Gareth Ernst


b. 1973 Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in Berlin.
Monuments – The Ash Paintings


The monuments of Berlin are sacred spaces, sacred objects. Built of bullet scarred stone and metal, restored and repaired, of angels, warriors, animals and weeping mothers. They show death, sex, desire, violence, battle and adoration. They are artefacts of importance handed down to us. Passed down from generation to generation saying ‘Here! Here is what we valued. Here is what we loved. Remember us.’
These works explore permanence and impermanence. What we are left with after loss, how we remember and how we continue.  
The ash used is physically of Berlin, a substance of the city, changed by fire and now transmuted into new artworks. Referencing Berlin’s history as a city burnt and reborn so Gareth chooses ash as the medium for these painting.  The ash was sourced from the refugee campfires on the Berlin Tempelhof Feld. Chunks of charcoal ground to fine powder and mixed with water and painted like giant water colours.


2016 Summer Show, Michael Reid Berlin

2016 ‘Company of Men’ Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2015 ‘Undraped’ LOSTSpace Gallery 48 Little Oxford Street Darlinghurst

2015 Open studio exhibition. Sydney Mardi Gras Festival

2014 The Adonis Project. Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home Street. Los Angeles.

2014 ‘Home’ Brunswick Street Gallery. Fitzroy, Melbourne. AIDS14 Conference.

2014 Open studio exhibition. Sydney Mardi Gras Festival
2014 ‘ Schleich animals.’ ESD Gallery Darlinghurst, Sydney

2013 ‘Gorillas’ Prone Gallery, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst Sydney.

2010 ‘Honours Exhibition’ National Art School Gallery. The National Art School.

2010 ‘GENTS Views of Taylor Square’ Men’s underground toilets, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst, Sydney. City of Sydney, Art and About Festival
2009 ‘How to draw a truck’ NG Gallery Chippendale Sydney

2007 ‘The Art of War’ Open studio exhibition.
2005 Art work for film ‘Suburban Mayhem’.


2016 Masters of Fine Arts. National Art School (current)

2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing (Honours) National Art School. Sydney

1994 Bachelor of Creative Arts. Theatre Design and Animation. University of Technology Sydney.
1990 Bachelor of Arts. English, Art history and Philosophy. University of Wollongong.

1986 Certificate of Fine Arts. Illawarra Institute of Technology.


2016 Sydney Morning Herald, Flour Drum Residency

2015 February 27, Sydney Morning Herald. Domain. ‘Mardi Gras apartment exhibition’

2012 Winter   User’s News.. Cover.

2011 Summer ‘The Professional magazine’. The Sex Workers Outreach Project Men, Sex and Gender Diverse issue. Cover.

Prizes and Grants

2014 Art Grant. City of Sydney.

2014 Art Grant. City of Yarra, Melbourne.

2010 Quick response grant. City of Sydney

2008 Frasers’ Residency. Chippendale, Sydney.
2000 Chromacryl Portrait prize.

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