Josh Foley, (B. 1983) holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Hons) from the University of Tasmania. He has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and has received prestigious awards, grants and residencies. His work is held in many public and private collections throughout Australia and the U.S.A., notably, in the collections of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, MONA, Tasmanian Government, Macquarie Bank, ArtBank & University of Tasmania.
In 2011 Josh won The John Glover Prize which was then the richest landscape prize in Australia. Winning this award at the age of 27 Josh remains the youngest person to achieve this. Anthony Bond OAM, speaking in 2011, then Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and head judge of the Glover prize 2011, said of Josh’s work; it’s “…talking about the whole history of the conventions of western painting.”
Selected recent residencies include the late Arthur Boyd's property Bundanon, Illaroo, New South Wales (2016); Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2015). Recent commissions include, TAS Library Archive, Hobart, TAS Govt. (2022); Vice-Chancellor portrait commission (Professor Daryl Le Grew), University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2020); Tasmanian Government Artsite Scheme, Taroona High School, Taroona (2016); Tasmanian Government Artsite Scheme, Latrobe Primary School, Latrobe (2016).
Recent solo exhibitions include Hyper at Despard Gallery, Hobart (2023); After Image at Metro Gallery, Armadale, VIC (2022); The Spectre of Volatile Appearances at Despard Gallery, Hobart (2021); New Percepts at Despard Gallery, Hobart (2020); Calculating Infinity at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston (MONA FOMA program) (2020); The Disrupted Gaze at Despard Gallery, Hobart (2017); Blue Lines at MOP Projects: Hosted by Galerie pompom, Sydney (2015);
Parametric Painting Institute at Gallerysmith Project Space, North Melbourne (2015);
Transference at Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport (2014); Caffeine as part of PAINTFACE Curated by Polly Dance at Constance ARI, Hobart (2014); The Parataxic Sublime at Kings ARI, Melbourne (2013).
Recent group exhibitions include New Acquisitions, ArtBank, Collingwood, (2021); Linden Postcard 30th Anniversary winners show, Curated by Juliette Hanson, Linden New Art, St. Kilda, Victoria (2020); The McGivern Prize: Finalist Exhibition at Maroondah Art Gallery, Victoria (2019); Tattersall’s Art Prize (Invitation Prize), Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane, Queensland (2018); Speed, Curated by Malcom Bywaters, as part of MONA FOMA, Academy Gallery, UTAS, Launceston, Tasmania (2018); Seven, Curated by Paul Eggins, part of MONA FOMA at Sawtooth Gallery, Launceston (2018); Despard Gallery at Sydney Contemporary, Sydney (2017); EMSLA: Finalist Exhibition, Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong, New South Wales (2017); The Black Swan Prize: Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2016); The John Leslie Prize: Finalist Exhibition, Gippsland Art Gallery, Gippsland (2016); Museum of Doubt, Curated By Dr Peter Hill at Despard Gallery, Hobart (2016); Exhaust, Curated By Erin Sickler, part of MONA FOMA at Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart (2016).