Denise Keele-bedford

QUALIFICATIONS: BA Fine Art, Master of Fine Arts RMIT

Artist Statement

In creating my artworks a major influence is history, being a combination of long and short-term collective events, rituals or personal memories.
Production includes working in multiples to form a series or a single artwork.

Major interests are in the diversity of people, cultures and environments, particularly regarding spirituality within personal and cultural belief systems.

I completed a Master of Fine Art in 2002 at RMIT Melbourne Campus and in the same year traveled to China.  I continued to work between my studios in Melbourne and Beijing where projects, research and influences from both cultures are integrated and reflected in my artwork production.  Since closing  Beijing’s Huanghua Studio in 2019 I am now based in Melbourne.

Mediums are varied to suit the particular installation with consideration for the site or environment. Indoor and outdoor installations, site-specific works and individual artworks include materials such as textiles, paper, organic elements, found objects, porcelain, glass or bronze.


Recent Highlights

La Maison de Barbara AIR – Ayvalik Turkey June/July 2023

Eltham Art Show at Montsalvat – WINNER Best Sculpture sponsored by Meridian Sculpture   https://elthamartshow.org.au/2023-eltham-art-show-results/#3D

Warrandyte Rotary Art Show WINNER Best Work on paper

Warrandyte Artisans Group established with Jane Annois and Wayne Rankin 2022

Deep Blue Crossing in partnership with Fed Square at Fracture Gallery, The Atrium 1 – 30 November 2021

Arts Manningham Fellowship and Artist in Residency (FAIR) 2020

Legacy Planning for Older Women, in conjunction with Flesh After Fifty exhibition – Abbotsford Convent 18 March 2021

Shimenfeng Celebrity Culture Park AIR – Wuhan, Hubei China May/June 2019

Adrift an exhibition with Tan Yifeng – Red Gallery Contemporary Art Space 7 – 25 November 2018

paper only an exhibition with Pyo Inbu – K-YARC Gallery – Gwangju South Korea

EXISTENCE: Changsha International Women’s Exhibition – Mezzi Bookstore Art Space – Changsha China

Collections

La Maison de Barbara, Shimenfeng Celebrity Culture Park – Wuhan China,

BHG Beijing Hualian Department Store Co., Bundanon Trust, Loyola College, Nillumbik Shire Council, Containers Packaging, Zhengzhou Contemporary Art Museum, Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou, Redtory Art & Design Factory, EMG Art Guangzhou, Dapu International Art Centre, Da Qing Normal University, Imago Mundi: Luciano Benetton Collection, Heshun Cultural Development Art Museum, Private Collections, Hudson Center for Contemporary Art, Tasun Creative Art