Max Lyle - Biography CV

Max with his exhibition at Depot 2 Gallery, Sydney, 2007

'Lyle's work embodies and asserts enduring aesthetic qualities, while subtly acknowledging socio-political and ecological 
realities of our times.' Ian North A M Professor of Visual Arts, Adelaide.

'Max Lyle has never been short of ideas, he has been innovative in his use of materials and processes and always excited 
by moving into a new area of exploration.' Ken Scarlett O A M Melbourne. .
Author of numerous books and articles about Australian Sculpture.


Biographical Notes

Born 1935
1958 Diploma of Art (Sculpture) RMIT Melbourne.
1959 Trained Technical Teachers Certificate

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Eastgate & Holst Gallery Melbourne - Max Lyle Sculpture Survey 1961 to 2009
2014 Hill-Smith Gallery Adelaide - Max Lyle Sculpture Survey 1961 to 2014
2007 Depot 2 Gallery Sydney
2004 Cube Contemporary Gallery Adelaide
2003 Span Gallery Melbourne
2002 Depot Gallery Sydney
2001 Coriole Winery Music Festival
2000 Greenaway Art Gallery Adelaide
1993 Greenaway Art Gallery Adelaide
1981 Victorian College of the Arts Gallery Melbourne
Artist in Residence exhibition
1972 Dalhousie University Art Gallery
Nova Scotia Canada
1970 Bonython Art Gallery Adelaide
1967 Bonython Art Gallery Sydney
1965 Bonython Art Galley Adelaide
1963 Bonython Art Gallery Adelaide
1962 Museum of Modern Art of Australia Melbourne

Group Exhibitions (recent)

2010 Deakin University Small Sculpture Award Selected Exhibitor
2010 Palmer Sculpture Biennial outdoor exhibition
Adelaide Festival of Arts 
2010 Heysen Sculpture Biennial outdoor exhibition "The Cedars" Hahndorf - Adelaide Festival Fringe 
2008 Wilson Street Gallery Sydney "Abstraction" exhibition
2008 Palmer Sculpture Biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition
BMG Art Gallery presentation Adelaide Festival Fringe
2008 "Homage to Nature" Heysen Sculpture Biennial outdoor sculpture "The Cedars" Hahndorf- Adelaide Festival Fringe 
2007 Miniature Sculpture Exhibition
Defiance Gallery Sydney
2006 Miniature Sculpture Exhibition
Defiance Gallery Sydney
2006 Royal S.A. Society of Arts Adelaide "S.A. Icons Exhibition"
2006 Royal S.A. Society of Arts Adelaide 150th Anniversary 
Exhibition (First prize "Nidus 2")
2003 BMG Art Gallery Adelaide 'Less is more' Sculpture Exhibition
2002 Central Goldfields Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Maryborough Victoria
1999 "We are Australian" Art Exhibition
George Adams Gallery Victorian Arts Centre Melbourne
1998 "Heavy Metal" Travelling Exhibition South Australia

Commissioned Architectural Sculpture

2011 'Four Freedoms', bamboo
Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta, 10 metres high.
1999 "Bamboo Installation"
Indonesian Art Institute, Yogyakarta Indonesia, 8 metres high
1993 Development Bank of Singapore
Tower 1, Republic of Singapore
Aluminium/copper wall sculpture "Harvest Celebration" 4.5 x4.5metres 
1988 Mount Gambier Civic Centre South Australia
Two wind impelled metal sculptures entitled 
"Performance" each 8.5 metres high
1982 Littlehampton School South Australia
Wall Sculpture steel and bricks 3.5 metres high
1979 Broken Hill Civic Centre N.S.W. 
"Jamieson's Shaft Sculpture" 7.6 metres high Stainless steel
1973 Adelaide Festival Theatre Foyer
"Environmental Sculpture" 9 metres long
1967 Deakin University, Melbourne
"Fountain" Copper ,Aluminium, & Glass 276 cms high.

Awards and Grants

2013 First Prize, Friends of S.A.School of Art '20 x 20' Miniature Art Works 
Exhibition, Prospect Gallery
2006 First Prize Royal S.A. Society of Arts 150th Anniversary Exhibition ("Nidus 2" welded bronze)
2000 Consultancy for South Australian Government
Arts S.A. Department 
1981 Artist in Residence Victorian College of the Arts
1978 Whyalla Sculpture Prize
1976 Visual Arts Board Australia Council grant.
1954 Aubrey Gibson prize Victorian Sculptors' Society

Representation in Art Collections

National Gallery of Australia Canberra University of Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia University of Adelaide
Mildura Arts Centre Victoria Victorian College of the Arts
Geelong Art Gallery Victoria Viscount Strathallan Scotland U.K.
Kym Bonython Adelaide Deakin University
Development Bank of Singapore RMIT University
Private collections in Australia and overseas


2014 Neylon,John, December edition Adelaide Review - Monograph, 'Max Lyle:Journeys with Sculpture' 
2012 Lyle,Max - Catalogue essay for "Sculpt 11",2011 Fleurieu Sculpture
Invitational exhibition
2011 Neylon,John 'Life on Earth' 'Voyager Max Lyle' The Adelaide Review May,page 38.
2006 The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art
2004 National Library of Australia, Canberra.Max Lyle interview for Oral History Program.
Interviewer Rob Linn,6/8written transcript & disk.
2004 Dutkiewicz Adam, Article, Adelaide Advertiser. 12/3
2004 Neylon.John 'Max Lyle' essay, Catalogue Cube Contemporary Art Gallery, Adelaide.
2000 Catalogue "We are Australian" Exhibition
1999 Adelaide Advertiser Review "Big Symbols"6/9
1999 Hasani, Asip.A.Jakarta Post Review "Sculptor explores the spirit of emancipation" Jakata Post 12/8
1999 Hendry, Shaw, Essay, "Heavy Metal" Exhibition Catalogue S.A. Touring Exhibition Program.
1981 Kelly,William.J Article: Max Lyle Sculpture Exhibition Catalogue
Victorian College of the Arts Gallery Melbourne 16/9.
1980 Scarlett,Ken "Australian Sculptors" published by Thomas Nelson. Pages 387 to 391
1970 Hutchison, Noel.S, 'Australian Sculpture in the1960s' Periodical: 'Other Voices'Vol.1 no.3 October/December.
1968 Baily,John 'Two New sculptures' National Gallery of South Australia 'Bulletin' January.

Academic Appointments

Lecturing positions held at Colleges and Universities in Melbourne, Geelong Victoria and 
Adelaide South Australia from 1957 to 1996. 
Retired as Associate Professor, Head of the South Australian School of Art, 
University of South Australia, Adelaide, December 1996.