Dianna Wells is an Australian, Melbourne based artist, currently utilising hand-printed analogue photography, lumen prints and digital processes – to explore themes related to the intersection of the natural landscape with human presence and the built form. Her focus has been the change to the environment with the expansion of urban development on peripheral zones, geographic boundaries within cities and more recently introduced species growing wild in natural environments.

Over the past 10 years, Wells has been chosen as a finalist in numerous prizes and exhibitions in Australia, London and Barcelona. In collaboration with the writer Sophie Cunningham, she was the recipient of a City of Melbourne Arts Grant in 2016, for a project titled ‘Boundaries’. The project entailed walking, taking photographs and writing about Melbourne’s city boundaries – resulting in the publication of a chapbook, a public panel at The Wheeler Centre and walking tours.

Wells began her career as a printmaker after studying at the Canberra School of Art. After a career in design, Wells completed a Masters by Research (photo media) at Monash University in 2013 and currently has a Creative Spaces studio at The Meat Market in Melbourne.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2013  Masters by Research, Fine Art (Photo-media), Monash University
1983  Bachelor of Visual Art, Canberra School of Art (Australian National University)

Solo exhibitions

2018 Finding Wild, Glen Eira Gallery (forthcoming)
2018 Coastal Collection, Bargoonga Nganjin, City of Yarra (forthcoming)
2016  Suburban Geometric, Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, City of Hume
2014  Suburban Geometric, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne
2012  On Edge, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne

Group exhibitions

2017
Eb and flow, Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne
10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition, Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona
Lens Mist, G3 Artspace, Melbourne
Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

2016
Incinerator Art Award, Incinerator Art Gallery, Melbourne
Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London
Victory, woman artists working in Victoria, Gaffa, Sydney
The Alice Prize,
 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Black Lines, Black Eye Gallery, Sydney

2015
Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London
In Space, Banyule Award for Works on Paper, Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne
Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery

2014
Collective, Perth Centre for Photography 
Moreland Summer Show,
Counihan Gallery, Melbourne 
Incinerator Art Award, Incinerator Art Gallery, Melbourne
Silhouette, Red Gallery, Melbourne
Art concerning Environment, Scope Galleries, Warrnambool
The Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Space & Place, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

2013
Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery
Got the Message? Art Gallery of Ballarat

2012  Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography

2010/2011  Colloquium, Monash University

2005–2009  Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography

Awards

2017
Finalist: Hariban Award, Benrido Collotype, Kyoto, Japan
Runner up: Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Cityscape & Street photography

2016
City of Melbourne Arts Grant (with Sophie Cunningham)
Finalist: Renaissance Photography Prize, London

2015
Shortlisted finalist: Renaissance Photography Prize, London

2014
Highly commended: Scope Art Award, Art Concerning Environment

2012
Winner: Best Landscape Image, Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Semi-finalist: Moran Contemporary Photography Prize

2011
Monash University travel grant

Collections

City of Melbourne, Art and Heritage collection
National Gallery of Australia
State Library of Victoria
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Art Gallery of Western Australia