Danie Mellor is an Australian artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the intersections of contemporary and historic culture. Through works on paper, photographs, and sculptural work, his evaluation of iconic landscape traditions is informed by his connection to place through Aboriginal heritage, and ongoing preoccupation with Australia’s landspace.
Born in 1971 in Mackay, Queensland, Mellor currently lives and works in Sydney. After completing a Certificate in Art at the North Adelaide School of Art in 1991, Mellor undertook a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the ANU in 1992–1994, and a Masters in Fine Art at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, part of the Birmingham City University, in 1995–1996. He completed his PhD at the ANU in 2004, where he also taught print-media and drawing. He was the winner of the 2009 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. As of 2013, Mellor is a lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, within the University of Sydney.
Drawing on his Indigenous and Anglo-Australian heritage, Mellor considers Australia’s colonial past and its legacies today. At once beautiful and a calling to account, his works explore subjects that are critically linked to cultural histories and concepts of the landscape.
Featured image: Danie Mellor - The weavers (bala
wular), 2020 (detail). Chromogenic print on metallic photographic paper,
diasec. 29 1/10 × 35 2/5 in. 74 × 90 cm. Edition of 3. This is part of a
limited edition set. Photo courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger