WATCH | Capturing Everyday Moments With Dani McKenzie

The 17th edition of the Fair continues to build on its commitment to platform and promote living contemporary artists, granting a behind-the-scenes preview into their unique, vibrant, and intimate studio spaces. 

The team at Melbourne Art Fair had the pleasure of speaking with Naarm/Melbourne-based artist, Dani McKenzie in her studio. Represented by MARS GalleryDani works from personal photographs and film stills. Her psychologically charged paintings construct fragmented narratives that are characterised by the everyday.

This year, Dani McKenzie’s largest work to-date will be featured in a solo presentation from MARS Gallery at the Fair, 22 – 25 February. For a behind-the-scenes preview of the Fair and a glimpse of Dani’s new works, watch the video below.

Since graduating from the National Art School in Sydney in 2016, she has held several solo exhibitions in Australia including: ‘Evening’s Empire,’ MARS Gallery, Melbourne (2022), ‘Close to Home,’ Olsen Gallery, Sydney (2022); ‘Nowhere Near,’ MARS Gallery (2021), and ‘Recognising Strangers,’ Olsen Gallery (2020). She has participated in several group exhibitions including ‘National Art-Part One,’ a touring exhibition of prominent alumni from the National Art School over 50 years (2018-2021), the ‘Paddington Art Prize,’ Sydney (2021), and the ‘Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize,’ Victoria (2021). In 2019, McKenzie was awarded the ‘Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize’ in Melbourne, and in 2017 she undertook the Onslow Storrier residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Launching Australasia’s annual art calendar, Melbourne Art Fair takes place 22 – 25 February at the Denton Corker-Marshall designed Melbourne Convention & Exhibitions Centre. Explore and collect contemporary art from leading Australasian galleries and Indigenous art centres by securing your tickets here.