Combining rigorous geometry with soft organic forms, John Meade works in an intuitive way to materialise his ideas, creating tightly orchestrated pieces that explore the metaphysical, the surreal and the erotic.
Meade has exhibited his work throughout Australia and internationally since 1994, presenting over twenty-five solo exhibitions. He has received several significant public sculpture commissions, the most recent being the 2018 Southern Way McClelland Commission. His survey exhibition, curated by Zara Stanhope, Objects to Live By: The Art of John Meade, toured extensively throughout regional galleries in Australia in 2010-11. Other solo exhibitions include Set Pieces, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; Autumn 2014, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; The Desultory Arabesque, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; New Weekly, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2008; Incident in the Museum 2: John Meade, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2005; and Propulsion, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001.
Meade received the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 2003 and, with support from Asialink, undertook a studio residency in India in 1998-99. He received a PhD from Monash University, Melbourne in 2018, and a Master of Studio Art from New York University, United States, in 2004.