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Active:  Australia
Contemporary Australian photographer and video artist. 
Artist statement: 
I specialize in photography and video, focusing in the areas of hybridisation of drawing and photography through studies in the studio and the darkroom, and responses to landscape. The significance of history in the present and the relevance of 'landscape’ in forming contemporary cultural identity frames the production of my photographic as well as video installation works. This research includes an exploration of the relationship between photography and painting, the European Still life genre in the context of Australian wildlife.

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Marian Drew

1988 Diploma of Teaching (TAFE), Mt Gravatt College of Advanced Education, Brisbane, Australia
1984-1985 Post graduate study at Kassel University, (HBK) Germany, DAAD scholarship (German Government Academic Exchange Service). Travelled and studied art in the major collections of England and Europe with the assistance of a Dyason Bequest administered by the New South Wales Art Gallery
1980-1984 Awarded Bachelor of Visual Art with Letter of Merit, majoring in Photomedia (four year degree) Canberra School of Art, Canberra, Australia
Solo exhibitions
2006 “Marian Drew: photographs + video works”, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Australia
2006 “Marian Drew: Still Life & Landscape”, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005 “Still Lives”, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2005 “Still Lives”, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Australia.
2004 “Australiana”, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2003 ‘Australiana’ Gallery 482, Brisbane
2000 Marian Drew - Powerhouse - Inaugural Exhibition of Powerhouse Performing Arts Complex
1999 Gallery 482, Fortitude Valley, This is what I think (Colour photographs and video projection installation Woman/Fountain)
1998 Gallery 482, Fortitude Valley, Black and White (Black and white photographs - unique prints.)
1997 Bundaberg City Art Gallery. Marian Drew - A Retrospective (Showing selected photographic works from 1984 to 1997)
1996 Brisbane City Art Gallery. Persistent Blindness (Colour photographs and video installation. Artist Diaries 1986-1996)
1994 Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Things Past (Site Specific video installation, incorporating drawings, photographs, three video projectors and found objects.)
1993 Sommerville House, Artist in Residence Exhibition. (Colour photographs)
1992 Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney. (Large scale colour photographs)
1990 Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney. New York Series (Large scale colour photographs)
1990 Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane, New York Series. (Large Scale colour photographs)
1988 Canberra School of Art, Photospace Gallery (Colour Photographs made in Germany and Brisbane) 1987 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane (Colour Photographs)
1986 Gallery Etoile, FNAC - Fonds National D’Art Contemporain, Paris, France (Colour Photographs - Bush Projection Series)
1985 Kassel University Gallery, Kassel, Germany. Drinnen-Draussen (Exhibition of Colour Photographs made in Germany and Australia and Installation involving two slide projectors and 4 meter hay stake and 5 meter paper figures.)
1983 Images Gallery, Sydney (Colour Photographs)
Selected group exhibitions
2006 “Animal as Allegory”, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
2006 “Artifice: Recent Queensland Photography”, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
2005 “ARC Art and Design Festival”, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane, Australia
2005 “Chance Encounters”, QCA Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2004 “Sleight”, Redland City Gallery”, Redland, Australia. (Travelling to Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia)
2004 “Scribble/Art +Architecture /South Bank River Festival”, South Bank, Brisbane, Australia
2004 “Back to Kassel” (part 3), Photographie Kassel Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
2004 “Camera less – Another View point”, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Australia
2002 Awake Asleep -Double exposures -Thomas Bachler/Marian Drew Australia Center, 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
1999 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
1998 Signature Works - 25 Years of Australian Photography, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney
1998 Sculpture by the Sea Olympic Arts Festival, Collaborative site specific installation with Bruce Reynolds, Rex Roubin (Curated by the Noosa Regional Art Gallery)
1996 A Matter of Making, Canberra School of Art Gallery
1996 The Power to Move, Queensland Art Gallery
1996 5 Photographers, Gallery 482, Brisbane
1994 Mad and Bad Women, Queensland College of Art Gallery, travelling Qld
1994 Eidectic Experience, Contemporary Queensland Photography, Travelling Exhibition
1993 First Asia-Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery. Represented Australia
1992 Twentieth Century Fops, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Installation with Bruce Reynolds. Carpet and Video projection
1992 Empty Land, curated by Camerawork London and travelling the United Kingdom
1990 Fragmentation and Fabrication, Recent Australian Photography, Art Gallery of South Australia
1990 The Artist’s Eye, curated by Alun Leach-Jones and Colin Lancely. Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
1989 Private Views - Public Spaces, curated by Queensland Art Gallery
1988 Seven Queensland Women Artists of Distinction, Queensland College of Art Gallery
1988 To Climb a Mountain, Noosa Regional Art Gallery
1987 Moments in Queensland Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery
1986 Young Contemporaries, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1985 Kasseler Kunstler, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany
1983 New Light, Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography, Sydney
1982 Three Canberra Artists, Australian Craft Council Gallery, Canberra
Still Life/Australiana (2003-current)
Watergram (2005-current)
National Parks (2005-2006) Awake Asleep – Marian Drew/Thomas Bachler (2002-current)
Pond (2001)
Powerhouse (2000)
Light Matter (1999)
Darkroom events (1998)
Persistent Blindness (1996)
Wynnum History
New York (1992)
Germany (1989)
Bush Projections (1988)
Holes (1982)
Brisbane City Council
Queensland University of Technology
Art Gallery of South Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
Power House Arts Complex
Museum for Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Griffith University Collection
Suncorp Collection
University of South East Queensland
Monash University
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 
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