Words: Laura Bedoya
The relative newcomer N. Smith Gallery in Sydney has acquired artist Danie Mellor for its expanding stable.
Mellor is a Bowral-based artist known for his practice in print, drawing, and installation. Born in Mackay, North Queensland, Mellor’s maternal Aboriginal heritage is Ngadjon/Mamu with Scottish and Irish settler ancestry from the Atherton Tablelands and Cairns region. His works explore his First Nations and Anglo-Australian heritage and pose it in conversation with Australia’s colonial past, exploring links between contemporary and historic culture and the legacies of cultural memory and knowledge.
“There is a knowledge system that exists culturally and linguistically in almost every ecological place, so it makes sense to consider Country as a temporal as well as physical space,” says Mellor.
Mellor’s work is held in notable institutional collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and MCA Collection, Sydney; and in international museums including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa the British Museum, London and the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. The artist has received the MCA Australia’s Sculpture Commission in 2019, the National Gallery of Australia Member’s 2019 Acquisition Fund, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 2009.
Mellor will present his debut exhibition with N.Smith Gallery in 2023.
Mellor is also represented by TOLARNO Galleries, Melbourne.
This article was posted 10 December 2022.
Image Courtesy: the artist and N. Smith Gallery, Sydney.