Colin Passmore was born in Armadale West Australia, and now lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Self-taught, he has been painting since 1980 and has built an impressive career over the past 40 years.
From his first exhibition Colin has won critical acclaim and acceptance from some of Australia's top galleries and critics. He has developed a unique and readily identifiable personal style which invites the viewer to see more than is first apparent. A love and knowledge of the natural world has resulting in the popular ‘Paperbark’ and ‘Grass” series which transforms our native fauna in a powerful manner making it function as an abstract form.
He has had representation with many galleries throughout Australia and Japan and has had 25 important exhibitions His work features in many corporate and private collections both here and overseas.
2014 Colin continues to develop his work in a contemporary vein as a colorist and with a very Australian dynamic
2011 Colin has started out this year with some large private commissions and is working towards an exhibition to be held in West Australia in the near future.
2010 Relocated to Mount Coolum, and is embarking on an exciting rendition of the imagery of that area!
2009 Relocated to the Byron Bay coast, where he worked on a new suite of coastal paintings and surfed!
2008 Solo exhibition at "Mad Fish" exhibition space, Kings Beach QLD.
2005 Solo exhibition at the"HYATT REGENCY RESORT" Coolum Beach, Qld.
Opened the first " colinpassmore sunshineartgallery.com.au " Coolum beach Qld
2004 Solo exhibition at the "LYNNE WILTON GALLERY" High street, Armadale Victoria
2003 Working on commissions with some top Australian interior designers
2002 Solo exhibition, "NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY" Noosa Qld.
Solo exhibition, "FRANCIS REILLY GALLERY" Eumundi,Qld
2000 Solo exhibition, "CONRAD INTERNATIONAL" Brisbane Qld.
Solo exhibition, "RBG GALLERY" Rushcutters Bay Sydney NSW.
Invited to be part of the "About Queensland Artists" Exhibition "CONRAD INTERNATIONAL" Brisbane Qld.
1999 Group exhibition at the "STEEL RIED STUDIO" Brisbane city , Qld.
Solo exhibition at the "GALLERY GARAGE B" Tokyo Japan
1998 Solo exhibition held at the "JODY GILCRIST GALLERY" Newfarm, Brisbane , Qld
1996 Solo Exhibition 'A Lucky Country" held at the "BURNS GALLERY" Eumundi Sunshine Coast Qld
Included by invitation in the 'Direct Sun' exhibition held at "NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY"
1994 Co-exhibitor in 'Aspects of landscape' exhibition at "NOOSA FINE ARTGALLERY"
1993 Invitation by "SHERATON" Noosa to exhibit his latest works in the "RENDEZVOUS LOUNGE" in May June of this year.
1992 Invited to be part of the important exhibition "considering landscape' presented by Noosa Regional Gallery
1991 Represented with five works by invitation at the inaugural "association of artists" exhibition held in the new" NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY".
1989 Solo exhibition at "GREENHILL GALLERIES”, Perth W.A.
Represented by invitation for the opening of the "NOOSA REGIONAL GALLERY"
Commissioned by the then new "PIER HOTEL", Cairns, With 6 works for the Presidential Suite.
1986 Solo exhibition at the "SCHUBERT GALLERY" Gold Coast, Also large private commissions Noosa QLD
1985 Solo exhibition to celebrate the inauguration of the "SCHUBERT GALLERY”, Gold Coast.
1984 First solo exhibition at the "Spring Hill Gallery”, Brisbane