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Dena Ashbolt

Dena Ashbolt

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

Selected Achievments

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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