Dianna Wells is a Melbourne based photographer exploring 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.

Wells has been chosen as a finalist in numerous prizes and exhibitions including the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2015 & 2013), the Renaissance Photography Prize, London (2016 & 2015); and the Incinerator Art Award in Melbourne (2016 & 2014). Solo exhibitions include Suburban Geometric (Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, 2016 and Sofitel Melbourne On Collins 2014) and On Edge, (Edmund Pearce, 2012).

In 2016, Wells was the recipient of a City of Melbourne Arts Grant with the writer Sophie Cunningham, for a project titled ‘Boundaries’. She 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.

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

2016  Suburban Geometric, Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre
2014  Suburban Geometric, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
2012  On Edge, Edmund Pearce Gallery

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

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

2009  Picture This, Brunswick Street Gallery

2004  The State of Design, Melbourne Museum

1993  Poster Art in Australia, Walls Sometime Speak, National Gallery of Australia

Awards

2017
Runner up: Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Cityscape & Street photography

2016
City of Melbourne Arts Grant (with Sophie Cunningham)
Finalist: The Incinerator Award
Finalist: Renaissance Photography Prize
Finalist: The Alice Prize

2015
Finalist: Banyule Award for Works on Paper
Shortlisted finalist: Renaissance Photography Prize
Finalist: Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award

2014
Finalist: The Incinerator Award
Highly commended: Scope Art Award, Art Concerning Environment
Finalist: The Alice Prize
Finalist: Space & Place, Queensland Centre for Photography

2013
Finalist: Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award

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