Dan Elborne is an artist currently based in Queensland, Australia. His preferred working material is clay. Primarily, Elborne creates ceramic installations and sculpture, which intersect personal experience with broader-reaching subjects and historic events. Conscious of the historical and metaphorical potency of ceramics; Elborne utilises the inherent vulnerability, preciousness, permanence and transformational capability of his chosen material to address sensitive topics and instances of profound personal resonance and affect. Ultimately, Elborne’s work is designed, produced and exhibited to invite viewers into a gentle space of contemplation and reflection.
Elborne has exhibited extensively within Australia; including shows at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (TRAG) in Toowoomba; Artisan, QCA Gallery & The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane; Home at 735 Gallery, Conny Dietzschold Gallery & Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney; the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum & Science Gallery in Melbourne; Australian Parliament House in Canberra and Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart. Alongside this, Elborne’s work has been published and is part of both public and private collections across the globe.
Internationally, Elborne has participated in a number of artist residencies in France, Denmark, Iceland and Japan; some of which were supported by grants and/or scholarships. Alongside exhibiting at the location of those residency institutions, Elborne’s work has shown in London, Helsinki, Sweden, Copenhagen and Philadelphia.
Between 2011 and 2014, Elborne completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (majoring in visual art) with First Class Honours through the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Between 2016 and 2019, Elborne completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) through USQ, which, via practical and written outcomes, focussed on the role, relevance and responsibility of contemporary art in representing atrocities and trauma.
For current/upcoming exhibitions and further details on professional experience, please see his CV here
Featured Image: Courtesy of the artist. Photo Theresa Hall.
Profile Image: Courtesy of the artist. James Green.