Dan Elborne


IMAGE: Dan Elborne, 'Remains IV' 135 x 10.5 x 8cm, porcelain coated animal bones.
IMAGE: Dan Elborne, 'Remains II' 75.5 x 20.5 x 23cm, porcelain coated animal bones.
IMAGE: Dan Elborne, 'Remains III' 10 x 10 x 7cm, porcelain coated animal bones.
Dan Elborne is an artist based in Queensland, Australia. His preferred working material is clay. Primarily, Elborne creates ceramic installations, which draw from varying points of personal experience and significance. By utilising the fragile and precious nature of ceramics, he addresses sensitive historical events as well as cultural and political issues within contemporary society. Elborne’s large scale works alter the gallery environment, bringing viewers into a gentle space of contemplation and reflection.

Between 2011-13, Elborne completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts through the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He then completed an Honours year focussed on his ceramic art practice in 2014, which resulted in first class honours.

Throughout his degree, Elborne exhibited extensively within Australia; including shows at Artisan, QCA Gallery & The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Home at 735 Gallery, Conny Dietzschold Gallery & Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, as well as solo and collaborative exhibitions in Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery where his work is also part of their permanent collection (amongst several other private collections).

In 2012, Elborne established and directed the Red Door Gallery in USQ, enabling a space for students to curate and exhibit work, while simultaneously acting as a space for performances, critiques and official assessment. His work has been published in national and local magazines including Art Monthly Australia, as well as an essay, written by Dr. David Akenson, focussing on his work in internationally distributed journal: Ceramics: Art and Perception.

In 2014, Elborne was selected as one of twenty Australian emerging artists to travel to Sydney during Art Month and participate in a networking event (20/20) as part of the NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award. In the same year, he was awarded the Bellmaine French Appreciation Travelling Scholarship through USQ. This scholarship provided him the opportunity to plan a number of residencies, exhibitions, mentorships, and a teaching position in France during 2015.

Throughout 2015 - early 2016, Elborne participated in five artist residencies within France, Iceland and Denmark as well as exhibiting in Caen, France (La Fermeture Éclair Gallery), Vallauris, France (Le Cabanon Gallery), Ólafsfjörður, Iceland (Listhús Gallery), & Skaelskor, Denmark (Apple House Gallery). During his time abroad, Elborne also taught a ceramic workshop at Ateliers Fourwinds Art Centre (Aureille, France). His time overseas has resulted in circumstantial adjustments to his art practice, affording him the opportunity to extensively experiment with his chosen medium of clay, develop several large scale projects and largely extend his creative network.

Elborne has now returned to Australia to commence a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) through USQ.

'My environment and cultural experience provide the conceptual references for my art practice. The intersection of the personal with overarching historical events further informs the work.

Clay, as a material, enables me to respond to issues related to monumental moments in history often associated with tragedy and trauma. This interest has subsequently led to research on inhumane acts carried out under the guise of scientific experimentation.

In response to this; through the use of an experimental process, Remains represents the animalistic behaviours of mankind; highlighting the glorification of brutality within historical events and contemporary culture.'