DR Stephen Haley

DR Stephen Haley


  • 3D Modelling (Computer Art)
  • Aesthetics (Commentary)
  • Art (Painting)
  • Art History (20th Century)
  • Digital Photography (Printmaking)
  • Painting (Contemporary)
  • Virtual Photography (Photography)
  • Virtual Spaces (Projection)



  • Stephen Haley, School of Art Dr Stephen Haley is a visual artist and a writer. Stephen came relatively late to art having completing a BA in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. There followed a peripatetic period, travelling widely and working in a variety of appalling jobs until 28 years of age. Since then he has completed a BFA (RMIT), a Postgraduate Diploma (Victorian College of the Arts), a Master of Fine Art (Victorian College of the Arts) and a PhD (University of Melbourne). He has been a lecturer and tutor in Visual Art History and Theory as well as Painting Studio at Monash University, RMIT and the Victorian College of the Arts where he has lectured in various capacities since 2000. Stephen also has an extensive writing record, publishing a large number of critical essays, reviews and catalogue essays. Working primarily with painting and digital media, Stephen has produced over 20 solo exhibitions and participated in over 120 curated group exhibitions locally and internationally. His recent work is concerned with Western space - both actual and virtual - and how the actual is increasingly supplanted and preceded by the virtual forms of the digital model. The work regularly employs 3D modelling software to construct paintings, photographs and video works that play on repetition and difference. The iconography is often drawn from the localized landscape of the suburbs and the poetics of the mirror. The mirror as the defining metasign of our age, both as metaphor and defining mechanism, was the subject of his PhD thesis. Stephen's work features in wide number of local and international collections and has won several awards including the Deacon, Graham and James/Arts 21 Residency Award, the ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award, the R M McGivern Acquisitive Prize for Painting, the Australia Council Visual Arts Board studio residency in Los Angeles, the Australia Council Visual Arts Board New Work Grant and an Arts Victoria New Work    


Member of

  • National Association of the Visual Arts. NAVA 2016 -



Selected publications


Investigator on

  • Grant

    • Reverse Photography (Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship)  awarded by CITY OF PORT PHILLIP 2016 - 2017


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2005
  • M.A., Victorian College of the Arts 1995
  • Post. Grad. Dip, Victorian College of the Arts 1993
  • B. F. A., Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1991
  • B. A., University of Melbourne 1985

Awards and honors

  • Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, Rupert Bunny Foundation, 2016
  • New Work Grant, Arts Victoria, 2012
  • New Work Grant, $20,000, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, 2010
  • Christine Abrahams Award for Painting, Victorian College of the Arts, 2007
  • Overseas Studio Residency, Los Angeles, USA ($10,000), Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, 2006
  • R&M McGivern Acquistive Prize for Painting ($10,000), City of Maroondah, 2006
  • ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship ($10,000), ANZ Bank Corporation, 2004
  • Academic Activity Grant, School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne, 2002
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Award (APA), DEST, 2001
  • Deacons, Graham & James/Arts 21 Award Research Residency, Tokyo ($20,000), Deacons, Graham & James/Arts 21, 1998
  • Pat Corrigan Award, NAVA/Australia Council, 1996
  • Prize Winner, The Postcard Show, City of Port Phillip, 1994
  • Australian Postgraduate Reseach Award (without Stipend), ARC, 1994
  • Deutscher Prize for Best Final Year Essay on Aesthetics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1991



Available for supervision

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