Marian Drew

Marian Drew was born in Australia in 1960 and studied visual art at Canberra School of Art from 1980 -1984. Drew studied in Germany, Experimental Photography, Kassel University,  post graduate studies 1984-1985 and has been Senior Lecturer, Photography Art Practice , at the Queensland College of Art from 1986 to current.

From 1983 to 2007  Marian Drew has held twenty one solo exhibitions in Australia, the United States, France and Germany.

She represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Drew's work is represented in National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, South Australian Art gallery and numerous other major photographic collections in Australia.

The first monograph "Marian Drew Photographs and Video Works", was published by the Queensland Center for Photography, in 2006.

She has held group exhibitions in China, Germany, the United States and over forty curatorial shows in Australia  between 1985 -2007.

Completed several major public art commissions in Australia for permanent architectural art works in public buildings 1998-2007.

Nominated as one of Australia’s fifty most collectable artists in Australian Art Collector magazine, 2006

Artist Statement - "Fresh Conversations"
'Fresh Conversations' connects table arrangements with narratives of play and landscape. "In response to traditions in still life painting I aimed in this work to raise the image of temporality and lightness and to bring a certain joie de vivre to the site and conversation of the table. Where traditional still life tableaux engage the viewer in allegories of wealth, power and mortality, these works explore playful exuberance and suggest ways for living."

Artist Statement "Every living Thing"
"In 2002, I travelled to Germany, where I studied the still life paintings in museums and in particular an extensive collection at Wilhelmshoehe, in the city of Kassel. On my return home these ideas united with the imagery of the animals I saw killed on roads in Australia. in the course of daily life these native animals are killed by cars, domestic pets or power lines and are easily found scattered beside the roads through our urban environments.

This new perspective made me question our existing relationship to wild animals, the wealthy landowners in Renaissance Europe believed that the abundance of nature was there for human consumption. I found correlations to these ideas whithin the local attitudes to wildlife that are killed in the drive for urban expansion and economic growth.

By imitating the historic painted forms of the 'Still Life', but replacing paint with photographic verisimilitude, and familiar European animals with Australian native species, a discord is exposed.

This work aims to overlay the historical and the present, the European with the antipodean and photography with painting, while exploring contemporary notions of death and a changing relationship to animals."

Solo exhibitions

Fresh Conversations, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Conceit, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne

Centrepiece, Turner Gallery, Perth
Fresh, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong

Ornamental, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney
Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

Body and Grace, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

All that Remains, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
Fancywork, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

Birds, Queensland Centre for Photoraphy
Birds, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

Every Living Thing, Hill smith Gallery, Adelaide
Every Living Thing, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
Every Living Thing, Australian Centre for Photography

Every Living Thing, House Projects, 31 Howard St, Soho,  New York

STILL LIVES 2, Dianne Tanzer Gallery  Melbourne Art Fair
Still Life and Landscape, Robin Gilbson Gallery Sydney

Still Lives, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

Australiana, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney

Australiana, Gallery 482, Brisbane

Marian Drew: Powerhouse Photographs, Brisbane Powerhouse Performing  Arts Complex Opening - Inaugural Exhibition 

This is what I think, Gallery 482, Fortitude Valley

Black and White, Gallery 482, Fortitude Valley

Marian Drew - A Retrospective, Bundaberg City Art Gallery. 

Persistent Blindness, Brisbane City Art Gallery

    Things Past, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

    Sommerville House, Artist in Residence Exhibition

    Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

    Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
    Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane

    Selected group exhibitions

    Volta Basel, Art Fare, Dianne Tanzer Gallery
    LA Photo, Queensland Centre for Photography, USA
    Animal Fanfair, Pine Rives Regional Art Gallery

    But mostly air, Australian National University Gallery, Canberra, ACT
    10 Years: 30 residencies, Turner Gallery, Perth, WA
    Silver, commissioned collaboration with Barbara Heath, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland
    Mentors: Inspirational Women Works, Smith Art Gallery, Sydney
    Year of the Bird, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW

    Animal Human, University of Queensland Art Museum
    Landscape an the Urban Environment, Amelai Johnson Gallery, Hong Kong
    Michael Reid, Berlin Art Fair Preview

    International Studio and Residency Program (ISCP) open studio exhibition

    In focus: Still Life, Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    Pingyao International Photography Fedstival, Australian Photography
    The State we are in - Contemporary Queensland Photography, University of Queensland Art Museum
    Synchronicity: Contemporary Queensland Photography, Redcliff City Art Gallery

    Human, House Projects, New York
    Boom!, Taiwan Australia New Media Arts Festival, Taipei University and Taiwan University
    Snap Freeze :Still Life Now, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria
    Twenty artists Twenty years, Museum of Brisbane
    Antipodean Bestiary, RMIT University Project Space Spare Room
    Beneath the Surface, Kick Arts Centre for Contemporary Art Cairns
    PHOTO  Los Angeles – the 16th International Photographic
    Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, USA

    Rockhampton Art Gallery Other Dimensions – Contemporary
    Photomedia from Australia, China and Japan -
    RMIT Art Gallery, Melbourne International Arts festival - The Idea of the Animal.

    Chance Encounters, Bejing Art Academy staff and their mentors, QCA Gallery, Southbank

    Back to Kassel- part 3- Photographie Kassel Kunstverein, Germany
    Camera-less – Another View point, Qld Centre for Photography

    Awake Asleep -Double exposures, Thomas Bachler/Marian Drew, Australia Centre, Berlin

    Styx-Projektionen Video Art, European Kunst Akadamie Trier Germany
    Buried in Cotton, Gallery 482, Brisbane

    Spatial Eclipse/ Temporal Anchorings - Changing Notions of Time and Space, Selected works by Frank McBride, Marlene Hall and Pat Hoffie, Qld College of Art Gallery

    Signature Works - 25 Years of Australian Photography, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney.
    Sculpture by the Sea, Olympic Arts Festival, Collaborative site specific installation with Bruce Reynolds, Rex Roubin.

    A Matter of Making, Canberra School of Art Gallery
    The Power to Move, Queensland Art Gallery
    5 Photographers, Gallery 482, Brisbaney

    Mad and Bad Women, Queensland Art Gallery , travelling Qld.
    Eidectic Experience, Contemporary Queensland Photography, Travelling Exhibition.

    First Asia-Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery. Represented Australia.

    Twentieth Century Fops, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Installation with Bruce Reynolds.
    Empty Land, curated by Camerawork London and travelling the United Kingdom.

    Fragmentation and Fabrication, Recent Australian Photography, Art Gallery of South Australia.
    The Artist’s Eye, curated by Alun Leach-Jones and Colin Lancely.  Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney.

    Private Views - Public Spaces, curated by Queensland Art Gallery.

    Seven Queensland Women Artists of Distinction, Queensland College of Art Gallery.
    To Climb a Mountain, Noosa Regional Art Gallery.

    Moments in Queensland Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

    Young Contemporaries, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

    Kasseler Kunstler, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany.

    New Light, Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography, Sydney.

    Three Canberra Artists, Australian Craft Council Gallery, Canberra.

    Public Collections

    J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
    National Gallery of Australia
    Brisbane City Council
    Queensland University of Technology
    Art Gallery of South Australia
    Queensland Art Gallery
    Power House Arts Complex
    Monash University
    Griffith University Collection
    Suncorp Collection
    University of South East Queensland
    Waiverly City Council Art Collection, Melbourne
    Fonds National D’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris, France
    Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
    Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland
    Australian Institute of Sport, Melbourne
    Artbank, Sydney

    Marian Drew

    Tasmanian Rosella with Apple

    archival pigment on hahnemule cotton paper

    90 cm x 110 cm
    Numbered 4 of 5

    Marian Drew

    Lorikeet with Green Cloth

    archival pigment on hahnemule cotton paper

    70 cm x 90 cm

    Marian Drew

    Crow with Salt

    archival pigment on hahnemule cotton paper

    70 cm x 90 cm
    Numbered 6 of 10

    Marian Drew

    Pelican on Paper and Linen

    archival pigment on hahnemule cotton paper

    70 cm x 90 cm
    Numbered 9 of 10

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