Rob McHaffie Biography

Born 1978 Melbourne, Australia. Lives Melbourne, Australia



Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Visual Art) Melbourne University


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing), Victorian College of the Arts


Brighton Bay Art, Design and Photography Programme




Rob McHaffie: This is Living, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Sea Breeze, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, Darren Knight Gallery, booth 1c43


After hours, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


Busts, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand


I can still remember how to speak, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


Farang Mak, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand


Let's see how we go, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


Hope for the Disheveled Seeker, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand


step out of character, become yourself, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Slow me down, USQ Arts Gallery, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia


Small Triumph, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Painting, Gardening and Hiding, Darren Knight Gallery at silvershot, Melbourne


All the trappings, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Still lives, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Crumpled Date Paintings, MOP Project Space, Sydney, Australia

A date with half beautiful, TCB Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Calendar Girls, Kings Artist Run Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

22A, by the way, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Yakadee Yak Yah Yah Yah, with Michell Ussher, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Sarah with a beard, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Slide, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia




Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Award, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD, Australia

Annual Edition Exhibition, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia

Model, Murray White Room, Melbourne, , Australia

1919 Salon, curated by George Adams, Galerie pompom, Sydney, Australia


Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne 1 – 4 August 2018

The Horse, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Melbourne

Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, QLD


Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland Art Gallery, Australia

Julia Gorman, Rob McHaffie, Noriko Nakamuram, Caves Gallery, Melbourne, 

Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883Room 55, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney

Drawing, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

A small show of imperfect paintings, curated by Chris Bond, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne

Unproductive Thinking, Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne

The Sunshine Suite (Jon Campbell, Nadine Christensen, Tony Garifalakis, Rob McHaffie, Fiona McMonagle and Richard Lewer) An exhibiition of prints from Sunshine Editions, Melbourne. A collaborative exhibition project between Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and Hugo Michel Gallery, Adelaide


Local Art Prize, Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne

From the Studio: Bayside Artists in Residence, The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Victoria

Sirens (I Heard Voices In The Night), Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne


Beg Borrow Steal,Incinerator Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2015 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne, Australia

The Dices, curated by Rhys Lee, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Incidents Above A Bar (part 3): I Probably Don’t Like You, The Alderman, Melbourne, Australia

Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne, Australia

Flowers, St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia

Spring 1883, Suite 224, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, Australia

Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, Australia

Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2012 - 2014

The 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia


Speculative Spaces, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

Art & Australia Collection 2003 – 2013, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney


Art & Australia Collection, MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia

Paintings of Steve’s Paintings, St Heliers St Gallery, Melbourne

Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


Jon Campbell, Jennifer Mills, Rob McHaffie, Robert Rooney, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

The Painting Group, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Model Pictures: James Lynch, Amanda Marburg, Rob McHaffie, Moya McKenna, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

Art for Nature, Rimbun Dahan Gallery, Selangor, Malaysia


The Painting Group, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia

TCB Art Inc, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

The Shiloh Project, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

Nobody Knows: Simon Mee, Rob McHaffie, Anne Wallace, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland, Australia

The Wallpaper Project, a touring exhibition curated by Simon Mee and William Wilding

Portrait exchange, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

Twenty20, UTS Gallery, Sydney

Hell’s Bottom Drawer, Hell Gallery, Melbourne


Cross colouring, Joint Hassles, Melbourne, Australia

Visage, curated by Felix Ratcliff, First Draft Gallery, Sydney

texticles - therapeutic text-pieces by men in the community: Simon Zoric, Masato Takasaka, Geoff Newton, Jacob Walker, Alex Vivian, Rob Mchaffie, Ron Adams, Blair Trethowan, Matt Griffin, Lane Cormick, Jensen Tjung, Sean Bailey etc. TCB art inc. Melbourne

Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand

A house full of A1 black and white posters, Joint Hassles, Melbourne, Australia


MCA Bella Dinner Art Draw, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Little Deaths, Apartment, Melbourne, Australia

Drawing a Conclusion, Peloton, Sydney, Australia

Darren Knight Gallery at NEXT - The Invitational Fair of Emerging Art, Chicago USA


All Killer Joint Hassles, Melbourne Australia

Going under, Joint Hassles, Melbourne Australia

Cut ‘n’ paste, Peloton, Sydney, Australia

Relentless Optimism The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

This Crazy Love, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia


Gertrude Studios 2006, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne Australia

Primavera 06 - Exhibition of Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Somebody tells someone…, Canberra Contemporary Artspace, Canberra, Australia

The Armory Show Art Fair, New York, USA

Stress less, Rob McHaffie & Lane Cormick, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia


Paperchase Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne Australia

The air between us Gertrude Studios 2005 Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne Australia

I’m travellin’ light’… ‘No, no you don’t travel light, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne Australia

Double Take, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

Contemporary CCB Auction, Art Gallery of NSW

translation, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia

Salon de Freehands, PLAN B @ Seventh, Melbourne, Australia

Jammin’, with Geoff Newton, TCB Art INC, Melbourne, Australia

A portable model of …, Plimsoll Gallery, School of Art, Tasmania, Australia            


Address Book, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Playing Time Clubs Project Space, October Melbourne

thankyou, thankyou…., Dudespace, Melbourne, Australia

Royale, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Next Wave Container Project, Federation Square Car Park, Melbourne

Sticks and Stones, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia

Getting to Know You, Francis Baker-Smith, Sydney, Australia


Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Posted by Bus, MOP Project Space, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

Yakkadee Yak Yah Yah Yah, Linden Gallery, Melbourne Australia

Second, Spencer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Keith and Elizabeth Traveling Fellowship, VCA Gallery, Melbourne

Explorations, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Graduate Exhibition, VCA, Melbourne, Australia

First, Spencer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Woollahra Traveling Scholarship Exhibition, VCA Gallery, Melbourne

Blackhole, May, VCA Drawing Department

Slide 200 Gertrude St, Melbourne Australia.


Line Up Mansour-Hill Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Proud, VCA, Melbourne, Australia

Campus Art Prize Exhibition, Melbourne University, Australia


‘The Lovers’ by Catherine Rey, novel cover, published by Gazebo Books 2018

‘Rubic 14 Artist’s Book’ Printed by Uplands Gallery 2003


2014 - The 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

2012 - Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award

2007 - Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2005Studio Artist, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

2003 - Linden Postcard Award

2002 - VCA Contemporary Drawing Prize

1999 - VCA Proud Exhibit Framing Prize


Artbank, Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Bayside Council, Melbourne

Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

Michael Buxton Collection, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Stonnington Council, Melbourne

Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne


Allen Shea, J. Let’s see how we go in Broadsheet,, 7 September 2012

Backhouse, M. More to boot The Age Review, 2 July 2005

Bland, M. Nobody Knows in Art & Australia, Vol. 48 No. 2, p. 351

Barkley, G. Overlapping Worlds, Art & Australia, Vol. 48, No.2.2011, p.718

Buxton Contemporary Collection, The Michael Buxton Collection, Buxton Contemporary, Buxton Contemporary, University of Melbourne, 2018, p. 114

Clement, T. Suburban Mayhem The Sydney Morning Herald Metro 20-26 October 2006, p 23

Cormick, L. A Date with Half Beautiful, exhibition catalogue, TCB Gallery, Melbourne

Crawford, A. Smart art: Rob McHaffie Australia Art Collector Magazine, Issue 37 – July-September 2006 p.167

Crawford, A. 50 Most Collectable Artists in Australian Art Collector Issue 43, Jan – March 2008, p. 162 – 165

Cresswell, E. Zipper in Relentless optimism catalogue, The Carlton Hotel and Studios, 2007 p. 44

Creagh, S. Spring loaded: Primavera celebrates young art guns Sydney Morning Herald 28 July 2006

Day, C. A short ride in a fast machine cover image, printed by Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces

Day, C. Critical Mass Art and Australia, 2006

Ed. Rob McHaffie, Artist, The Nice Niche

Ed. Profiles Art Almanac, September 2004

Ed. 2011 Acquisitions – Purchases in The Ian Potter Museum of Art - Art+Events+Ideas, pub. Uni of Melbourne, January 2012, pp.25-26

Frost, A, Let's see how we go, The Art Life, 13 September 2012

Gibson, P. Busy benefactors Australian Art Collector Oct-Dec 2005

Kiely, A. Draw on inspiration, Vogue Living, January/February 2009, p. 54

Koenig, T. A portable model of…., Plimsoll Galley, Tasmania

Lacy, D. Surreal compositions in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 50/3 November 2011, pp.34-36

Low, L.A. Crumpled Date Paintings, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 11-12, September, 2004

Lynch, J., Unproductive Thinking, catalogue essay, Deakin University Art Gallery 2017

Malor, D. Sticks and stones exhibition catalogue, University of Tasmania, 2004

McHaffie, R. Make vibes not things: Caroline Anderson A.K.A. Crystal Diamond in Stamm,, accessed 10/04/12

Power, L. Still lives The Age Metro, Tuesday 21 June 2005

Radford, L. Dress Sexy in Relentless optimism catalogue, The Carlton Hotel and Studios, 2007 p. 45

Radford, L. Still lives, exhibition catalogue, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne

Seeto, A. Rob McHaffie, interview, exhibition catalogue, Primavera 06, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 2006

Sorensen, R. Stories hint at a past, capture a present, and leave the rest to us, The Australian, 22 July 2010

Strickland, K. Being contemporary starts to pay off The Weekend Australian Financial Review 22-26 December 2006, pp 40-41

Taylor, R. Sydney artists look  to the east The Sydney Morning Herald Arts Guide pp. 22-23

Triguboff, E. The Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award: Looking Back to the Future, Art & Australia, Vol 47, Autumn 2010. p.422

Vasiliou, L. Review: Rob McHaffie, ACCA MAG 5, www.accaonline,

Rubik 14, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne