Mark Dustin

Biography

Mark Dustin is a Melbourne based artist and arts educator from New Zealand whose practice questions the value and veracity of images in contemporary media saturated environments, part of his ongoing research into digital processes within the ever expanding field of contemporary printmaking.

He explores appropriated materials, which are borrowed from painting, printmaking, art history and design. Using iPhones to photograph, design processes to manipulate, and outsourced commercial print production methods, he creates work that investigates the methodology of digital printmaking in an attempt to re-encode ambiguity and challenge authenticity. Pushing printing technologies beyond their protocols, Dustin merges the digital and the analogue, creating one of a kind works out of infinitely reproducible source material.

Dustin’s practice is one of ongoing inquiry into popular culture and media, representations of mortality, the construction of the image at the level of the pixel and exploration of established definitions of art production. Investigating the abstract image alongside the digital print is part of a wider attempt to deconstruct and examine the artifice in contemporary media environments.

Dustin is the Head of the Drawing & Printmaking Department at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. He holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland. He has been a finalist in The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards, Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards, and The North Shore City Art Awards.

EDUCATION

2000 – 2003 Doctorate Degree in Fine Arts – Printmaking / Painting Departments, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

1998 – 1999 Masters Degree in Fine Arts – Printmaking Department, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

1994 – 1997 Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts and Design – Printmaking Department, AUT School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

AWARDS

2018 Finalist, The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Waikato Society of Arts, Hamilton, New Zealand

2016 Finalist, The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Waikato Society of Arts, Hamilton, New Zealand

2015 Finalist, Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, VIC

2014 Finalist, The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, The Fremantle Arts Centre, Freemantle, WA

2010 Finalist, The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Waikato Society of Arts, Hamilton, New Zealand

2005 Finalist, The North Shore City Art Awards, Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

2001 Finalist, The North Shore City Art Awards, Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2018 The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Waikato Society of Arts, Hamilton, New Zealand

2017 Museum of Lost Public Notices, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

2017 Art 150, Margaret Lawerence Gallery, Melbourne

2016 8th International Printmaking Biennial 2016, Douro, Portugal

2016 Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn. New York, USA

Full CV

Exhibitions