Dan Elborne is an artist currently based in Queensland, Australia. His preferred working material is clay. Primarily, Elborne creates ceramic installations, which blend personal experience with corresponding, broader-reaching subjects and historic events. Conscious of the historical and metaphorical potency of ceramics; Elborne utilises the inherent fragility, 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 2013, Elborne completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (majoring in visual art) 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. 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.

Elborne is currently represented by Alexandra Lawson Gallery in Toowoomba, QLD.

For current/upcoming exhibitions and further details on professional experience, refer to 'CV'.

Background photograph by Alec Shultz.