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."
'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 Hous Projects, 31 Howard St, Soho, New York2006
Dianne Tanzer Gallery Melbourne Art Fair
Robin Gilbson Gallery Sydney Still Life and Landscape
Dianne Tanzer Gallery , Melbourne, Australiana.2004
Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney Australiana2003
Gallery 482 Australiana Brisbane2000
Brisbane Powerhouse Performing Arts Complex
– Photographs Opening - Inaugural Exhibition
Gallery 482, Fortitude Valley, This is what I think
Colour photographs and video projection installation Woman/Fountain
Gallery 482, Fortitude Valley, Black and White
Black and white photographs - unique prints.
Bundaberg City Art Gallery. Marian Drew - A Retrospective.
Showing selected photographic works from 1984 to 1997.
Brisbane City Art Gallery. Persistent Blindness.
Colour photographs and video installation. Artist Diaries 1986-1996
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Things Past.
Site Specific video installation, incorporating drawings, photographs, three video projectors and found objects.
Sommerville House, Artist in Residence Exhibition.
Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.
Large scale colour photographs.
Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney. New York Series.
Large scale colour photographs
Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane. New York Series.
Large Scale colour photographs
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 studion 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 Hous Projects New York Australian photography sculpture and painting
Boom ! Taiwan Australia New Media Arts Festival, 2 concurrent exhibitions- Taipei University and Taiwan University2007
Snap Freeze :Still Life Now Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria2007 Twenty artists Twenty years Museum of Brisbane2007
Antipodean Bestiary RMIT University Project Space Spare Room2007 Beneath the Surface Kick Arts Centre for Contemporary Art Cairns
PHOTO Los Angeles – the 16th International Photographic
Exposition 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. 2005 QCA Gallery, SouthbankChance Encounters Bejing Art Academy staff and their mentors -QCA Photography lecturers,.2004 Southbank Parklands Scribble Art +Architecture South Bank Simon Laws & Marian DrewFountain of river water , garden hoses, pump 36m x 6 m x 6 m
Back to Kassel- part 3- Photographie Kassel Kunstverein, Germany. (15 works)
Camera-less – Another View point, Qld Centre for Photography2002 Awake Asleep -Double exposures -Thomas Bachler/Marian Drew Australia Centre, Berlin 2001 Styx-Projektionen Video Art European Kunst Akadamie Trier Germany 2001 Buried in Cotton Large scale photograms as Palladium prints on cotton paper, 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.
Curated by the Noosa Regional Art Gallery.
Agfa Photographic Award Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Gallery NSW.
A Matter of Making, Canberra School of Art Gallery.
The Power to Move, Queensland Art Gallery.
5 Photographers, Gallery 482, Brisbane.
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. Carpet and Video projection.
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.
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
Griffith University 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