Brendan Van Hek

Brendan Van Hek

Brendan Van Hek’s practice explores the narratives of personal histories, fiction and cultural politics. Utilising a range of materials, including neon, mirror, glass, metal and paint, his practice ranges from intimate text-based works to large-scale abstract installations and furniture-like sculptures. 

Brendan Van Hek graduated with Honours from Curtin University Western Australia in 2001 and currently lives and works in Sydney. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Notable exhibitions include The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney (2021); Other People Think: Auckland’s Contemporary International Collection, Auckland Art Gallery (2018); Colour Restraint, Campbelltown Arts Centre, (2015); LUMINOUSFLUX, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth (2013); NEW11, ACCA, Melbourne (2011); TWMA Contemporary, Tarrawarra Museum of Art (2010); A Certain Slant of Light, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, (2009); Shifting Geometries, The Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA (2012); and Becoming: Worlds In Flux, C24 Gallery, Chelsea, New York, USA (2012). In 2012 Van Hek undertook a residency at ISCP, New York, and was the recipient of a Mid-Career Fellowship from the Department of Culture and the Arts WA. His work is held in major public and private collections internationally including the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Auckland Art Gallery. Van Hek has also been commissioned to produce public artworks for prominent sites in Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne, including a major neon installation for Darling Square, Sydney in 2019.

Selected works

    suddenly the sea had stopped

    Brendan Van Hek

    suddenly the sea had stopped 2021

    motivational study (duck egg, black stripes)

    Brendan Van Hek

    motivational study (duck egg, black stripes) 2021

    Horizon (warm white, white)

    Brendan Van Hek

    Horizon (warm white, white) 2014

    potential (white on salmon)

    Brendan Van Hek

    potential (white on salmon) 2021

    The Yellow Wedge

    Brendan Van Hek

    The Yellow Wedge 2019

    motivation (mid orange, black stripes)

    Brendan Van Hek

    motivation (mid orange, black stripes) 2021


  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • An elaborate scheme

    Brendan Van Hek

    An elaborate scheme

    13 March - April 10, 2021



    John ArmlederSimon BarneyMaria CruzJulie FragarSarah MoscaOlivier MossetJonny NiescheGemma SmithJelena TeleckiOliver WagnerBrendan Van HekJan van der Ploeg

    25 November - December 19, 2020



    Maria CruzAnthony JohnsonLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van Hek

    21 May - June 20, 2020



    Julie FragarDavid HainesLucina LaneTodd McMillanElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiKoji RyuiGemma SmithTony SchwensenJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekJustene Williams

    1 - February 29, 2020

  • as it happened

    as it happened

    Brendan Van HekRebecca Baumann

    7 September - October 5, 2019

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019



    Maria CruzMatthys GerberBrendan Van HekJonny NiescheJohn NixonAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz WestOliver WagnerJonathan Zawada

    17 May - June 16, 2018

  • The Scene was Set

    Brendan Van Hek

    The Scene was Set

    27 July - August 26, 2017

  • Horizon (warm white, white)

    Brendan Van Hek

    Horizon (warm white, white)

    13 October - November 12, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekSarah MoscaJoyce HinterdingJonny NiescheMatthys GerberEsther StewartChristopher HanrahanNicola Smith

    17 - August 21, 2016

  • Another Green World

    Another Green World

    Jamie NorthGemma SmithAndreas Reiter RaabeSandra SeligSarah MoscaMatthys GerberJack Lanagan DunbarJonny NiescheOlivier MossetMaria CruzKoji RyuiJulie FragarBrendan Van Hek

    4 August - September 3, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015

  • Turn the night to day

    Brendan Van Hek

    Turn the night to day

    23 April - May 23, 2015