Dena Ashbolt was born and raised in London, United Kingdom, and graduated from the University of Westminster, London with a Bachelor of Arts – 1st Class Honours in Film and Photographic Arts. In 1982 she immigrated to Melbourne, Australia and in 2009 received her Masters of Fine Art by research from Monash University, Faculty of Art and Design, Melbourne. Ashbolt is currently a doctorial candidate at Monash University, Melbourne, her current research focuses on, ‘confronting the static, drawing on the effects of time’ a consideration of how time may be evoked through drawing movement.
Ashbolt’s artworks engage with perception and the passing of time. She explores the bitter sweet notion of time passing as evidenced by movement. In her most recent works Ashbolt has been using photographic stills to freeze the delicate motion found in the decay of flowers.
Dena Ashbolt has participated in many group exhibitions and has had solo exhibitions in Australia, Canada and Europe. Her work has been included in the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy, London and she has been the recipient of a United Kingdom Arts Council Grant. In Australia, she has undertaken a one-year Artist’s residency in Clifton Pugh’s paint studio at Dunmoochin, Victoria and a 6 week residency in the Pool Studio at Montsalvat, Victoria.
The artist presented her PhD examination exhibition Within the Buffer at the Monash University Faculty Gallery in 2015.
Dena Ashbolt joined the stable of artists at Alcaston Gallery in 2012. Her artworks have been collected by Nillumbik Shire Council Collection, Victoria, Australia, Lloyds Bank Limited, United Kingdom and National Westminster Bank, United Kingdom, and significant private collectors.
© The Artist & Alcaston Gallery, 2017
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 Solo Show, Farfield Mill, 2K Gallery, Cumbria, England
2012 PROJECT – Dena Ashbolt: Green Car on the Freeway, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
2012 So when do you throw the flowers out?, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 Witnessing Time, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2015 Within the Buffer, PhD examination exhibition, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2016 Comfortable Chaos – in collaboration with dance artist Olivia Millard, The Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2016 Dancing to Death – Watercolours 2013-14, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Selected Group Exhibitions
2008 Nillumbik Open Studios Group show, Montsalvat, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2009 Video Drawings, Postgraduate Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2009 Anxious Sight: Drawing Time Group show, Faculty Gallery Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2010 Tracing Space: Temporal Drawings, Solo show Gallerie du Viaduc, Montreal, Canada
2012 Accumulate – Proliferate, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 All About Art at Depot Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales represented by Alcaston Gallery Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2014 Transience, Montsalvat, Melbourne, Victoria
2015 Collective Urge – the Nillumbik Shire Collection, Montsalvat, Victoria, Australia
1991-1992 Artist residency, Clifton Pugh’s paint studio, Dunmoochin, Victoria, Australia
2009 Finalist, Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize
2009 WINNER, Nillumbik Shire Art Prize
2010 Finalist, 36th Alice Prize, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2011 Artist Residency, Montsalvat, Victoria, Australia
2012 Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
2012 Finalist, Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2012 Highly Commended, The Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Victoria, Australia
2014 The Nillumbik Prize, Finalist, Montsalvat, Victoria, Australia
2015 Drawing International Symposium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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