Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

Solo Exhibitions
: 2003, 2005
, 2008
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Born: 1971, Laos. Arrived in Australia 1979. Lives and works in Canberra



B.A. Visual Arts. UWS Nepean, Sydney.


M.A. Visual Arts. UNSW College of Fine Arts, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2008 “Re-enchantment”, Martin Browne Fine Art At, Sydney


“Incantation”, Martin Browne Fine Art At The Yellow House, Sydney


“A Certain Distance”, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne


Martin Browne Fine Art At The Yellow House, Sydney
“bindi dot tartan zen” Niagara Galleries, Melbourne


Niagara Galleries, Melbourne


King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney


King Street Gallery, Sydney


“Holy Threads - Lao Tradition and Inspiration”, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney (exhibited with Lao textiles from 19th & 20th century).


“Tradition and Interpretation”, King Street Gallery, Sydney


King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney.


King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions


Biennale of Sydney “Zones of Contact”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.   
“The Tallis Foundation 2006 National Works on Paper”, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria.
“Crossing Paths II”, Martin Browne Fine Art at the Yellow House, Sydney.           


“:Echoes of Home: memory and mobility in recent astral-asian art”, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland (touring interstate galleries).
“This & Other Worlds: Contemporary Australian Drawing”, National Gallery of Victoria,


“Crossing paths” (with Ildiko Kovacs and Roy Jackson), Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney


“Four”, The Holmes à Court Gallery, Western Australia.


“Isle of Refuge” Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney (touring interstate galleries)


NGA Lift project 2, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.


“Indecorous Abstractions: contemporary women painters”, New Contemporaries, Sydney


FUSION exhibition 4#, “Abstractions” Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University,


“Indecorous Abstractions: contemporary women painters”, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide


Royal Overseas League Scholars exhibition, ROSL House gallery, London, UK


“Uncommon Worlds: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art”, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Sceggs Redlands Westpac art prize 2000 exhibition, Mosman Art gallery, Sydney


“The Return of Beauty”, The Jam Factory, Adelaide (touring Object Galleries, Sydney)


Focus #6, “Gang of 4” (with Symrin Gill, Lindy Lee and Phaptawan Suwannakudt), Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne.


“Gang of 4”, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney


“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, Project Centre for Contemporary Art, Wollongong (touring Hazelhurst Art gallery, Sydney, Penrith Regional Art Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Sydney, Gallery 4A, Sydney, Hastings Art gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW)


“The Rose Crossing”, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Queensland (touring Hong Kong Arts Centre, Singapore Art Museum, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney)


“Contemporary”, University of Technology Gallery, Sydney


“Cinderella’s Gems - Art and the Intellectual Mission” (touring regional galleries in NSW & QLD).


“Bright and Shining”, Gallery 4A, Sydney


Moët et Chandon, Art Gallery of NSW (touring state galleries in Australia)


“Transit”, Art Gallery of NSW


“Ways of Being”, Ivan Dougherty Gallery UNSW, (touring regional galleries NSW and Queensland)


Gallery 4A, Sydney


“Bronze”, Utopia. Art. Sydney, Gallery


Gallery Artists, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney


“Still Life”, Performance Space, Sydney.


“Heirloom”, Monash University Gallery, Part of “Next Wave” Festival, Melbourne


“Spirit and Place - Art in Australia 1861-1996”, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.


“Fresh Art II”, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney


New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship, UNSW College of Fine Art Gallery, Sydney


“Recognizing the Republic”, Michael Nagy Fine Arts Gallery


“Circle, Line, and Square: Aspects of Geometry”, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney (touring Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Albury Regional Art Gallery, New England Regional Art Gallery).


Mary Alice Evatt Art Award, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney


New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship, UNSW College of Fine Art Gallery, Sydney


“Periodic Tables”, The Performance Space, Sydney


“Untitled 92”, The Performance Space, Sydney


“Connection”, Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, NSW.

Awards and Residencies


Artist in Residence, Print Media Workshop, Canberra School of Art, ANU


Australia Council Grant, New Work


Artist in Residence, Painting Workshop, Canberra School of Art, ANU
Australia Council Grant- Tokyo studio residency
Royal Over-Seas League travel scholarship


Sceggs Redlands Westpac Art Prize 2000


Australia Council Grant - New Work.


Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (Youth Encouragement Award)


33rd Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (Open Local and Youth Encouragement Award)


32nd Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (Youth Encouragement Award)


Mary Alice Evatt Art Award


Art Space Studio, Ministry for the Arts


Art Gallery of New South Wales
Queensland Art Gallery
University of Western Sydney, (Nepean), NSW.
Artbank, Australia.

Allen, Allen and Hemsley, Sydney.
Atanaskovic Hartnell, Sydney
Westfarmers collection

University of Western Sydney, (Macarthur), NSW
Holmes a Court collection

University of Wollongong, NSW
Lady Caruthers Collection, WA

Campbelltown City Art Gallery

Jackson Smith Solicitors, Sydney

Macquarie Bank, Australia

Jim Wolfensohn World Bank

Monash University, Melbourne, Vic

Sceggs Redlands

National Gallery of Australia

Various private collections

National Gallery of Victoria




“Braided Channels”, acrylic on canvas, 140cmx300cm, Macquarie Bank, Australia


“Rice Line” (floor installation), rice, flour, salt, 200cmx200cm, Campbelltown City Art Gallery


McDonald, John, “Revelations in the dark”, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 24-25, 2006 pp 16-17
Ewington, Julie, Biennale of Sydney catalogue essay, 2006, pp 266-267.
Colman, Elizabeth, “Savanhdary Vongpoothorn Artist”, The Weekend Australian, Profile The FACE, Feb 11-12, 2006
Rice, Deborah, “Asian influences, Australian art. Feature on Laotian Australian artist, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn”, Asia Pacific Focus, ABC TV, First Broadcast August 6, 2005.
McDonald, John, “Holey Rituals”, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11-12, 2005.
Creagh, Sunanda, “Warm Recollection of Laos Life”, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 31, 2005.
Ravi, Srilata (En)chanting Canvases “Incantation” catalogue essay, Martin Browne Fine Art At The Yellow House,2005
Vongpoothorn, Savanhdary with Carruthers, Ashley Artist statement “Incantation” catalogue, Martin Browne Fine Art At The Yellow House, Sydney 2005
Vongpoothorn, Savanhdary with Carruthers, Ashley Artist Statement “Echoes of Home” catalogue, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland, 2005

Peterson, Tanya “Liquid Light”, Art and Australia, vol. 40, no. 3, 2003, pp. 426-435.

Barragan, Paco “Savanhdary Vongpoothorn” in El Arte Que Viene [The Art to Come], Madrid: Subastas siglo XXI2002.

Carruthers, Ashley The Art of Savanhdary Vongpoothorn as Metissage “bindi dot tartan zen” catalogue essay, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 2002

Ewington, Julie, University of Technology Art Collection catalogue, Sydney, 2002

Osborne, Margot “Indecorous Abstractions” catalogue, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, 2002

ROSL Arts, Scholars Exhibition Catalogue 2001

Chiu, Melissa “Shifting Frames of Reference: Asian Australian Women Artists”, Text and Subtext: Contemporary Art Asian Women, Singapore: LaSalle-SIA, 2000

Carruthers, Ashley “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, Project - Centre for Contemporary Arts, Wollongong. Object, 2/2000

Mar, Phillip “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” review, ART AsiaPacific, Issue 28, 2000, pp. 93-94.

Hart, Deborah “Savanhdary Vongpoothorn”, Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art catalogue, 2000, p.17.

Fink, Hannah “Savanhdary Vongpoothorn”, in Laura Murray Cree and Neville Drury (eds) Australian Painting Now, Craftsman House, 2000.

“Young Arts - The new generation of Australian prodigies”, The Weekend Australian Review, Jan 1-2, 2000

Hynes, Victoria “Circle of Friends”, the galleries, Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 7 1999

Hynes, Victoria “The Rose Crossing at Brisbane City Gallery”, Exhibition Reviews, Australia Asian Art News Nov/Dec, 1999, pp. 93-94.

Dysart, Dinah “Asian Contemporary Art in Sydney”, Asian Art Features, Jan, 1999, p.18

Coombs, Nicola “The Rose Crossing-Asian Artnotes”, Art Monthly, Australia, Dec 1999 p. 36

Barney, Simon “A Hybrid in Bloom”, The Bulletin, Sep. 7, 1999 p. 103.

“Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists”, Australian Art Collector, Issue 7, January - March, 1999, p.58

“Cinderella’s Gems - Art and the Intellectual Mission”, cat. [preface by Tony Geddes, essay by Belinda Allen], 1999

Fink, Hannah “Rhythmic Air - The Fine Art of Savanhdary Vongpoothorn”, Art Asia Pacific, September 1999.

James, Bruce “City File”, Spectrum Features, Sydney Morning Herald, March 6, 1999, p.2.

Smee, Sebastian “Zen and the Art Of”, The Galleries, Sydney Morning Herald, Mar 2, 1999.

“The Rose Crossing”, catalogue [essays by John Clark and William Wright].

“Ways of Being,” exh cat, Ivan Dougherty (touring exhibition), [intro by Jennifer Hardy, essay by Amanda Weate], 1999

Auty, Giles “Southern Comfort,” Arts, The Weekend Australian, Oct.17-18, 1999 p. 23.

Smee, Sebastian “Hum from Work”, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, November 1999.

Genocchio, Benjamin, “A Relief from Relentless Avant-Gardism”, The Australian, Oct.16, 1999, p.17.

Long, Nina “Savanhdary Vongpoothorn,” Khao Lao Paper, September, 1999, pp.10-11.

“Holy Threads - Lao Tradition and Inspiration,” cat. Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery (introduction by Sioux Garside, essay by Benjamin Genocchio), 1998

Reproduced- “Rain,” from Moet et Chandon, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug.14, p.9

Wardell, Michael “Art in The Age of Lost Innocence,” Moet et Chandon touring, ex cat, 1998.

Johnson, Anna “Give A Little, Get A Lot,” Australian Art Collector, Issue 5, July-Sept, 1998 p. 100.

Genocchio, Benjamin “The Skin of Dreams”, Object, Issue No.2, 1998, pp. 48-49.

Clabburn, Anna “Toast of the under 35s,” The Age, June, 1998.

Smee, Sebastian “In Bead with Kate Fischer,” Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, May, 1997.

Genocchio, Benjamin “Sensuous beads and meditation on a pin,” Business Review Weekly, April 28, 1997, p.140

James, Bruce: “Galleries,” Sydney Morning Herald, April, 1997

Genocchio, Benjamin: “Elizabeth Pulie and Savanhdary Vongpoothorn,” Eyeline, Spring, 1997 p. 34.

James, Bruce “Galleries,” Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 31, 1997, p. 14.

Smee, Sebastian “King on King,” Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, Nov. 15, 1996, p. 23.

King, Natalie, “Heirloom,” catalogue - Monash University Gallery — Next Wave Festival Visual Arts Program, May25 - June29, 1997, prs.6, 10-13,16.

Rooney, Robert “Heirloom, Nostalgic”, The Australian, Jun 7, 1997, p.16

Zimmer, Jenny, “One Place, one time, many spirits,” The Age, Jan. 15, 1997

Waterlow, Nick, “Spirit and Place - Art in Australia 1861 - 1996,” Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996

Fenner, Felicity “Through the Eurocentric Barricades,” Sydney Morning Herald, April 21, 1995, p. 18

Fenner, Felicity “An Antidote to Creeping Craft,” Sydney Morning Herald, Sept. 23, 1994

Garside, Sioux (introduction) & Zimmer, Jenny (critical essay): “Circle, Line and Square, Aspects of geometry,” Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sept. 16- Oct 21, 1994.

Fenner, Felicity “NSW Travelling Arts Scholarship,” Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 5, 1994

Mary Alice Evatt Art Award, catalogue, Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery, 1993

Fenner, Felicity “NESB Label Connections,” Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 24, 1992, p. 24.

Watson, Bronwyn “Decorative Ceiling Gazing Imposes No Lid on Insight,” Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 31, 1992 p.10.

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