An award-winning multi-media visual artist

Deanne is a proud Wadawurrung woman.

about the artist deanne gilson

Deanne is a proud Wadawurrung woman of Aboriginal and Australian/English descent.

Growing up in Melbourne first, then moving to regional Victoria at age seven, to live on what is called, ‘ancestral Country’ of Ballarat and surrounding areas, with her parents and three siblings, Deanne has a deep appreciation for the bush and the native flowers that surrounded her as a child.

An award-winning multi-media visual artist, with a practice spanning thirty-five years, Deanne is also the daughter of Aunty Marlene Gilson, a painter, with her own award-winning art practice. Deanne taught her mum how to paint in her mid- sixties, while recovering from cancer and is currently writing a book on the art of Marlene Gilson.

Currently undertaking a PhD looking at the objectification of Aboriginal women by the male colonial gaze and how this has affected Aboriginal women and what was known as traditional women’s business. Deanne’s recent artworks look at the colonial disruption of loss of family, culture, language and traditional women’s practices and how this continues to impact Aboriginal women today. Creating contemporary art that assists in healing, disrupting and challenging the gaze, through a reflective process. Highlighting and bring traditional marks alongside contemporary ones, women’s business and linking this to the practice of ceremony.

In addition, Deanne uses early childhood Western art influences in particular Vincent Van Gogh, Sonia Delaunay, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet amongst others and mixes them with traditional Aboriginal influences of culture, Country, spirit and ceremony. By doing so, keeping culture alive for the next generations and creating an artform that is unique to Deanne’s practice.

Deanne draws inspiration from both of her grandmothers, Rita Dalton a Wathaurung woman and Elsie Gilson, an English woman from Manchester, who came to Australia on what was known as Ten Pound Pom scheme.

All of which, have influenced an interesting career and continue to do so.

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