Danie Mellor (b. 1971, Australia) is a contemporary artist whose work explores themes that are critically linked to cultural histories and concepts of the landscape. He is interested in the convergence of culture, history, people and the environment. Mellor is deeply driven by his European and Aboriginal ancestry, and holds a strong spiritual and cultural connection to the area that is home to his mother’s family, the region of the Atherton Tablelands in Northern Queensland. His works consider Australia’s colonial legacy and address the entangled histories of Australia’s Indigenous and settler communities. Mellor’s landscapes in his signature blue and white palette appropriate the designs of Spode bone china and confront our understanding of the past, highlighting the impact of settlement on Australia’s original inhabitants, flora and fauna.
Mellor completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, and a Master of Fine Art at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in the UK. His works have been included in several high profile group and solo exhibitions including Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies, Sacred Ties at the University of Queensland Art Museum and TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia (2014); as well as Culture Warriors: Triennial of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Australia (2007); and Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2005). Mellor has won numerous awards, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (2009) and the Tallis Foundation Works on Paper Award (2008), and has also been awarded research grants by the University of Sydney (2006) and the Australia Council for the Arts (2000-2003). His work is held in numerous national, state, regional and private collections in Australia, as well as the National Museum of Scotland and National Gallery of Canada.