Shaun Gladwell

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Shaun Gladwell
Born 1972
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Nationality Australia Australian
Education Sydney College of the Arts, UNSW College of Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College
Known for Video art, Sculpture, Photography
Notable work Storm Sequence, Apologies 1-6, Interceptor surf Sequence, Apologies 1-6, The Turning (film)

Shaun Gladwell (born 1972) is an Australian contemporary artist who works in video, film, painting, photography, sculpture/installation, performance/choreography and text.

Early life[edit]

The artist was born in Sydney in 1972 and graduated from Sydney University's Sydney College of the Arts. He graduated with a master's degree from the University of New South Wales' College of Fine Arts and untertook associate research at Goldsmiths College, London (2001-2)


Gladwell is primarily digital artist, who skillfully combines past and present in a street manner. In art historical terms, his embodiment of physical and aesthetic risk aligns him to artists who combine sport and art.

Gladwell describes his video art as "performance landscapes", and whether they are set in rural or urban settings, they usually present a juxtaposition of the visual against the environment where it exists. He often uses filmic devices such as slow-motion and long pans to capture both tightly choreographed and improvised performances. The resulting works are surprisingly hypnotic and beautifully poetic, due to their distortion of speed, reversed gravity or overall displacement of space and time. One such piece from 2000 called "Storm Sequence" auctioned for $84,000 in 2007[1] setting an Australian record for video art[2] and is in the collection of the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art.[3]

Gladwell exhibited his work in the Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009.

The best examples of his video art sequences, as well as newly commissioned pieces, were presented at an exhibition located at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, in Melbourne's Federation Square, from June 1 to August 14, 2011.

He was a finalist of the 2015 Archibald Prize.

Gladwell has been exhibiting throughout Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe.

Gladwell's solo exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill), Cycles of Radical Will, is his largest in the UK to date. It features Mini Ramp Intersection (2013), two usable mini ramps positioned in a cross formation. It also features Triumph Daytona Intersection (2013), a British-designed Triumph sports motorcycle meticulously lodged to a wall.

Personal life[edit]

Gladwell is based in Sydney and London


  1. ^ "Buyer pays $84,000 for skateboarding video". Australian Broadcasting Commission. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Fulton, Adam. "Coming to a wall near you - video artwork is really moving". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sean Gladwell Storm Sequence 2000". Artists & Works. Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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