Bio & C.V.

Harley Manifold

Harley Manifold was born in Camperdown, Victoria in 1982. In 2003 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Deakin University in Warrnambool. He then went onto complete his Honours in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne as the only non – previous student in his year. He has been included in numerous Art prizes and group exhibitions. On three occasions he has been a finalist in Australia’s richest art prize for emerging artists, The Metro Art Award, and consecutively for the previous two prizes. Also two time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2015 & 2017) as well as the Salon Des Refuses of the Archibald Prize (2016).

Manifold’s oil paintings depict the lone figure ambling through life – in alleyways in Melbourne landscapes, dwarfed by skyscrapers and highway overpasses, quiet places like bathrooms, and the countryside to which he has returned. A dark, saturated palette details hard geometrical surroundings, bathed in the soft liminal glow of dusk and the night-time sky. Sometimes adorning the figure’s torso, a flimsy upturned cardboard box, mimics yet contrasts the impenetrable vast, heavy buildings – yet provides camouflage and protection and paradoxically severing the connection with the outside. This recurring motif’s vulnerable transient interior is accentuated by the sturdy veneers of the surrounding concreted architecture and questions the influence of the modern social delineations, boundaries and interfaces we traverse daily. Manifold’s paintings tread the discourse of unnoticed physical and psychological terrains. City landscapes, constructed by people yet cluttered by ‘anti-spaces’, Manifold’s paintings reflect tensions between states of camouflage and discontinuity in an era of increased communication and alienation. These intimate self-portraits open enquiries regarding the place and positioning of the human condition in this contemporary technological age.


BORN: Camperdown, Vic. 1982


2010 Victorian College of the Arts. Fine Arts Honours

2003 Deakin University Bachelor of Arts – Visual Arts


2019 The Neighbours, YAVA Gallery Healesville

2019 Gateway City, Boom Gallery Geelong

2018 20/20 Plein Air Paintings in 20 Days, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne

2018 The Dichotomist, QDOS Arts Lorne

2017 A Strange Dance, No Vacancy Gallery Melbourne

2016 End, Bridge 38

2015 Contained, RUBICON ARI

2015 C L O S E, Gallery Smith Project Space

2014 INFINITY, No Vacancy Gallery

2013 Pea Green Boat Gallery, Brunswick

2013 Maddens Lawyers Gallery, Warrnambool

2012 Pea Green Boat Gallery, Brunswick

2012 Judy Antill Gallery, Portland

2010 Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Kidogo Art House, Fremantle

2005 Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Warrnambool Art Gallery

2003 Deakin University


2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi – Finalist, Sydney

2019 Coaster Show, Warrnambool

2019 Tarawil Group Show, Golden Plains

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi – Finalist, Sydney

2018 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong

2018 Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong

2018 Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Brisbane

2018 Kennedy Prize Finalist, Adelaide

2018 Formed On The Plains, Melbourne

2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Sydney

2017 Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat

2017 The Other Art Fair, Sydney

2017 H.S. Gallery Group Show, Torquay

2017 Bayside Brighton Art Prize, Melbourne

2017 The Other Art Fair, Melbourne

2017 Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham

2017 ‘Whisper’ The Lost Ones gallery, Ballarat

2017 Lucy McEachern Gallery, Golden Plains

2016 ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’ (September)

2016 Salon Des Refuses of The Archibald Prize, Sydney

2016 SCOPE galleries Environmental prize, Warrnambool

2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale

2015 Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney

2015 Imago Mundy, Venice Biennale, Italy

2015 Flinders Lane Gallery ‘Exploration 15’

2015 Bridge 38 group show

2014 Cliftons Art Prize Melbourne WINNER

2014 M Contemporary Art Award

2014 Mars Gallery W.T.C. Emerging Sculptors

2014 SCOPE Galleries Environmental Prize

2014 Gallipoli Art Prize

2014 Golden Plains Arts Trail

2014 Rick Amor Drawing Prize Finalist, Ballarat

2013 Pop up Art Bar, North Melbourne

2013 ANL Maritime Art Prize

2012 Metro Award Exhibition

2012 Art Felt Exhibition N.S.W.

2012 Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Prize

2012 Ilhanvale Group Show, Brunswick

2011 Warrnambool Gallery

2011 Brunswick Art Show

2011 Metro Art Award

2009 BROPHY House – Creative Design

2009 Metro 5 Award

2008 The Black Dog Project – Book, Logo Design & Art Direction

2006 Swan Hill National Print Award

2006 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2005 Head On Contemporary Portrait Prize, Sydney

2005 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2003 Photography of the South West. Miura, Japan


2017 Flanagan Emerging Art Award – Winner

2016 Shorlisted Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

2014 Cliftons Art Prize Melbourne  – Winner

2014 Cliftons Art Prize Melbourne  – Winner People’s choice award

2011 People’s Choice Award – Warrnambool Gallery Civic Green Art Show

2010 Casama Art Prize, Victorian College of the Arts – Winner

2010 Surfing World Art Award– Finalist

2009 Chemical Brothers ‘Midnight Madness’ Film Clip

2007 ABC Triple J Festival Photography Award – Winner

2007 Josephine Ulrick Portrait Prize – Finalist

2007 BHP Billiton/Corangamite Shire – Small Business Award – Winner

2007 Powercor Great South Coast Regional Business Award – Finalist

2005 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Best Action Photo – Winner

2005 Leica/ Documentary Photography Award – Shortlisted

2003 Cavalier Art & Design Prize, Deakin University


20/20 – 20 En Plein Air Paintings in 20 days, Melbourne


2015-16    3 month Mystic House Residency. Capetown, South Africa.

2015      Telstra Imaginarium Workshop. Sydney, Australia.

2014    3 month Dawson Street Residency. Warrnambool, Australia.


Casama Group, Melbourne

Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Warrnambool

Maryborough Regional Art Gallery, Maryborough

AH & R Schmidt Pty Ltd, Geelong

Otway Exports, Melbourne

Back to Back Theatre, Geelong

Private Collections Australia, America, Holland, Scotland & France

Study for The Tunnel 12.7 x 17.5 cm Oil on Board 2014