Artists Lisa Roet

Lisa Roet

b. 1967, Australia
Lives in Melbourne, Australia

With the ape as her muse, Melbourne-based Lisa Roet encourages us to reflect upon prevailing attitudes towards these relatives with whom we share in excess of 98% of our DNA, the lingering anxiety with our evolutionary past, our use of apes for scientific and entertainment purposes and the way in which we project onto apes our own fantasies and culture, while at the same time assuming they are somehow ‘inferior’ to us.

Roet’s explorations into the psychology, behaviour and the soul of simian-human relations have won a number of art awards, including the prestigious: Geelong Gallery Acquisitive Print Award, Australia (2013), Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, Australia (2012), Fremantle Print Award, Australia (2011), McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park Sculpture Survey & Award, Australia (2005), Australian National Gallery National Sculpture Prize, Australia (2003).

Since her first show at Querhause Gallery, Berlin in 1992, Lisa has been represented by galleries in Australasia, Belgium and the USA, has held over twenty-five solo exhibitions and has participated in more than fifty group exhibitions internationally and within Australia, including: Monkey Grip, Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne, which toured various regional galleries throughout Victoria, Australia (2013-14), When I laugh, He laughs with me, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2014), Chengdu Biennale, China, 2013, McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Mornington Peninsula, Australia (2014, 2005 & 2003), Den Hagg Sculptuur 2007/The Hague Sculpture 2007, The Hague, The Netherlands (2007),Satellite Project (12 Australian Artists), Shanghai Biennale, China (2006), Kiss of the Beast, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2005), Lisa Roet: Finger of Suspicion, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne, Australia (2004).

Lisa has also featured several times in the publication titled Australian Art Collector’s ‘50 Most Collectible Artists’ (2001, 2003 and 2007) and is the subject of a comprehensive monograph by Alexie Glass titled Lisa Roet: Uncommon Observations that was published by Thames and Hudson in 2004. Lisa and her work was also the feature of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary titled APELADY, which was produced by Klaus Toft in 2010.

Roet’s first solo exhibition with Gow Langsford Gallery was in 2011 and the Gallery has represented her since 2015.

Lisa Roet


1985-1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

selected exhibitions

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2020-2021 30 Years of Drawing, Finkelstein Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019 The Art Of Dining, Womens Association, National Gallery of Victoria
Ba Bao, Apenheul, Appeldoorn Town Hall, The Netherlands

2018 Golden Monkey, BODW Hong Kong Public Program, Hong Kong
SKYWALKER, Beijing Earth Hour, The Opposite House, Beijing

2017 Whitelight, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland 

2015 When I laugh, He Laughs With Me, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Bound Communication and Stories of Love, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland/Auckland Art Week

2014 When I Laugh, He laughs with me, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
HUMANZEE, Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
HEART, White Night arts Festival Melbourne, Forum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia