Seton, Alex


2011 - 2012



2015 Group Exhibition
Alex Seton: Refoulement
Sullivan+Strumpf 2014 Group Exhibition
Speak to Me
2013 Sullivan+Strumpf
Alexander Seton: Elegy on Resistance, ARTHK12
2012 Sullivan+Strumpf
2012 Art Stage Singapore
Alexander Seton: Flags
2011 SSFA2011
Art Stage Singapore
2010 Alexander Seton: Infinitely Near
2010 SSFA10
2009 Alexander Seton: Assembly
2009 SSFA09



ARTAND, 'Selected Exhibition: Alex Seton - Last Resort', December 2014
Forrest, Nicholas, 'Marble Magic- Alex Seton’s Refoulement...,' Blouin ArtInfo, 9 October, 2014
Frost, Andrew. ‘This is what it looks like,’ Art Collector, issue no. 70, October-December 2014
Fairley, Gina. 'Alex Seton- Refoulement,' Artshub, 15 September, 2014
Leach, Alex. 'Alex Seton Memorialises Asylum Seekers with Marble Sculptures,' HighSnobSociety, 2014
Murney, Annie. 'Alex Seton-Refoulement,' Concrete Playground, 30 September, 2014
Oakley-Smith, Mitchell, 'See - Alex Seton's Refoulement,' Manuscript, 15 September, 2014
Pereira, Joanne. 'Cool...Alex Seton,' Eclectic Cool, 10 September, 2014
Preston, Sammy. 'Hard Reality By Alex Seton,' Broadsheet, 22 September 2014
Tan, Monica 'Artist Alex Seton on asylum...,' The Guardian, 20 September, 2014
Taylor, Andrew. 'Sculptor Alex Seton's questions public perceptions on Asylum Seekers,' SMH 26 Sept.
Azzarello, Nina. 'Alex Seton Memorialises Asylum Seekers', Design Boom, 17 March 2014
Burnside, Julian. 'Director's Project - Alex Seton,' Articulate, issue no. 15, Winter 2014
Champtaloup, Julia. 'Dark Heart Takes Australia's Pulse', A Magazine, February 2014
McDonald John, 'Master Showman', Sydney Morning Herald, 14 March 2014
Refugee debate finds permanent voice in major acquisition, Arts Hub May 2014
'The 2014 Adelaide Biennial: ‘Contemporary Art as it was meant to be’, The Conversation, March 2014
Rewriting the Monumental. World Sculpture News, Autumn 2012
2012 Alexander Seton, Australian Art Collector ARTHK12
'The Big Picture', Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 May 2012
2012 Artist takes a look at what's under the hood, 'Sydney Morning Herald' 15 May
Art Fairs Fifth Edition is Bigger and Better, South China Morning Post, 17 May 2012
Critic's Choice, Australian Art Collector, April-June 2012
Alex Seton: Flags, review in 2000, November 2011
Malleable marble, Australian Art Review, May-July 2010
Alexander Seton Artist Profile, May 2010
Carving quite a name for himself, The Sun Herald, 2010
Marble is the Message, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 2009
ARC Biennial exhibition catalogue, 2007
Alex Seton: Alumni Profile, Cofa: Art, Design, Media, 2006
Carving a Path, McGrath: The Weekly Magazine, 2006
The Guiding Lights, Sydney Morning Herald, December 2005
The Next Big Thing, 100K+, 2005
Illusions of Reality in the Little Details, Sydney Morning Herald, November 2005
The Art Oracle: Alexander Seton, Sydney Morning Herald, July 2005
Rock Star, Black and White, November 2004
The Next Big Thing in Sculptors, The Australian, September 2004
Art this Way, State of the Arts, 2004
Principle Artists, The Sun Herald, 2004


Alex Seton: Refoulement - Last Resort
'Dark Heart: Alex Seton' Das Platforms, 20 March 2014
South Australia's Dark Heart Revealed, ABC Arts, 26 March 2014
Alex Seton, Australian War Memorial Dec 2012
In Conversation with Alex Seton, Hazelhurst Regional GalleryAugust 2013


Sydney-based artist Alex Seton is best known for his refined technical skill in carving Wombeyan marble, a legacy of his childhood growing up in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales near a local quarry. His multi-disciplinary practice incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to develop a relationship between the various language structures of these mediums. In his marble works, ephemeral everyday items including clothing, inflatable objects and our nation’s flag become enduring relics of our culture, provoking a contradiction between the material’s permanence and the subject’s ostensible plasticity. 

His most recent works extend this tension into new conceptual terrain. 2013’s Roughing Out saw Seton turn his attention to the act of creation itself and the tension between analogue and digital practice. In 2014’s Somebody died trying to have a life like mine at the Adelaide Biennial, sculpture stands as memorial for asylum seeker lives lost at sea, tackling head on a divisive political issue. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical statuary with resolutely contemporary concerns, Seton gives weight to the issues we face in the here and now, asking us to engage more than fleetingly. 




Seton has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Roughing Out, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney (2013); Six More, Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2012) and Elegy on Resistance, ARTHK12, Hong Kong (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Australia: Contemporary Voices, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London (2013) and Gravity of Sculpture: Part II, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York (2013). Seton has been the recipient of a number of prizes, such as the Prometheus Visual Arts Prize (2009), the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2009) and the People’s Choice Award for the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award (2006), as well as being a finalist in the 2013 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales. The artist was also granted the Inaugural Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence, Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, in 2014.