BRYAN SPIER graduated from the Canberra School of Art (Painting) in 1998 and completed a Master of Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2005. He completed a PhD at the Australian National University in 2017 with a thesis proposing narrativity as a formal component of abstract painting.
Spier's first solo exhibition titled SCSSI was held at ANCA Gallery in Canberra in 1999, and he has since exhibited frequently across Australia and internationally. Group exhibitions include Shifting Geometries, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC (2012); Word of Mouth, Canberra Museum and Gallery (2012); Colour Bazaar, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2011) and Networks; Cells and Silos, Monash University Museum of Art (2011). He has presented six solo exhibitions with Sarah Scout Presents: Isolation Paintings (2021); Electric Paintings (2019); Divided Paintings (2017); History Paintings (2015); Heavy Images (2013); Simultaneous Paintings (2011) and Expandable Paintings (2010).
Spier was a founding member of Dudespace, Brunswick and together with Steven Rendall, is part of the ongoing collaborative project Rendall&Spier. His writing on abstract art has been featured in a variety of publications and exhibition catalogues, and he currently teaches into the Interior Design course at RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne.Spier's work is held in major public and private collections throughout Australia including the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and Griffith University.