Bruce Earles

Bruce Earles

Bruce Earles takes an iconic birds-eye view of the idiosyncratic nature of human movement and settlement in urban spaces. His works celebrate the idea of urban life, at the same time they describe it in an existential sense and the isolation of the individual. His investigations commonly eventuate into bold statements demanding viewer interaction.

His works are suggestive in nature, rather than descriptive, and focus on such themes as human alienation, anonymity, cultural misplacement and place-being. They maintain a sociological significance by portraying such urban issues as human conditions, community interconnectivity and the cultural dimensions of place.

Bruce’s naïve and recognisable painting style was defined in the early 1980’s as a highly influential member of Melbourne’s ‘Roar’ collective, where he worked alongside artists such as David Larwill, Pasquale Giardino and Sarah Faulkner. The ‘Roar’ collective set out to have a significant impact on the Australian art scene and works by Bruce Earles and other Roar Studios artists are still highly sought after and collected today.

For over 30 years Bruce has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas including Tokyo, New York, London. By winning the prestigious New York Pollock Krasner Award, Dr Earles continues to be one of Australia’s most exciting and collectable artists.


2002 Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Western Sydney

1998 Master of Arts (Honours), University of Western Sydney

1996 Master of Educational Studies, Monash University

1989 Graduate Diploma in Special Education, Melbourne University

1979 Graduate Diploma in Art Education, Monash University

1973 Diploma of Teaching, Monash University


2001 Research Grants, University of Western Sydney

2000 Pollock Krasner Award, Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York

1999 Artist in Residence, St Vincent’s Hospital,



2013 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide 

2012 Trevor Victor Harvey Sydney 

2012 LK Contemporary, Perth

2012 Soho Gallery, Sydney

2011 Soho Gallery, Sydney

2011 LK Contemporary, Perth

2010 LK Contemporary, Perth

2009 Trevor Victor Harvey Sydney

2009 Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth

2008 Schuberts Contemporary Gold Coast

2008 Art Images Adelaide

2008 Trevor Victor Harvey Sydney

2008 Artistry Galleries Melbourne

2008 Linton and Kay Contemporary, Perth

2007 Ho Gallery, Melbourne 

2007 House of Phillips Fine Art, Sydney

2007 Paul Gullotti Gallery, Perth Art Images Gallery, Adelaide

2006 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide

2006 Paul Gullotti Gallery, Perth Art Images Gallery, Adelaide

2005 Goya Galleries, Melbourne

2005 Qdos Gallery, Lorne

1999 Maling Gallery Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

1992 Ten Years After, Roar Studios, Melbourne

1991 Maska Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle

1987 Emerging Collector, East Village, New York

1985-1986 Gallery 212, Waseda, Tokyo

1983-1986 Roar Studios, Melbourne

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