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Solo exhibition asks us to look at a shared history


22 June 2012

Danie Mellor's 'Still waters run deep', 2012, pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal on Saunders Waterford paper, 153 x 225 cm.
Danie Mellor's 'Still waters run deep', 2012, pastel, pencil, glitter, Swarovski crystal on Saunders Waterford paper, 153 x 225 cm.

New works by Danie Mellor, a lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts and one of Australia's most significant contemporary artists, are on show at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum in a self-titled solo exhibition.

Mellor was born in Mackay and is descended through his maternal family from the Mamu/Ngagen/Ngajan peoples of the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland.

His monumental new works on paper continue his longstanding study of Australia's shared Indigenous and European histories. Mellor's inspiration includes the blue and white ceramic tradition from the famous fine china producers Spode, and fantastical engravings and documentary images from 'new' lands.

Mellor has said he combines complex references to colonial era images with those of his ancestral North Queensland rainforest country in order to "examine history by looking at our shared history".

Director of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Jackie Dunn, said Mellor "asks us as viewers to think up new ways of sharing our histories and imagining our futures".

Mellor has won numerous awards and commissions, most notably the 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2009, the 2006 Canberra Critics' Choice Award for Visual Arts, and the 2010 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing.

The Danie Mellor show is part of the Guringai Festival, which celebrates past and present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Northern Sydney.


Event details

What: Danie Mellor solo exhibition

When: Open 10am to 5pm daily, until Sunday 15 July

Where: Manly Art Gallery and Museum, West Esplanade, Manly

Cost: Entry to Manly Art Gallery and Museum is free


Special event

At 6.30pm on Thursday 5 July, Danie Mellor will be joined by respected author and curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Wally Caruana, for an in-depth discussion about his work.


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