|NEIL HOWE was born in 1951 in Melbourne, Australia and now resides in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. He first studied Biology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in 1973 with a triple major in Biochemistry, Zoology and Botany. For a number of years he was employed as a research officer at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Division of Protein Chemistry and later the Neurochemistry Department of Monash University working on Influenza and Muscular Dystrophy research projects. In 1977 Neil Howe left the world of science to study visual art and entered Prahran College of Advanced Education (now Victorian College of the Arts) to study sculpture under John Davis and David Wilson, photography under Athol Shmith and film under Paul Cox. He was awarded a Diploma of Art & Design in 1980 and won the Powell Street Gallery sculpture prize as top sculpture student of that year. While still a student, Howe began to exhibit painting and sculpture in various art competitions like the Corio art prize and the Tina Wentcher Sculpture Prize. Howe is also a self taught musician and owning several early electronic music synthesizers he was invited to join an avant garde music group called The Composers Collective with Ken Guntar, Greg Riddell, and Ash Wednesday. Bringing to the group a visual art perspective, the Composers Collective became "The Collective" and soon began to incorporate performance art into its repertoire with Neil Howe as the artistic director and Greg Riddell as the music director after Ken Guntar moved to Sydney in 1979. From 1978 to 1981 The Collective was very actively producing and presenting new music and performance art events at many academic institutions and art galleries around Victoria. The performances by the Collective were usally live multimedia events incorporating elements of new music composition directed by Greg Riddell, theatre incorporating the main members of the Collective and occasional guest performers, experimental film and early video art created by Neil Howe, with Howe directing the overall performance aesthetic. After 1982 the main members of the group, Neil Howe, music composer Greg Riddell, and poet/percusionist Ian McBryde, formed a contemporary music group called The Dance and started performing at popular pub and nightclub venues around Melbourne. In 1982 Howe was invited to exhibit some early video art pieces, used in these performance events, at the Rosslyn Oxely 9 Gallery in Sydney and later after buying his first Amiga computer, began to create early video and computer art regularly exhibiting these in video and fringe arts festivals in Australia. At about this time the Collective ceased performing but the principle members maintain the core idea of the collective and sometimes come together to work on a joint project. In the spirit of the Collective, Howe often collaborates with artist friends Kevin Mortensen and Stelarc adding the element of sound or video to their work. Through the late 80's and early 90's Neil Howe worked as a video editor in broadcast television, first in news then the popular drama program 'Round the Twist' and finally with a national daily current affairs program. After working all through the first Gulf War he left television and travelled extensively throughout Europe and USA. Through the 90's Howe continued to work with computers and video technology and with the development of high resolution digital cameras was able to develop the "Bodyscape" series of images first exhibited in March 2000.
Since 2000 Neil Howe has regularly exhibited digital Giclee prints and video art in art galleries, museums and film festivals around the world. He is represented by several art galleries and has work in public collections in Australia, UK and Turkey. His more recent work "When I Grow Up" 2010 has won a Metropolis Award at the Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual Art (MADATAC) in Spain, and multiple awards at the Blue Banana International Video Art Festival, Landau, Germany in 2011.
1978 Mildura Sculpture Triennial, student section. click for photo
1978 Co-formed the performance art group The Collective.
1979 Performance event, "More Mediocre Melodies", Preston Performance Festival, Pitspace Gallery, Bundoora. click for photo
1979-80 Performance events by The Collective at Melba Hall, Melbourne University, Latrobe University, RMIT Arts Festival, RMIT Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Caulfield Institute of Technology, Caf'e Theodore, Sydney, plus five commissioned outdoor performances for the Moomba Festival, Melbourne presented in collaboration with 'Community Celebrations'. click for photo 1. click for photo 2.
1979 Tina Wentcher Sculpture Exhibition, AMP Centre, Melbourne. click for photo
1980 "Prahran Sculptors", Adrian Brandt Gallery, Melbourne. click for photo.
1981 First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne. click for photo.
1981 Performance event "Ego is an Arty Word", Niagra Gallery, Melbourne.
1981 Performance event, "Diallage of a Documenting Doctrinaire", RMIT Performance Festival, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. click for photo.
1981 "Untitled", sculpture exhibition, McCormack Gallery, Melbourne. click for photo.
1982 Video exhibition, Rosslyn Oxely 9 Gallery, Sydney.
1983 Performance event, "Ern Malley is on the Dole", Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival. click for photo.
1985 "Sculpture 85", group sculpture exhibition, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
1985 Video exhibition, Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival.
1985 Solo painting exhibition, Mills Street Gallery, Melbourne. click for photo.
1985 Mornington Penninsula sculpture exhibition, Mornington.
1986 Sculpture exhibition, St Kilda Arts Festival, Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne.
1986 Created sound environment for "Kinetic Sunrise", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Alexander Theatre, Monash University.
1986 Video exhibition, Adelaide Fringe Arts Festival, Adelaide.
1987 Created sound environment for a multimedia theatre event by Peter Summerfield and Kevin Mortensen, "Why People Go to Traffic Acidents", Theatreworks, St Kilda.
1988 First Australian Video Festival, Sydney.
1989 Second Australian Video Festival, Sydney.
1991 Travelled extensively around Europe and the USA
1994 Sound environment and videography for performance by Kevin Mortensen, Geelong wetlands.
1998 Sound environment and videography for"Display of the Bird King", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Lake Burley Griffon, Canberra and exhibition at Canberra School of Art Gallery. click for photo
2000 "Bodyscapes ", solo exhibition of digital images, the Photographers Gallery, Sth Yarra.
2000 Sound environment and videography of "Limnophilous Longirostral", performance by Kevin Mortensen, Noosa, Qld. Exhibition of digital images and sound installation, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Tewantan, Qld. click for photo
2002 "Pixxelpoint", international group exhibition of digital art, Metna Gallery, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. click for photo
2002 Internation group exhibition of digital art, Foundation Fita, Catalonia, Spain
2003 "Bodyscapes II", solo exhibition of digital images, the Photographers Gallery, Sth Yarra. click for photo
2003 "Bid for Freedom", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 "Postcards", group exhibition, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 "Bid for Freedom 2", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 "Memorial for the Victims of Terror", group web exhibition, New York, USA.
2004 "Diesel-New-Art", group web exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2004 Group exhibition, Kinross House Art Centre, Uniting Arts Toorak, Melbourne.
2004 Group web exhibition, Third Place Gallery, Sweden.
2005 "Bid for Freedom 3", group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 "Diesel-New-Art", group web exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2005 "D'art", group exhibition, 5th International Convention of Information Visualization, Greenwich, London
2005 "Bodyscapes III", solo exhibition, Uniting Arts Toorak, Melbourne.
2005 Prix Ars Electronica, CyberArts 2005, group exhibition, Linz, Austria.
2005 "Artists Against Sedition Laws Exhibition", Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney
2006 "Heart of Australia", group exhibition, Adelaide Festival Art Gallery, Adelaide.
2006 "Bodyscapes Survey 2002-2006", solo exhibition, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne.
2006 "Thirteen - Portrait of a Teenager", solo exhibition & booklaunch, Uniting Arts Toorak, Melbourne.
2006 Prix Ars Electronica, CyberArts 2006, group exhibition, Linz, Austria.
2006 GreenPeace- 'Changing Nature', group exhibition, Gallery at Darling Park, Sydney.
2006 'Genesis', Rooftop Film Festival, New York, USA
2007 'Technoart', group exhibition, Lapart Wallspace Gallery, Brisbane.
2007 Piemonte Share Festival, group IT exhibition, Torino, Italy
2007 'Global Warming Show, group exhibition, Assylum Gallery, Sacramento, USA
2007 'International Postcard Show', group exhibition, Circa Magazine, Dublin, Ireland.
2007 'Snap to the Grid', group exhibition, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA
2007 'Digital Fringe', group web exhibition, Fringe Arts Festival, Melbourne.
2007 Video Art Festival, group exhibition with Kevin Mortensen, City of Dandenong.
2008 'Magmart International Videoart Festival', Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy
2008 Who Let the Dogs Out, touring group exhibition with Kevin Mortensen, Lake Maquarie City Art
2008 "Project A", Digital Media Street Festival, Gertrude Association, Melbourne.
2008 'Bid 4 Freedom', group exhibition, Glen Eira City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 'Weep Leviathan', group exhibition, Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 'Arte Bogota 08', group exhibition, Bogota, Columbia
2008 'RuMAD'. group exhibition, Kingston City Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 'FocFest', Freedom of Choice touring international videoart group exhibition, ; Fábrica do Braço de Prata , Lisbon. Portugal;
2008 'Human Emotion Project', touring international group exhibition, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 ' Human Emotion Project', touring international group exhibition, Garden of the Ceramic Museum, Caldas-da-Rainha, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 ' FocFest Survey', selection of work from the international Freedom of Choice Festival (FocFest) broadcast repeatedly on Transfera TV, Madrid Spain.
2009 'Ern Malley. The Hoax and Beyond'. group exhibition, Heide Museum of Modern Art, NGV, Melbourne.
2009 'Art For Peace International Art Action', Dolmabahce Art Gallery and Fotografevi (Istanbul Photography Centre), Istanbul, Turkey.
2010 'HEP Poland', Parakino, CSW, Gdansk, Poland.
2010 'AusThetic', group video art exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne
2010 ' ArtFelt', group exhibition, Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery, Ballina
2010 'HEP Paris, international group exhibition, Galerie Younique, Paris, France.
2010 'Program 45 international video art broadcast on Transfera TV, Madrid, Spain.
2010 'HEP Iran', international group exhibition, Mohsen Art Gallery and Sazmanab project, Tehran, Iran.
2010 'Shapes of Peace', international group exhibition, W-AFPIAAP, Peace Week, Sarajevo, Boznia-Herzegovina.
2010 Nimbin Film Festival, Australia.
2010 Istanbul Art Fair, Yuyap Exhibition & Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey.
2010 MADATAC Metropolis Awards, broadcast on TVE2 National Spanish TV and the International Channel, Madrid, Spain.
2011 'Time is Love 4', international touring exhibition curated by Kisito Assangi, Centro Contemporanea d'Arte Ticino, Switzerland.
2011 'Time is Love 4', curated group exhibition, Hexagon Space, Baltimore, USA
2011 Time is Love 4, international curated exhibition, Sint-Lukas University Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.
2011 D-Art, international group exhibition, 15th International Conference of Information Visualization & Computer Graphics, Brunei Gallery , London University, UK.
2011 Group exhibition, The Channon Gallery, NSW
2011 'Mirror,Mirror' international curated exhibition, Bittes Gallery, Ribe, Denmark.
2011 'Hello', group exhibition, Art For Peace Interaction Space, Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 Blue Banana International Video Art Festival, Landau, Bavaria, Germany.
2011 'Chain Letter', international curated exhibition, Samson Gallery, Boston, USA. Part of a worldwide simultaneous exhibition of admired artists in Los Angeles, Zurich, Berlin, Boston, London, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Johannesburg and Seol.
2011 Art For Peace Balkans Action, touring group exhibition, Istanbul, Sofia, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Montengro, Belgrade.
2011 Art For Peace, group exhibition, Herastrau Art Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2011 Time is Love 4, curated group exhibition, Bildentage Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2012 Byron Bay International Film Festival, nominated for Best Byron Film, Australia.
2012 HEP Mexico, curated international video art exhibition, 2* Bataclan InterNacional, Cine Cuidadela, Mexico City
2012 Best of Blue Banana Video Festival, Kastenhof Museum, Landau, Bavaria
2013 Time is Love 6, curated international video art exhibition, Mori + Stein Gallery, London
2013 Time is Love 6, curated international video art exhibition, Sazmanab Project, Tehran, Iran
2013 Tea in a Thunder Cup, Peanut Underground Art Gallery, New York, USA during the Armory Show.
2013 Tea in a Thunder Cup, Cinema X, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
2013 "Art For Peace International Art Action," touring group exhibition, New Delhi and Alwar City Exhibition Hall, India.
2013 NordArt 2013, international art exhibition, Kunstwerk- Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany.
2013 Fonlad, international video art exhibition, HEP 9th edition Festival deArtes Digitais, Espaco de Artes Multimedia e Performanmce, Coimbra, Portugal.
2013 Time is Love 6, international curated video art exhibition, International Nomadic Performance Festival, Foundation 3,14, Bergen, Norway.
2013 Facade Video Festival, Art of Today Association, Centre for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2013 A Book About Death-Australia, Tweed River Art Gallery, Australia
2013 Blue Banana Video Festival, international group exhibition, Kult Kino, Landau, Bavaria
2013 A Photo From Oz, group exhibition, Bucharest, Romania
1981 'Performance Then & Now', ART NETWORK, issue 3 & 4.
1983 'Live Art', ed Jane Kent & Anne Marsh.
1984 'Sculpture Park: A Proposal', Sybylla Press, Australia Council for the Arts.
1993 'Body & Self', by Anne Marsh, Oxford University Press.
2004 'Rayograph', Man Ray special issue, July 2004, UQ Vanguard.
2005 Preview, Melbourne Times and Heidelberg Weekly, Fairfax press July, 2005.
2006 Preview, Melbourne Times and Heidelberg Weekly, Fairfax Press. July 2006.
2006 Preview, Manningham Leader, July 2006.
2006 'Thirteen - Portrait of a Teenager', by Neil Howe, Inklink Press.
2009 'Ern Malley. The Hoax and Beyond', by David Rainey, Heide Museum of Modern Art.
2009 'HEP Portugal', Moment eMagazine, May issue.
2009 'Idiosynchronism' by Nic Costa, Arteri magazine, Nov issue.
1980 Powell Street Gallery Sculpture Prize
1981 Australia Council for the Arts research grant.
1984 Australia Council for the Arts publishing grant.
2009 Janet Holmes a'Court Artist Grant, NAVA.
2010 Metropolis Award, Madrid Festival of Contemporary Audio Visual Art (Madatac), Spain
2011 Audience Award and 2nd Place, Blue Banana International Video Art Festival, Landau, Bavaria
2012 Nominated for Best Byron Film, Byron Bay International Film Festival
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Australia.
Numerous private collections in Australia, USA, RSA, South America and Europe.
National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.
State Library of Victoria
National Library of Australia
Queensland State Library.
University of South Australia Library.
Library in London, UK.