Aaron Micallef

Aaron Micallef

  • Artist’s Statement

    I work with hot glass, and enjoy the immediacy of the medium, working within the physical and technical constraints of the fluid material. In the “hot-shop” I create simple vessel forms which are further elaborated in the “cold-shop.” Surface modification controls the vessels’ interaction with light and I engrave the works with motifs selected from the natural world, dissecting the source of inspiration to understand the underlying pattern.

  • Biography

    Aaron Micallef grew up on the Granite Belt, and was introduced to hot glass over 20 years ago, while living in the UK. Returning to Australia resulted in a 10 year hiatus from hot glass which was broken when Aaron refreshed his skills at the Canberra Glassworks and began collaborating with glass artist Joanna Bone. In 2016, Aaron and Joanna were awarded a joint Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence at the Canberra Glassworks.
    Aaron’s glass practice is complemented by photography, reinterpreting glass through the camera lens and capturing the subtleties of the diffusion, diffraction, reflection and refraction of light through blown and cut glass.
    Aaron also has an established career in Chemistry academia and brings this knowledge, experience and a touch of the scientific method to his arts practice. One of his glass/photography crossover works was a finalist in the 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

  • Influences

    Pattern in the natural world; light and particularly its movement through glass.

  • Awards

    2018 Major Prize Winner - SNAP18, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane;


    2017 Finalist – Moreton Bay Region Art Award;
    2016 Finalist – Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australian Museum

  • Exhibitions

    2018 Regeneration, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane glass group show
    2018 SNAP18, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane digital art group show
    2018 Art in the Mill, Ballandean Case Mill, Ballandean glass group show
    2017 Jugglers Life Drawing Show*, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane drawing group show
    2017 Exquisite: Glass Art from South East Queensland, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture digital art group show
    2017 Art in the Mill, Ballandean Case Mill, Ballandean glass group show
    2017 Downlands College 31st Annual Art Exhibition, Toowoomba drawing, glass group show
    2016-7 In Depth, Joanna Bone with Aaron Micallef, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra digital art joint show
    2016 X-Show, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane glass group show
    2016 Art Meets Science, Ecosciences Precinct, Brisbane digital art group show
    2016 Stairwell Exhibition, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital drawing, glass group show
    2016 Reef, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville digital art group show
    2015 X-Show, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane digital art, drawing group show
    2015 Jugglers Life Drawing Show*, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane drawing group show
    2015 Downlands College 29th Annual Art Exhibition, Toowoomba drawing, glass group show
    2015 Drawn from Life*, Jeremy Attrill, Meredith Macleod & Aaron Micallef, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane drawing joint show
    2015 Marketplace, Gallery Artisan, Brisbane glass group show
    2015 In Depth*, Joanna Bone & Aaron Micallef, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane digital art joint show
    2014 Jugglers Life Drawing Show*, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane drawing group show
    2014 Response to River, Brisbane glass group show
    2014 Downlands College 28th Annual Art Exhibition, Toowoomba drawing, glass group show
    2013 Containerval Festival, with Joanna Bone, Hamilton, Brisbane glass group show
    2013 Jugglers Life Drawing Show, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane drawing group show
    2008 Jugglers Drawing Show, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane drawing group show

Showing all 4 artworks

Aaron Micallef

Shy Squid
52 x 12 x 11cm Blown glass with engraved and painted surface $1,800.00

Aaron Micallef

Wary Octopus
56 x 12 x 11cm Blown glass with engraved and painted surface $1,800.00

Aaron Micallef

Blackberry
22 x 11 x 11cm Blown glass with engraved surface $520.00

Aaron Micallef

Wild Oats
20 x 10 x 10cm Blown glass with engraved surface $420.00