Ronnie van Hout
Ronnie van Hout is a New Zealand artist, living in Melbourne, Australia. He works with a wide variety of media including sculpture, video, painting, photography, embroidery, and sound recordings. Van Hout is renowned for works that take the self as their subject, and feature images of the artist portrayed in various guises.
Working since 1981, van Hout has amassed an expansive exhibition history in New Zealand and Australia, notably with the hugely popular and successful survey show I've Abandoned Me, an initiative of Dunedin Public Art Gallery that toured throughout 2003 and 2004 to Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. A most prolific artist, van Hout was also subject of a second major survey exhibition in 2009, Who Goes There? presented by the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Based in Melbourne since 2000, van Hout has a substantial following throughout Australia, with gallery representation in Sydney and Melbourne. The National Gallery of Victoria featured a major van Hout installation, All Said, All Done, in its 2013-14 summer exhibition Melbourne Now.
Having been selected for several key international artist residency programmes throughout his career, building and maintaining fruitful creative and professional connections in many parts of the world, and has a growing list of international exhibitions to his name, with shows in the USA, Netherlands, Austria and Germany. In 2013 van Hout featured alongside such art luminaries as Anri Sala and Gillian Wearing in the exhibition Someone Else at Landesgalerie Linz in Austria.
Recent large-scale public artworks – including Comin’ Down a four-metre figurative sculpture installed on a Christchurch rooftop and Fallen Robot at The Dowse.