Michael Bullock was born in Perth, Western Australia and lives in West Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He is currently a Phd Candidate and Teaching Associate at MADA.
Michael has held solo exhibitions at many venues including Five Walls Gallery, One Shanthiroad, Bangalore, the Fremantle Arts Centre, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (2012), Kings ARI and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Gallery 4A, Sydney and the Australian Embassy, Ha Noi, Vietnam (2001). Michael has participated in group exhibitions and projects in Australia and internationally, including Spaced 2: Future Recall Perth Museum as part of PIAF (2015), a window until the rains come (albb open studio program), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2010), the Boryeoung International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Boryeoung, South Korea, (2006), The Fourth International Sculpture Symposium, An Giang, Vietnam, (2003) and The Third International Sculpture Symposium, Hue, Vietnam, (2002).
In 2013 he was artist in resident at one shanthiroad: Bangalore, India as part of the IASKA Spaced: Art out of Place/ Asialink reciprocal residency program. He was awarded a studio residency in Ha Noi, Vietnam as part of the Asialink Visual Arts Residency Program. He has received New Work and Skills and Arts Development grants from both the Australia Council and Arts Victoria and is a recipient of many prizes including The Monash University Rolco Award (2005) and The Alliance Francaise Art Award (2003) and his work is in the collection of Artbank and the Curtin University Artworks Collection.
Michael Bullock is a Melbourne-based artist working primarily in sculpture and painting. His practice draws upon time he has spent in Asia, his interest in the passage of people, culture and religion throughout this region, and its epochs of ancient culture, colonialism, modernity and post-colonial life.
Michael’s practice uses traditional sculptural processes, the formed, the modeled, the cast and the carved and is applied to different material languages in paper, wood, metal, bronze, plaster and stone. Recent artistic research has focused on the cultural history, memory and meaning embedded in sculpture, particularly religious and monumental sculpture and how the images of these objects are circulated through different media and history to the present day.