Shaun Gladwell

1972, Sydney, Australia


Shaun Gladwell lives and works in London. He holds a BFA from the University of Arts in Sydney and MFAs from the New South Wales College of Fine Arts and from Goldsmiths College, London. Gladwell represented Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and travelled to Afghanistan as an “Official Memorial War Artist” in 2009. Shaun Gladwell is primarily a video artist. His work takes the form of “performance landscapes”, actions that react to the rural or urban setting in which they take place. The body, its functions and its extensions become a working tool. Skateboarding, surfing, biking and acrobatics in all its forms are activities, forms and ways of existing, “extensions” that become the subject of videos, photographs, performances or danced works, but also paintings and drawings.