Born in Mackay, Queensland, Danie Mellor is a contemporary Australian artist of Mamu and Ngadjon Aboriginal rainforest heritage. Mellor’s revaluation of iconic landscape traditions is informed by his connection to place and ongoing preoccupation with Australia’s landspace. His multidisciplinary practice explores the intersections of contemporary and historic culture. In considering the recent and ancient past, his work traverses the breadth and complexity of historical narratives and has received several major awards, acquisitions and commissions, including the MCA Sculpture Commission Matter Matters (2019), the National Gallery of Australia Member’s Acquisition Fund (2018) and the 26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (2009). Mellor was recently appointed as a board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.
Mellor holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours from the Australian National University (ANU); a Master of Fine Art from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (Birmingham University); and a PhD from the School of Art at the National Institute of Art at ANU.
Mellor’s selected solo exhibitions include Proximity and Perception, Cairns Art Gallery (2018); Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history, Pātaka Art + Museum, New Zealand (2018); Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties, a 10-year retrospective survey and touring exhibition, University of Queensland Art Museum, Australia (2014); Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral, National Museum of Scotland (2014); Danie Mellor, The Australian Museum (2012).
His selected group exhibitions include Queen’s Land: Black Portraiture, Cairns Art Gallery, Australia (2019); Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia, me Collectors Room Berlin, Germany (2018); Resolution | new Indigenous photomedia, National Gallery of Australia (2018); Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (2017); For an Image, Faster Than Light, Yinchuan Biennale, MOCA Yinchuan, China (2016); Magic Object, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2016); 8th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Australia (2015); Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, UK (2013); Sakahàn International Survey of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada (2013); Memoires Vives: une Histoire de l’Art Aboriginene Australien/Vivid Memories: an Aboriginal Art History, Musée d’Aquitaine Bordeaux, France; Undisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial National Gallery of Australia (2012); MCA Collection: new acquisitions Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (2009); Culture Warriors: National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia (2007); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (2005) and Story Place – the art of Cape York and the Rainforest, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2003).
His work is held in significant institutional collections around the world including the National Gallery of Australia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Australia; Artbank; University of Queensland Art Museum, Australia; Australian National University; the National Gallery of Canada; The British Museum, UK; National Museum of Scotland; and prestigious private collections including Sir Elton John, Kerry Stokes, Packer, Holmes à Court and Mallesons. Mellor is also represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.