Ian Napier Biography

Ian biography


Ian Napier born in 1938 Melbourne, studied under John Brack, did painting classes with Jenny Watson and Howard Arkley, worked alongside Rick Amor and Andrew Southall.
He exhibited at ROAR GALLERY 2 and had a solo exhibition at MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY, Mornington, Victoria. His work has been transposed into 6 tapestries by the VICTORIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP, has been acquired by the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL GALLERY (ANG) and exhibited in the access studio of NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA (NGV)
Commendations include Judith Ryan (NGV) and Maudi Palmer (ex Heidi)
Ian worked as an architect before painting full-time and is a Fellow-Royal Australian Institute of Architects and Associate of Institute of Arbitrators.



1938                                                     Melbourne, Australia



1949 – 54                                             Melbourne Grammar:  JOHN BRACK, painting teacher

1955 – 59                                             Architecture, RMIT:    Anne MontgomeryMary MacQueen

1960 – 63                                             Architecture, University of Melbourne

1975 76                                                Study Tour Europe, U.K., South America, South Pacific

1979                                                     Studied stained glass with Klaus Zimmer

1982 – 1983                                         Painting classes:  JENNY WATSON SCHOOL

1983 – 86                                             Painting trips with Andrew Southall and Rick Amor

1984                                                     Study Tour of Portugal, Spain and France

1985                                                     Study Tour of London, New York and Paris

1987                                                     Study with HOWARD ARKLEY, Prahran Institute of Technology

1990                                                     Lived and painted at Portsea, Victoria

1991 – 94                                             Printmaking, Access Studio, Australian Print Workshop

1997 – 98                                             Lived and painted at Metung, Victoria

1999                                                     Returned to Melbourne



2014                                                     Birds Gallery, Kew

2008                                                     Pivotal Gallery, Richmond

1998 – 99                                             Akimbo Gallery, Hawthorn

1997                                                     Motorworks Gallery, Melbourne Grammar, South Yarra

1996                                                     Akimbo Gallery, Hawthorn

1994                                                     SURVEY EXHIBITION 1984 – 1994

                                                             ‘Dog Eat Dog, MORNINGTON PENINSULA

                                                             REGIONAL ART GALLERY, Victoria

1993                                                     ROAR Gallery 2, Fitzroy, Melbourne

1992                                                     Reflections Gallery, Melbourne

1992                                                     First Settlement Gallery, Sorrento, Victoria

1991 – 92                                             QDOS Gallery, Lorne, Victoria1991           J-Jinks Gallery, Melbourne

1991                                                     Raya Gallery, Melbourne

1990                                                     Mornington Gallery, Victoria

1989                                                     Raya Gallery, Melbourne

1988                                                     Beaver Galleries, Canberra

1987                                                     Raya Gallery, Melbourne



 1997 – 98                                             Melbourne Arts Club Annual Show

1998                                                     Members Show, 69 Smith Street, Fitzroy

1997                                                     ‘Red, White and Blue’, 69 Smith Street, Fitzroy

1996                                                     Miniature Show, ROAR GALLERY, Fitzroy

1995                                                     ‘Pulp Fiction’ (works on paper) Roar 2

1995                                                     ‘Shadowlands’, ROAR GALLERY, Fitzroy

1995                                                     ‘Random Sample III’, ROAR GALLERY, Fitzroy

1993                                                     Opening of Novotel Hotel, ‘Summer St. Kilda’

1993                                                     Salon des Artes, ‘Nautica’

1992 & 93                                             Australian Print Workshop

1992                                                     Salon des Artes, ‘Dining Art’

 1991, 92, 93, 94                                 MLC Invitation Exhibitor

1990                                                     Mixed Media Gallery, Melbourne, with Michael Leunig

 1989                                                     Environmental Arts Exhibition, State Bank Galleria,Ken Scarlett, Curator

 1989 & 90                                            Raya Gallery, Melbourne



1993                                                    Selected for exhibition at ROAR Gallery, Fitzroy.  Exhibited total area

 1994                                                     SURVEY EXHIBITION – MORNINGTON PENINSULARREGIONAL ART GALLERY, VICTORIA.  Exhibited total area.

 1998 – 99                                            Selected from over 100 artists by Victorian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne for SMALL TAPESTRIES project. 

                                                              Six small tapestries produced from Ian Napier  paintings.

1999                                                     Exhibition National Gallery of Victoria, Access Studio

                                                            16 April – 6 May.  Painting exhibited ‘Melbourne Boy’

1999 – 2000                                       Selected as first artist to paint full size fibreglass horse for

                                                             ART HORSES project to be exhibited in Melbourne streetsor buildings Autumn 2001.

Circa 1996                                         Three etchings acquired by AUSTRALIAN NATIONALGALLERY (ANG)



1989                                                     Highly Commended, Williamstown Art Prize (Open)

                                                             Judge:  Judith Ryan, N.G.V.

1998                                                     Highly Commended Cancer Award

                                                             Maudi Palmer (ex Heidi Gallery)


                                                             Mentioned in Artists Tapestries

                                                             (Victorian Tapestry Workshop) book under

                                                             Small Tapestries section.



Works in Public Galleries and private collections in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A.


                                                             Full page reproduction of painting, ‘Café Morte’

                                                             Australian Art Diary, 1996


                                                                   Melbourne Report, August 1987

Canberra Times, August 1988

Melbourne Herald-Sun, October 1993

Melbourne Herald-Sun, July 2000


1964 – late 1980’s                                 Practiced as Architect

1965                                                          Registered Architect

 1966                                                           Associate – Royal Australian Institute of Architects

1974                                                           Fellow – Royal Australian Institute of Architect

1984                                                           Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators, Australia










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