Danie Mellor is a contemporary artist living and working in Bowral, New South Wales. Born in Mackay, North Queensland, his maternal family heritage is Aboriginal with Scottish and Irish settler ancestry from the Atherton Tablelands and Cairns region, and his father’s family emigrated to Australia from California in the early 1900s.
His research and practice explore intersections between contemporary and historic culture, and the legacies of cultural memory and knowledge. Mellor’s work is held in regional, state and national collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and international museums including the National Gallery of Canada, British Museum and National Museums Scotland.
In 2010 he was appointed to the Visual Arts Board at the Australia Council for the Arts and subsequently served as Chair of Artform until 2015. In 2020 he was appointed to the Board of MCA Australia and the Visual Arts Board of Create NSW.
Danie Mellor is creating a permanent artwork for the new State Library Station.
Filmmaker: Nigel Karikari/Thirdrow Films