born 1968 Wynyard, Tasmania
lives and works Hobart

The Same As It Never Was is a body of work developed in response to images realized by drawing or collaborating with a photocopier - a device whose characteristics I have utilized in various ways for some time. Particular to this work is the circumstance of how the images came about, as a consequence of mechanical failure. With only a black sheet of paper under the hood, two unexpected accidents, the first being developer exhaustion, and the second a drum-blade malfunction, produced strange and unexpected patterns. A subversion of the photocopiers standard function to copy or reproduce a provided document or picture. It was never built to create its own imagery.

The accidental generation of something from nothing mirrors our own ontological circumstance, how did we, or more significantly the universe originate and is there meaning to our existence? A grand proposition for a humble, arcane and obsolete black and white analogue photocopier. The proceeding artworks examine the perception of actuality more closely as the photocopy accidents are rendered in different ways across a variety of mediums. The movement of one’s body in relation to the work creates an illusion of sensory motion. This is apparent in a juxtaposition of seriality and stop-motion animation, the former requiring the movement of one’s eyes across multiple still panels and the latter instead requiring body stillness whilst the work appears to move.

Rendering in clear silicon, gloss/matte surface contrast and iridescent pigment also facilitates a different kind of movement - between something and nothing - through appearance and disappearance. What is there one moment may be gone the next. A peculiar transformation considering the origin of the photocopy image, from failure or technological malfunction, out of nowhere, something from nothing or is it nothing from something…?

David Hawley
October 2015



2014-current Doctor of Philosophy candidate, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart
2003 Master of Fine Art (research), University of Tasmania, Hobart
1991 Graduate Diploma in Art and Design, Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1989 Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art, Tasmanian State Institute of Technology, Launceston

Solo Exhibitions

2015 The Same As It Never Was, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart
Annual Artists Show
Colville Gallery, Hobart
2013 Ghost World, Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Remote Control, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie and 146 ARTSpace, Hobart
2010 Dark blue almost black, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
Double Exposure, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2007-08 Something Else, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart and Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Timing, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Space Travel, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Zoom, Inflight, Hobart
2003 Equilibrium, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
Reinterpreting Pattern and Decoration (MFA submission), Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2002 Plumage, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Trance, La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Panoramic Paintings, Hellyer College Artspace,Burnie
1997 Excavations and Mind Moments, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie Internalised Structures, Newstead College Gallery, Launceston
1996 Physical Abstraction, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
Craftworks, Hellyer College Artspace, Burnie
1995 Subjective Spaces, Hellyer College Artspace, Burnie
Small Pictures, Serpentine Gallery, Cooee
1989 Paintings by David Hawley, Cockatoo Gallery, Launceston

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 A small show of imperfect paintings, Trocadero, Footscray
2015 Exquisite, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart
Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
At Salon 2, Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne
Annual Artists Show Coville Gallery, Hobart
CAT Members Show
2014 At Salon 1, Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne
Tidal, City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Art Gallery
2013 Critical Operations     , Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Double Agency, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
2012 Tidal, City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Art Gallery
2011 Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Register, S.P.A.C.E Gallery, Launceston
Things We Denote To Keep, Sawtooth, Launceston
2010 Zero, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
Group Action 7, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2009 Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Brink, Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
Test, 146 AARTSpace, Hobart
2008 Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Tidal, City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Art Gallery
Untitled, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
2007 Island to Island, Academy Gallery, Launceston, University Sains Malaysia, Penang and University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, Honolulu          
Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Shine, Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
2006 Contingency Plan, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart
Transport, Long Gallery, Hobart, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Design Centre Launceston
City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Arts and Minds,Delmar Gallery, Sydney
Tidal, City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Art Gallery
2005 Exhibitionists, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, regional touring exhibition
Rhapsody 21C; Tasmanian Contemporary Art, Academy Gallery, Launceston
Island Art Prize, Stanley
Veneer, Poimena Art Award, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
Art for Science, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Painting the Home, Inflight Gallery, Hobart
Country Club Resort Royal Launceston Show Art Prize, Academy Gallery, Launceston
Looming Large, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
IXL Summer Salon, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2002 Pattern as Subject, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart
The Hutchins Prize For Works on Paper, The Long Gallery, Hobart
Launceston School of Art Alumni Exhibition, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2001 Half Way There, recent works by current postgraduate students at The University of Tasmania School of Art, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart 
Microcosm, University of Tasmania, Burnie, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Wyndham City Contemporary Art Award, Melbourne The Hutchins Prize For Works on Paper, The Long Gallery, Hobart
2000 The Hutchins Prize For Works on Paper, The Long Gallery, Hobart
1998 Burnie Painters, The Long Gallery, Hobart
G4, Painters in Progress, University of Tasmania, Burnie
1995 In a Practical Sense, The Long Gallery, Hobart
1990 Philip Institute of Technology Post Graduate Exhibition,ROAR 2 Gallery, Melbourne
New Work New Artists, Gallery Cimitiere, Launceston

Grants, Awards, Commissions And Professional Development

2014 Contemporary Art Tasmania Detached Shotgun Recipient
Arts Tasmania Project Grant
Australian Postgraduate Award
2012 Arts Tasmania Project Grant
2010 Arts Tasmania Project Grant
2009 NAVA Visual and Craft Artists’ Grant
2006 Arts Tasmania Project Grant
2005 Highly Commended, Poimena Art Award, Launceston
2004 NAVA Visual and Craft Artists’ Grant
Arts Tasmania Project Grant
2002 Australian Postgraduate Award
2001 Painting Commission, Humanities Building, University of Tasmania, Launceston
2000 Burnie City Council Financial Assistance Grant
1998 Arts Tasmania Project Grant
1997 Royal Sun Alliance Award for Highly Commended, Trust Bank Art Award, Launceston
1996 Arts Tasmania Project Grant


Devonport Art Gallery 
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
University of Tasmania, Launceston
Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Newstead College
Wynyard High School
Private collections in Australia and Canada