Allan Mitelman biography

ALLAN MITELMAN was born in Poland in 1946 and arrived in Australia in 1953. He studied at the Prahran College
of Advanced Education (1965-68). Mitelman's work is represented in major public collections throughout Australia
New Zealand and America including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne.
The exhibition, Allan Mitelman, After-images: A survey of works from 1970 -1995, was the first major survey
of the artist's work in Melbourne. A survey, Works on Paper 1967-2004 was shown at the National Gallery of Victoria
and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2004-5.

Allan Mitelman is currently living and working in Melbourne.


1969    Crossley Gallery, Melbourne
1970    Crossley Gallery, Melbourne
1971    Crossley Gallery, Melbourne
1971    Gallery One-Eleven, Brisbane
1972    Gallery One-Eleven, Brisbane
1972    Warehouse Galleries, Melbourne
1973    Crossley Gallery, Melbourne
1974    Sweeney Reed Galleries, Melbourne
1974    Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1975    Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1976    Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1977    Solander Gallery, Canberra
1977    Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1979    Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1981    Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1983    Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1983    Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1985    Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1985    Pinacotheca, Melbourne
1986    312 Lennox Street, Melbourne
1987    312 Lennox Street, Melbourne
1988    312 Lennox Street, Melbourne
1988    Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1989    Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1990    Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1991    Deutscher Brunswick Street, Melbourne
1991    Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1992    Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1992    Allan Mitelman: seven prints published by
the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
1994    Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1995    Allan Mitelman, After-images: A survey of works form 1970-95
1995    Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
1995    Allan Mitelman, After-images: A survey of works from 1970-95
1995    Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
1997    Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1999    Galerie Düsseldorf, Paintings and Drawings, A Festival of Perth Exhibition
2004-5 A survey, Works on Paper 1967-2004, Ian Potter Centre, NGV, Melbourne
and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


1970 Third International Biennale of Graphic Art, Cracow, Poland

        Eight Melbourne Printmakers, Arts Council of Australia Exhibition

        Canberra, ACT

1971 Australian Imprint, Commonwealth Exhibition, South-East Asia

        Contemporary Australian Prints, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand

        Australian Prints: Print Council of Australia Exhibition, Cracow, Poland

        Images, Commonwealth Exhibition, India (touring)

1972 Australian Prints, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

        Pratt Graphic Centre, New York, New Generation Painters

        Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, Victoria, Georges Invitation Art Prize

        Georges Gallery, Melbourne

1974 Australian Graphics, Commonwealth Exhibition, Mexico and South America

        9th International Print Biennale Tokyo

1975 Artists' Artists, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Recent Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Fifty Years of the Macquarie Galleries, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney

        Nineteenth Tasmanian Art Gallery Exhibition

        Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

        John McCaughey Memorial Invitation Art Prize

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Twelve Australian Lithographers, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Australian Graphics, Festival of Creative Arts and Sciences, Canberra

1976 Outlines of Australian Printmaking, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria

        Western Pacific Print Biennale, Print Council of Australia Exhibition (touring)

        East Coast Drawings, Institute of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

1977 Australian Colourists, Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth

        Modern Prints from Australia, Japan Print Association

        Print Council of Australia,Kanagawa, Tokyo

        Contemporary Australian Prints, Western Australia Art Gallery

1978 Project 23: Allan Mitelman and John R. Neeson

        Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

        Australian Etching, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

        Works on Paper: Gunter Christmann, Richard Havyatt,

        Allan Mitelman, John Neeson Australia Council Exhibition (touring)

        Seven Printmakers, Tasmanian College of Art Gallery, Hobart

1979 European Beginnings: Eight Australian Artists from Europe

        Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

        John McCaughey Memorial Invitation Art Prize

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Works on Paper, Australia Council Exhibition, Australian Embassy,Paris

1980 Contemporary Australian Printmakers, Museum of Art

        University of Oregon, USA

        13th International Print Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

        Australian Prints, Department of Foreign Affairs Exhibition

        (touring Europe and South-East Asia)

1981 14th International Print Biennale, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

        John McCaughey Memorial Invitation Art Prize

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Contemporary Australian Prints since 1975

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Survey of the Seventies, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

1983 15th International Print Biennale Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

        Drawn Decades: Bill Brown, Fred Cress, Allan Mitelman

        The Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, NSW (touring)

1985 Thirty Years On - Survey of Works on Paper

        Pinacotheca, Melbourne

1986 10th International Exhibition of Original Drawings

        Museum of Modern Art, Rijeka, Yugoslavia

        Twenty Tears of Australian Abstraction, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

        Painters Visions, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney

        Paintings: 1955 – 1985, 312 Lennox Street, Melbourne

        Melbourne Printmakers, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

        Surface for Reflexion, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

        Crosscurrents, Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne

        Works on Paper - 1950's to the Present

        312 Lennox Street, Melbourne

1987 John McCaughey Memorial Invitation Art Prize

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Acquisitions 1986-1987, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW

        Director's Choice, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

        Important Works on Paper, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney

1988 11th International Exhibition of Original Drawings

        Museum of Modern Art,   Rijeka, Yugoslavia

        200 Years of Australian Drawings

        Australian National Gallery, Canberra

1989 Prints and Australia: Pre-settlement to Present

        Australian National Gallery, Canberra

        Freestyle: Australian Art - 1960's to Now

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Gary Anderson Gallery at EMR:

        Stephen Bambury, Joe Felber, Allan Mitelman, Paul Partos

        EMR Gallery, Sydney

        Australian Painting, Works on Paper and Sculpture

        312 Lennox Street, Melbourne

        A Selection of 19th and 20th Century Australian Art

        Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne

1990 Recent Acquisitions:Department of Prints and Drawings

        National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

        Commonsense, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney

        Homage to Morandi, Garry Anderson Gallery,Sydney

1991 Commonsense, University of South Australia, Adelaide

        Selected Contemporary Australian Art   

        Deutscher Brunswick Street, Melbourne

        Microcosm - An Exhibition of Small Works

        Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney

1992 Works on Paper: Bambury, Cullen, McCahon,

        Mitelman, Morrison, Peebles,Tomkins, Webster

        Artis, Auckland, New Zealand

        Reference Points: A New Perspective

        Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

        The Melbourne Savage Club Invitation Art Prize 1992

        McClelland Art Gallery, Melbourne

        Henri Worland Memorial Print Award 1972-1992

        Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

        1960 to the Present - Australian Paintings, Pinacotheca, Melbourne

        Paper Works 3 – Scotland, Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scotland

        A Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Australian Art

        Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne

1993 Selected Paintings and Sculpture by Australian Jewish

        Artists from the turn of the century to the present day

        Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

        The People of the Book - Jewish Aspects of

        The University of Melbourne Collection

        The University of Melbourne Museum of Art

        On Paper Sherman Galleries, Sydney

        The Black Show Geelong Art Gallery (touring NSW and Victoria)

        Contemporary Australian Drawing from the Collection

        Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

1994 The Baillieu Myer Collection of the 80's

        Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

        Olsen, Lanceley, Partos, Mitelman, Sansom:

        Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

        Recent Prints from the Australian Print Workshop

        Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne

        On Paper, Solander Gallery, Canberra

        Twenty Paintings - by Melbourne artists of the 1980's

        Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

        Silent Objects: Non-objective art from Melbourne

        Centre for Contemporary Art, Hamilton, 

        Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

        New Prints: Eight Contemporary Artists

        New England Regional Art Museum,

        Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, NSW

        Modern Australian Painting - from the 1930's to the present

        Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

        Contemporary Australian Printmaking, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney

        Modern Australian Painting, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

        13th International Triennial, Originalgrafik, Grenchen, Switzerland

1995 In Tandem- Partos, Lanceley, Johnson, Mitelman, Gimblett

        Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney

        Australian Art - Colonial to Contemporary, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne

        The Situation Now: a survey of local non-objective art

        University Art Museum, La Trobe University, Melbourne

        Australia Felix, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria

        Modern Australian Painting - from the 1930's to the present

        Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

        Optics: Allan Mitelman, Jan Riske, David Serisier

        Orange Regional Gallery, New South Wales

        Works on Paper, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney

        New Works on Paper: Booth, Henson, Kngwarreye, Maudsley,

        Mitelman,Nedelkopoulos, Olsen, Senbergs, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne

        The Experience of Abstraction: Bonnefoi, Christofides, Gimblett, Griffin,

        Leach-Jones, Mitelman, Wollongong City Gallery (touring)

        Two Australian Artists-Allan Mitelman, Stephen Wickham

        Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

        Black Attack, National Gallery of Victoria

        Silent Rhythms, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

        2D, 3D, Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1997 Galerie Düsseldorf-21 Years On Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth

        200 Years of Artists Lithographs National Gallery of Victoria

1998 Primary Colours: Blue, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

        The Mecenat Collection, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

        The Laverty Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

        Southern Reflections: Ten Contemporary Australian Artists

        Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo;

        Konsthallen, Gothenberg; Galerie Otso, Helsinki

        Australian Prints From the Gallery's Collection

        Art Gallery of New South Wales

        Works on Paper by 20 Australian Artists, Za Moca Foundation, Tokyo


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathhurst
Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla
Brisbane College of Advanced Education Collection, Brisbane
Burnie Art Gallery, Burnie
Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown
Christchurch City Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Deakin University, Melbourne
Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, Devonport
Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth
Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle
Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong
Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
La Trobe University, Melbourne
McClelland Gallery, Melbourne
Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S A.
Myer Foundation, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
New Parliament House, Canberra
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology Collection, Brisbane
Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton
State College of Victoria Collection, Melbourne
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
The Chartwell Collection, Hamilton, New Zealand
The University of Melbourne Collection, Melbourne
University of Queensland Collection, Brisbane
University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide
Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
Warrnambool City Art Gallery, Warrnambool
Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong


1970    Geelong Art Prize
1972    Henry Worland Memorial Prize
1973    Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council Grant Corio Art Prize
1975    Commission, The Outback Reader-A Collection of Australian Contemporary and Experimental Short Fiction
1976    Fremantle Arts Centre Print Prize
1976    Wollongong Art Purchase Prize
1977    Bathurst Art Award
1977    Visual Arts and Crafts Board of the Australia Council Fellowship
Commission, original print for Traversare I
Monash University Studio Series No 2/1992    


Allen, C., Art in Australia - From Colonization to Postmodernism (Thames & Hudson, 1997)
Bonython K., Modern Australian Painting 1970 -1975 (Rigby, 1970)
Bonython K., Modern Australian Painting 1975 -1980 (Rigby, 1980)
Chanin E., Contemporary Australian Painting (Craftsman House, 1980)
Drury N., Images 2; Contemporary Australian Painting (Craftsman House 1994)
Drury N., Images in Contemporary Australian Painting (Craftsman House 1992)
Drury N., New Art Three; Profiles in Contemporary Australian Art (Craftsman House, 1989)
Germaine M., Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand (Lansdowne Press, 1979)
Grishin S., Contemporary Australian Printmaking; An Interpretative History (Craftsman House, 1994)
Grishin S., Australian Printmaking in the 1990's - Artist Printmakers 1990-1995 (Craftsman House, 1994)
Kempf F., Contemporary Australian Printmakers (Lansdowne Press, 1976)
McCulloch A., Encyclopedia of Australian Art (Hutchison, 1969)
Robbard G. & Smith E., Concise Dictionary of Australian Artists
(Melbourne University Press, 1993)
Robbard G. & Smith E., Who's Who of Australian Visual Artists (Thorpe, 1995)
Thomas D., Outlines of Australian Art; The Joseph Brown Collection (MacMillan, 1989)

Newspapers and Periodicals
Allen C., 'Minimalism - sensual and cerebral' The Sydney Review May 1989
Allen C., Passive resistance to bombastic statements
The Sydney Morning Herald 26 May 1990
Borlase N., Who's childish? The Sydney Morning Herald 25 February 1978
Catalano G., Davis and Mitelman stand tests of time The Age 5 Oct 1988
Catalano G., Looking below the surface The Age 8 July 1987
Catalano G., Poetry on canvas deceives passing eyes The Age 10 Oct 1986
Cross E., Allan Mitelman Art Network Spring 1985
Davies S., Allan Mitelman - Powell Street Gallery Art Network Spring 1983
Delaruelle J., Demanding attention The Sydney Review Sep 1994
Delaruelle J., Jelle van den Berg: Allan Mitelman Art Monthly June 1989
French B., Staying alert to change Art Monthly July 1996
GQ - a quarterly review of graphic work GQ Tokyo 1974
Green C. & Wickham S., Abstract? West Vol 3 No 2 1991
Grishin S., Minimalist but not theory bound The Canberra Times 14 Feb 1996
Grishin S., Outstanding work meets international standard
The Canberra Times 26 Feb 1994
Grishin S., Signs reduced to a minimum The Canberra Times 13 Oct 1977
Heathcote C., The gentle art of an artist who has learned to efface self
The Age 26 June 1990
Heathcote C., Visions of Black Australia The Age 25 June 1983
Holloway M., demand exceeding supply? The Age 18 May 1983
Inwood A., Surveying the boundaries of worlds apart
The Australian 26 May 1990
Kempe J., Det ar langt mellan kontinenterna ë Dagens Nyheter April 8 1998
Langer Dr G., Serene abstracts The Courier Mail 24 June 1972
Lynn E., Serious frames of mind The Australian 29 April 1989
Maloon T., Hang on, these works are worth another look
The Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 1983
Maloon T., Mitelman, the painting as an arena for life
The Sydney Morning Herald 24 August 1985
McCaughey P., A show with all that's fit to print The Age 10 Dec 1969
McCaughey P., Glimmerings of hope for future The Age 12 April 1972
McCulloch A., Artist on the right road The Herald 20 August 1969
McDonald J., No place for quick viewing
The Sydney Morning Herald 13 august 1994
McKenzie R., Mid-career survey: Allan Mitelman. 
After Images: -a survey of work 1970 - 1995 The Age 9 August 1995
Murray Harvey N., Prints and graffiti The Canberra Times 24 April 1970
Plant M., Melbourne Printmakers Art Bulletin of Victoria 1973-1974
Roe B., Fireworks at 111 Antiques and Art Australasia August 1972
Runefelt E., Out of Australia's Living Heart ë Svenska Dagbladet 29 March 1998
Rooney R., Allan Mitelman. After images: a survey of works 1970 - 1995
The Australian 4 August 1995
Sisley A., Fundamental truths in abstract forms of Optics
Central Western Daily, 19.08.95
Waite D., Allan Mitelman. After images: a survey of works from 1970 - 1995
Imprint Vol 30 No 3 1995
Warren A., Art quality of charm The Sun 22 July 1970
Warren A., Muted tonings in local work The Sun 19 May 1971
Zimmer J., Allan Mitelman: a survey of works 1970 - 1995
Agenda - Australian Contemporary Art Oct 1995