Marian Drew is one of Australia's most significant photographic artists, with a practice spanning 30 years in both education and exhibition. She has held more than 25 solo exhibitions in Australia, United States of America, France, Hong Kong and Germany and over 100 group shows in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, China, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, Peru and the United States.
Marian Drew lives in Brisbane Australia, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and PhD candidate at the Canberra School of Art and Design, Australian National University. She was Queensland College of Art (QCA) Director of the Photography Program 2005-2016, and QCA Deputy Director, 2001-2003, where she taught full time 1986-2016.
Her art work is held in collections that include the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, National Gallery of Australia, Fonds National D’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris, France, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Monash Gallery of Art, Queensland University Art Museum, Murdoch University and Artbank.
She represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial 1993, Dubai Photo, 2016, Musée du Quai Branly, PhotoQuai, Paris 2011, and the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 2010. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Art in 1984 at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, and was awarded a German Government Scholarship from the German government DAAD to study Experimental Photography, at Kassel University, Germany. The Dyason Bequest administered by the NSW Art Gallery assisted her studies in the major art collections of Europe.
She has received several commissions that include the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Brisbane Magistrates Court, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane River Festival, and Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Great Walks, and completed Australia Council international residencies in New York 1989, 2011 and Los Angeles, 1994.
Recent solo exhibitions in Australia include; Strata This is no Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, 2020, Borrowed Landscapes, Tweed Art Gallery, 2019, Marian Drew Survey, Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane, 2019; Devonian Flesh Swallowing the Cave, Turner Gallery, Perth 2018; Inheritance, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, 2017; Fresh, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, 2016; Conceit, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts Melbourne, 2015; Fresh, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2015; Centerpiece, Turner Gallery Perth, 2014; Basel Volta, Switzerland, 2014 and Ornamental, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, 2013. Her monograph, Marian Drew Photographs and Video, was published by the Queensland Centre for Photography in 2006.
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