanover Print Collection
1999 Commissioned Print Project for Westin Hotel, Melbourne, in collaboration with the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria
1999 Small Tapestries Project, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria
1997 Edition and Artist Book 1997 Relief Folio, Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, ACT
1995 Commissioned Print Edition, (50th Anniversary of Migration 1945 - 1995) Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Canberra
1991 Commissioned 25th Anniversary Print Edition, Print Council of Australia
1988 Commissioned 100 x 100 Bicentennial Portfolio, Print Council of Australia
1984 Commissioned Member Print Edition, Print Council of Australia


2010 Royal Scottish Academy/Scottish Arts Council, Residencies for Scotland Program
2006 Australia Council Residency, London Studio
2006 City of Melbourne Arts Grant
2006 RMIT Printmaking Summer Residency
2004 ACUADS Distinguished Research Award
1999 Australia Council Residency, British School at Rome
1976 Scottish Arts Council Short Term Bursary
1976 A Pernod Prize, Scotland (Painting)
1974 GTV Prize (Printmaking)
1974 Scottish Post Graduate Scholarship
1973 BMK Travelling Award, Paris
1971 Pat Homes Memorial Prize


Greer Honeywell, ’Euan Heng’, Sonia Payes, Untitled: Portraits of Australian Artists, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2007
Susan McCulloch, The New McColloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, The Meigunyah Press and Aus Art Editions, 2006
Laura Murray Cree, Awesome! Australian Art for Contemporary Kids, Craftsman House, Australia, 2002
Gary Catalano, Building a Picture: Interviews with Australian Artists, McGraw-Hill, Australia, 1997
Sasha Grishen, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Artist Printmakers, 1990 to 1995, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996

Kirsten McKay, Scottish Painters in Australia, Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum, Castlemaine, Victoria, 2011
Magestry, exhibition catalogue, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria, 2008
Merryn Gates ‘A long story in short bites’, Who Let the Dogs Out: The Dog in Contemporary Australian Art, exhibition catalogue, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW, 2008
Re (action), Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW, 2007
Kit Wise, Euan Heng: Conjured Constructions, Australian National University, Canberra, 2006
Justin Clemens, Pictorial Suddeness: The Prints of Euan Heng, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2006
Faye Glinister, Academici, Monash University and The British School at Rome, Melbourne, 2005
Contrasts, Charles Sturt University and Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 2005
Elsewhere, Australian Galleries Publishing, Melbourne, 2004
Jazmina Cininas, Pelt, Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, 2004
Place Made, APW/National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2004
Anna Clabburn, The distress of excess, Australian Galleries Publishing, Melbourne, 2003
Anne Virgo, Wildlife, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne, 2002
Rosemary Adam, Abracadabra, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 2001
Stephen Rainbird, Workings Of The Mind: Melbourne Prints 1960s to the 1990s, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane, 2000
Sasha Grishin, Australian Identities in Printmaking, The Australian Print Collection of the Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 2000
Kirsty Grant, Cutting Comments – Contemporary Linocuts 1995–1998, NETS, Victoria, 2000
Deborah Hart, Call of the Wild’, Parliament House Art Collection, February 1996
Gary Catalano, Euan Heng, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, May 1995
Ann Carew, Excalibur, Geelong Art Gallery, March 1993
Rodney Scherer and David Hansen, Indo-Eco, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, April 1991
Rosemary Adam, Cycle, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, October 1991
David Hansen, Contemporary Gippsland Artists, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, June 1990
The October Show, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, 1988
Christopher Coventry, The Style is the Man, Latrobe Valley Arts Centre, Morwell, May 1987
David Thorp, Euan Heng, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 1984
Betty Clarke, Seven Painters: Different View Point, The University of Melbourne, June 1983

Bridie Lonie, “Global or local? The Melbourne Art Fair”, Art new Zealand, No 113, Summer 2004/2005
Vivien Gaston, ‘Sleuth, Euan Heng’, Art & Australia. vol.40, no.2, Summer 2002
Charles Green, ‘Euan Heng, Australian Galleries’, Artforum International, XL no.2, October 2001
Roger Taylor, ‘Euan Heng at Australian Galleries’, Asian Art News, vol.10, no.3, May/June 2000
Sheriden Palmer, ‘Euan Heng: The Landscape of Art ¬– an Artist's Tale’, Imprint, vol.32, no.3, Spring 1997
Robert Nelson, ‘Euan Heng and the Archaeology of the Modern’, Imprint, vol.30, no.2, Winter 1995
Peter Hill, ‘Euan Heng’, Asian Art News, vol.4, no.4, July/August 1994
Gary Catalano, ‘Something Here: an Interview with Euan Heng’, Art Monthly Australia, no.55, November 1992
Sheridan Palmer, ‘Transitional Times’, Imprint, vol. 26, no.3, Print Council of Australia, Spring/Summer 1991
Rosemary Adam, ‘Euan Heng’, Art and Australia, vol.27/1, Spring 1989

Jeff Makin, ‘Simplicity’s an art in itself’, Herald Sun, 31 July 2006
Megan Backhouse, ‘The freedom of years’, The Age, Review, 16 October 2004
Peter Hill, ‘Zero Hour’, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 2003
Robert Cook, ‘In the picture’, The West Australian, Weekend Extra, 26 April 2003
Victoria Hynes, ‘Line Dancer’, Sydney Morning Herald, Metro, 28 June 2002
Peter Hill, ‘In flight with snails and shoes’, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 2002
Lenny Ann Low, ‘Euan Heng’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 – 23 June 2002
Kourtney Kidd, ‘Cartoon in colour’, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 June 2001
Robert Nelson, ‘A strong showing – Visual arts year in review’, The Age, 27 December 2000
Anna Clabburn, ‘Trappings of success’, The Australian, 17 November 2000
Robert Nelson, ‘Seeing is believing’, The Age, 24 November 2000
Peter Timms, ‘Tell-tale signs of Renaissance Italy’, The Age, 19 April 2000
Anna Clabburn, ‘Inspired artists push the parameters’, The Australian, 14 April 2000
David Bromfield, ‘Arts Review’, The West Australian, 5 February 2000
Peter Timms, ‘Not all magic in this realism’, The Age, 12 August 1998
Robert Rooney, ‘Magic realism tour waiting to take you away’, The Australian, 14 August 1998
Sasha Grishin, ‘Elegant, intimate little exhibition’, Canberra Times, 7 February 1998
Neville Weston, ‘Supping with the devil’, The Western Review, no.31, September 1997
Ted Snell, ‘Much more to life beyond politics’, The Australian, September 1997
Robert Nelson, ‘Modern art for modern life's sake’, The Age, 11 June 1997
Josephine Allison, ‘Selective approach sharpens up satire’, The West Australian, 11 April 1996
Robert Nelson, ‘Blockbuster to schlockbuster – in 1995 the world of visual arts has taken flight’ The Age, 27 December 1995
Robert Nelson, ‘Cool sympathies in a bleak landscape’, The Age, August 1995
Robert Rooney, ‘Melbourne Art’, The Australian, 11 August 1995
Christopher Heathcote, ‘Lighthearted paintings and sculpture get year into gear’, The Age, 3 February 1993
Christopher Heathcote, ‘Imagined worlds provide the inspiration for a new movement’, The Age, 9 December 1992
David Bromfield, ‘On show’, The West Australian, 26 September 1992
Ron Banks, ‘Pictures that tell their tale’, The West Australian, 29 September 1992
Christopher Heathcote, ‘Unassuming pictures from an alcove at an imaginary exhibition’,
The Age, 3 September 1992
Christine France, ‘Dark expressions of self-alienation’, The Weekend Australian, August 1992
Bronwyn Watson, ‘Surrealists with attitude’, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 June 1992
Christopher Heathcote, ‘Lucid stirring pictures that linger in the mind’, The Age, June 1992
Louise Dauth, ‘Hard questions’ Artlink, vol.12, no.2, 1992
Peter Hill, ‘Rich narrative behind Heng imagery’, The Age, September 1990
Gary Catalano, ‘Blake questions today's artists’, The Age, December 1989
Gary Catalano, ‘Heng's deep emotional resonances’, The Age, September 1989
Gary Catalano, ‘When construction is the key’, The Age, April 1988
Robert Rooney, ‘Once an Englishman’, The Weekend Australian, April 1988
Jeannie Heynatz, ‘Individual look at industry’, Latrobe Valley Express, July 1987
Sonia Baron, ‘Print and paint artists compared’, Canberra Times, 1984
Rod Carmichael, ‘The look of real things’, The Sun, Melbourne, June 1983
Robert Rooney, ‘Realism all but forgotten’, The Weekend Australian, June 1983
Allan McCulloch, ‘Surprises from our past’, Melbourne Herald, November 1980
William Ferguson, ‘Pernod winners on show’, Times Educational Supplement, Scotland, 1976
Juliet Clough, ‘Art’, Times Educational Supplement, Scotland, December 1975
William Ferguson, ‘Art’, Times Educational Supplement, Scotland, October 1974
Edward Gage, ‘Art Gallery’, Scotsman, September 1974
Emilio Coia, ‘Pictures and private enterprise’, Glasgow Herald, September 1974

Authored by the Artist (selected)
Euan Heng, 2008. ‘Drawing on Italian art¹. In Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions, edited by Kent, Bill; Pesman, Ros; Troup, Cynthia. Melbourne: Monash University ePress. pp. 12.1–12.7.