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Daniel McKewen is a visual artist based in Meanjin (Brisbane) whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, screen culture, economics, and politics. Working across a range of media, his work explores how these institutions, systems and structures of power inform our individual and collective imaginations. The resulting artworks reflect on how our we are shaped and challenged by ideological and aesthetic conventions, and how these allow us to make sense of our social experiences.

In 2013 Daniel was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology for his thesis The Art of Being a Fan: Complicity and Criticality in Contemporary Art and Fandom. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Daniel is currently a Lecturer in Visual Art at QUT, was a founding member of the artist-run-initiative Boxcopy, and is a current board member of Metro Arts.

Daniel is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.



A Rising Tide

The Slow Cancellation of the Future

Desiderata I-XII

The ‘ideo-log’ Project

Promissory Estoppel – IMA Belltower Façade

Climbing (4502-4000)

Promissory Estoppel

Full Faith and Credit

Kuznets curve

The Past Devours the Future

All Change, No Future (Australia 1920-2010)

The Virtual Nation of Mammon

Confidence Games

Animal Spirits

The bears have killed Goldilocks

Spectral Values

I’ll Be Gone, You’ll Be Gone

Kafka on the Shore

Every face on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood covers 1995-2008

Trickle Down

Zarathustra’s Cave

Running Men

Conditions of Compromise and Failure (The Dickensian Aspect)

The passage of indeterminacy in the intensification of being

A Stunning Experience


Top Ten Box Office Blockbusters of All Time, in Dollars

Slow Down Mischa

Faces of Vanity Fair


Untitled (after Steven and John)

Something 2.0

Protected: Australia Council grant support material




2013  –  Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts), Queensland University of Technology
2006  –  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) Honours (First Class), Queensland University of Technology

Solo Exhibitions

2021  –  The Slow Cancellation of the Future, Milani Gallery at the Spring Hill Reservoirs, Brisbane
2019-20  –  Promissory Estoppel, IMA Belltower Façade Projection, Brisbane
2018  –  Paper Empire, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2016  –  Strange Loops, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
2014  –  Spectral Value, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
2012  –  Faces of Vanity Fair, QUT Public Art Billboard, Brisbane
2012  –  Distance, IMA@Ksubi, Brisbane
2012  –  The Art of Being a Fan, The Block, QUT, Brisbane
2011  –  Portraits, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2010  –  Top Ten Box Office Blockbusters of All Time, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2007  –  BETA, Boxcopy ARI, Brisbane

Selected Group Exhibitions

Welcome Home, Museum of Art, Rockhampton
Art Mixtape, HOTA, Gold Coast
Ramsay Art Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Conflict In My Outlook_Dont’ Be Evil, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
New For Old, Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane
Conflict In My Outlook_We Met Online
, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
New Media Gallery, Vancouver
Poetics of the Line, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
‘BAD’ Festival, Brisbane Quarter Pop-up, Brisbane
Class Act, Outer Space ARI, Brisbane
The Night Before, Pop-up Exhibition, Marrickville, Sydney
Presentism, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane
Creative Accounting (touring exhibition), UQ Art Museum, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery et al.
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
The R&M McGivern Prize
, ArtSpace at REALM, Ringwood
Neo-Normal (John Fries Award), UNSW Galleries, Sydney
Big Cheese (presented as part of Dark Mofo), Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
Resistance, Screengrab International Media Arts Award, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville
Text, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
Two Party State, Channels Video art festival, Melbourne
The Churchie national emerging art prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
The List, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
John Fries Memorial Prize, UNSW Galleries, Sydney
The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Newport
The Churchie national emerging art prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
NEW14, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Talk Show (after the break), Kudos gallery, Melbourne
With Open Arms, Blindside ARI, Melbourne
Bazinga!, Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland
Peripheral Visions: Contemporary art from Australia, Garis & Hahn Gallery, New York
The Social, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown
Gold Coast Art Prize 2012, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast
Greatest Hits Volume Three, IMA, Brisbane (touring)
SafARI Art Festival, The Rocks Popup, Sydney
Peeping Toms screening, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Grid North, The Block – QUT, Brisbane, (as Boxcopy)
The Knowledge, Post Museum, Singapore, (as Boxcopy)
Semiotics @ Play, Downtown Cool Media Festival, Tokyo
Structural Integrity, 2010 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, (as Boxcopy)
Some absolute beauties, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, (as Boxcopy)
Perfection, Metro Arts, Brisbane
The Light in Winter, Federation Square, Melbourne
Great Expectations, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
The Vernacular Terrain, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing
Greatest Hits/Previously Unreleased Tracks, IMA, Brisbane
Fresh Cut, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
International Digital Art, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing

Grants and Awards

Recipient – 2018 Arts Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Recipient – 2018 Creative Sparks Grant, Brisbane City Council
Recipient – 2015 Arts Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Recipient – 2013 New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Recipient – 2012 QANTAS Encouragement of Contemporary Art award
Recipient – QUT Postgraduate Research Award Scholarship
Finalist – 2021 Ramsay Art Prize
Finalist – 2016 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award
Finalist – 2016 John Fries Memorial Prize
Finalist – 2016 The R&M McGivern Prize
Finalist – 2015 Screengrab International Media Arts Award
Finalist – 2015 Sunshine Coast New Media Art Award
Finalist – 2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award
Finalist – 2015 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
Finalist – 2014 John Fries Memorial Prize
Finalist – 2014 The Substation Contemporary Art Prize
Finalist – 2014 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
Finalist – 2013 SOYA QANTAS Award – Visual Arts
Finalist – 2012 SOYA QANTAS Award – Visual Arts
Finalist – 2012 Gold Coast Art Prize

Selected Bibliography and Interviews

Class Act, Sophie Rose, Exhibition Review – Un Projects, 2019 (link)
Paper Empire,
Sarah Werkmeister, Exhibition Essay – Bus Projects, 2018 (PDF)
Neo-Normal, Oliver Watts –
John Fries Award Catalogue, 2016 (link)
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Jason Farago – Art in America magazine online, March 2014 (link)
An Outsider Looking In, Madeleine Stack – BOMB Magazine, August 2014 (link)
Set Piece, Marianne Templeton, Exhibition Essay for NEW 14 – ACCA, 2014 (PDF)
Daniel McKewen, NEW14 Artist Interview – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (link)
The List: Daniel McKewen
Das Platforms/Campbelltown Arts Centre (link)
Critic’s Choice
, Robert Leonard – Art Collector Issue 66 Nov-Dec 2013
In Pursuit of Critical Distance, Chris Handran, Exhibition Essay – IMA Publications (PDF)
Artist Profile – Daniel McKewen – SafARI 2012 (link)
Portraits, Anita Holtsclaw, Exhibition Essay – MetroArts, 2011 (PDF)

Commissions and Collections

Kick Off 2012 commission – Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
QUT Public Art Billboard – QUT Kelvin Grove, Brisbane
QUT Art Museum
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Artbank Collection
Private Collections


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