We are very excited to be launching a new fundraising campaign to commission a major work by one of Australia’s most accomplished contemporary artists, Danie Mellor, for the Collection of the Cairns Art Gallery. Danie Mellor is currently only represented in the Collection by a work as an emerging artist and since that time he has gone on to become one of Australia’s most important and internationally recognised contemporary artists. We are thrilled that Mellor has agreed to complete a new work for $40,000 that specifically references his cultural connections, on his mother’s side, to the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. Similar to the work featured below Danie’s new work will reveal a dense and unique narrative relating to our land and people. Join our fundraising campaign now and become part of the exciting commissioning process.
Danie Mellor was born in 1971 in Mackay, Queensland. He studied at North Adelaide School of Art, Australian National University, and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design before lecturing at Sydney College of the Arts. Mellor has won numerous awards and his work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He is represented in all major Australian public galleries and numerous private collections and his exhibitions regularly are sold-out. Mellor is considered a major contemporary Australian artist whose work explores the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian cultures that has earned him “an important place in the visual narrative of Australian history”.
The Australian, January 2010
It is the passion and vision of all our donors and patrons that continues to make it possible for the Gallery to grow its Permanent Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.
Over the past three years, works acquired through the Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign have included a Fred Williams gouache from his famous Weipa series, a 1963 Donald Friend watercolour, and a recent painting by James Morrison Goodenough Bay 1959.
As a donor you will be an important part of the creative process. Over the coming year you will receive regular updates about the commissioned work and invitations to exclusive events at the Gallery, including opportunities to meet the artist and attend the gala unveiling of the commissioned artwork.
Image: Danie Mellor, Et In Arcadia Ego (Of Landscape And Memory) 2011, mixed media on paper, 152 x 226 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphey Gallery © Danie Mellor.