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Stormie Mills

Australia 1969

Street Art

Stormie Mills
Stormie Mills
September 24, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Stormie Mills is an Australian based artist who started painting in 1984 and has since then been exploring the human condition through his work, taking his iconic characters off the walls in the street and onto canvas in the gallery. Working in a restricted palette of black representing dirt, white the attempt to remove dirt, grey a metaphor for the cityscape and silver for dreams, this palette is an expression of the sense of isolation inherent in Stormie’s work.

Stormie Mills was born in 1969 in a coastal town in northern Wales and moved with his family to Perth, Western Australia when he was five. He attended Wesley College and Guildford Grammar School in Perth along with his brothers Barnaby and Oliver.

Commenting on his work Stormie said, “I’ve always been interested in the processes of making artwork particularly when it comes to making art in the streets, it’s wider commentary of people’s impact on their environment, and it’s capacity to make a mark that documents someone’s existence and sense of purpose.”

After establishing an international following for his iconic character based work that has seen him travel, work and show in London, Tokyo, Athens and Miami, Stormie now works full time on his practice, investigating humanity in his pursuit to understand what drives our deepest desires and emotions.

With sold out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth along with gallery representation in all three cities, Stormie’s career has continued to gain momentum. SCOPE NY in March 2014 will be the first time that Stormie has shown a body of work in New York presented by Vertical Gallery.

Among a long list of commissions across the globe, Stormie has also been a speaker at AG Ideas, one of the largest and most respected design festivals in the world. Last year he also took part in the 2013 Brisbane Festival in a unique installation project that saw his Bunnyman character transformed into 4m sculptures that took over the city.

Further cementing his international status, in 2013 Stormie was invited to the USA to paint in the second annual Richmond Mural Project. The project’s aim to cover the city in over 100 murals in the first 5 years, saw Stormie paint 9 murals and add to the city’s growing reputation as an art destination.

Stormie has been exhibiting his work since 1990 and boasts a long list of commissions across the globe. He is also highly published in significant street art books. With a career that spans over 25 years, Stormie continues to be sought out to create his work worldwide and remains true to his quest of examining what it is to be human through his thought provoking work.

Stormie Mills lives and works in Perth, Western Australia

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014FTWMetro Gallery, AustraliaSolo
2014Scope Art Fair Vertical Gallery, NYCGroup
2014PublicForm Gallery, Perth, West AustraliaGroup
2013Art with Altitude installation Skygate, Brisbane AirportSolo
2013#TWFSL (installation)Known Gallery, Hollywood, Los AngelesGroup
2013A Fish TaleFriends of Leon, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2013Deck the hallsVertical Gallery, ChicagoGroup
2013Into the darkUnit 44, Newcastle, UKGroup
2013Richmond Mural FestivalArt Whino, Richmond, Virginia, USAGroup
2013Matt Doust & Stormie MillsThinkspace Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Dark LightsGreenhill Galleries, PerthSolo
2012Peoples and PlacesMetro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2012WCA ShowChung King Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2012Salon de Norte SocietePrimary Projects, Miami, Florida, USAGroup
2012Marvelous ExpeditionsThinkspace Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Dirty DozenFriends of Leon, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2011ScufflingMetro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011GatheringLinton and Kay Contemporary, PerthSolo
2011PICA Salon 2011 / Westend GalleryPerth Institute of Contemporary Arts - PICA, Perth, WAGroup
2011Mini Tiny SmallPrimary Projects, Miami, USAGroup
2011Underbelly [Miami]Opera Gallery [NYC], Miami, USA Group
2011For, Against & the TruthLinton & Kay Contemporary [Curator], PerthGroup
2011Selected MomentsUnit 44, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UKGroup
2010On The WallMetro Gallery, Melbourne Solo
2010In Celebration of Second BestRichard Martin Art, Sydney Solo
2010100x150Linton & Kay Contemporary, PerthSolo
2010Guildford Grammar Annual Art Exhibition Perth, AustraliaGroup
2010Perth College Art Invitational, Perth Sandy Beach Sculpture ExhibitionTown of Bassendean, PerthGroup
2009DictonHelen Gory Galeries, MelbourneSolo
2009Primary Flight and Blue Print for SpaceArt Basel, Miami USAGroup
2009Guildford Grammar Annual Art ExhibitionPerth, AustraliaGroup
2008loss+endings = fishLinton & Kay Contemporary, PerthSolo
2008Secrets and ObjectsRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2008Nancy Victor Xmas ShowNancy Victor Gallery, London UKGroup
2008Installation 5, Art BaselMiami USA Art in Bloom, AGWA, PerthGroup
2008Burning BridgesSummer Salon, Brick Lane Gallery, London UKGroup
2007ThreeLinton & Kay Contemporary, PerthSolo
2007City of Perth Invitational Art AwardPerth, AustraliaGroup
2007Guildford Grammar Annual Art ExhibitionPerth, AustraliaGroup
2007Australian CharactersScion Installation [Curator], Los Angeles, USAGroup
2007Evolving StylesCargo, London, UKGroup
2007Letters FirstBread & Butter, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007MSF07Melbourne Stencil Festival J Studios, MelbourneGroup
2007Dream GirlsMina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, USAGroup
2007Tempt One Art BenefitUrb Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2006Self titledAutopsy Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2006Letters FirstSpace Edge, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2006Letters First The Artists Space, Taipei,TaiwanGroup
2006Stick ItFold Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Letters FirstRBK, Beverly Hills, USAGroup
2005The Commons Basefield Projects Chapel on Chapel Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2005Project XIThomas Neale Centre, London, UKGroup
2004The Looking GlassThomas Neale Centre, London, UKGroup
2004ApplicationPerth Institute of Contemporary Art [Curator], Perth Graffiti World AKA, London, UKGroup
2002City of Perth Invitational Art Award [Commendation Award Winner]Perth, AustraliaGroup
2002ThirdExposure Gallery, London, UKGroup
2001DownsizePerth Institute of Contemporary Art, PerthGroup
2001City of Perth Invitational Art AwardPerth, AustraliaGroup
2001Tactical Intervention StrategiesPerth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth Group
2001PictoplasmaPictoplasma Gallery, Berlin Germany Group
2001AerotomechanixWA Fringe Festival & JackSue Gallery, PerthGroup
2000Works on PaperWA Fringe Festival, PerthGroup
1999StormieJackSue Gallery, PerthSolo
1999City of Perth Invitational Art Award, Street SpeakSpan Gallery, MelbourneGroup
1997MetamorphisisThe BluePrint Gallery, Birmingham UKGroup
1995Prolific InscriptionsThe Moores Building [Curator], FremantleGroup
1994Urban PhilosophyArt Heritage, Jolimont Group
1994Beyond the WallMuseum of Western Australia, PerthGroup
1993Mad Capped ArtThe Maltings Gallery, NorthbridgeGroup
1992Pressure PaintThe Blueprint Gallery, Birmingham, UK Group
1992Transcripts from the AsylumColwyn Bay Library, Colwen Bay, North Wales, UKGroup
1991Air PoweredThe Moores Building, Fremantle Group
1991Pump up the CanVictorian Association of Youth in Communities, National Touring ExhibitionGroup
1991Mural 90 Northern Arts, Carisle, UKGroup