Company: New South Wales Department of Education
Location: Valley Heights, New South Wales, Australia
Greg Cliffe, Artist and Teacher at the New South Wales Department of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Painting.
Mr. Cliffe was influenced by the American and British sitcoms of his youth, and their penchant for the absurd, satire and whimsy has greatly informed his current artwork, along with his experiences in 1960’s Sydney. In 2001, he exhibited “Fragmented Values: Compulsive Lives at the Tin Sheds” documenting the fragmentation of inner city culture due to gentrification. Mr. Cliffe’s work is known for themes of social values, cultural history, and folk narrative. His work on group consensus is inspired by Irving Janis, and he draws philosophical cues from Marcel Proust, reaching into apparently mundane situations to reveal underlying relationships that resonate with the audience’s memory.
Mr. Cliffe’s childhood was in a suburb by the beach in a neighborhood of inner Sydney, which he witnessed fracturing over three decades. Through the ‘70s, he studied with TAFE and the Colleges of Advance Education, where he was influenced by abstract expressionism, sculptural formalism, and performance-installation art. He was a sculptor and performance artist until the late ‘80s, notably performing twice at the Cite Internationale Des Artes in Paris on an AGNSW Moya Dyring Studio residency and an Australia Council travel grant. From “Strontium 90” in 1978 to “Set for Locky Leonard” in 2001, Mr. Cliffe has produced many powerful pieces that lent themselves to his latter work as a set designer.
Mr. Cliffe attended the University of Western Sydney to earn an MA in 2001, greatly informing his work in the medium of paint. As a research subject, he studied social and group thinking, including enmeshed relationships and challenges to group consensus. He later created the 2016 exhibition, “Groupthink,” at the Lost Bear Gallery using themes of sub cultures and social environments. His early art experience and forays into amateur stage design offer insight into social events, fictional characters, and narratives, which echo with his father’s stories from his childhood in Sydney. To view some of Mr. Cliffe’s recent pieces, please visit www.gregcliffeartist.com.
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