Alex Davern is a Hobart based visual artist whose practice sits on the boundary between abstraction and the representational. His artistic practice is driven by an ongoing interest in harnessing the emotional qualities of light through the depiction of architectural space and void.

Since graduating from the Tasmanian School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2012, Alex Davern has held numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and overseas, including The clouds have cameras (Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart), Transparent things (Bett Gallery, Hobart), On Belonging(s) (Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania), and erogazione in corso (Villa Lena, Palaia, Italy.) He has been selected for a number of Australian prizes including The Hadley's Art Prize, Tidal National Art Award and The Glover Prize. Davern has also undertaken numerous studio residencies, including Villa Lena (Palaia, Italy), Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery (Tasmanian Central Highlands), Launceston Church Grammar School (Launceston, Tasmania) and Contemporary Art Tasmania (Hobart, Tasmania.) His works are held in public and private collections, notably Artbank, National Gallery of Australia and Villa Lena Foundation.

Represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Bett Gallery, Hobart

Level 1
65 Murray Street
Hobart Tas 7000

T: +61 (0) 3 6231 6511

Alex Davern
Instagram: alex_davern
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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b. 1989 Lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania
2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Solo Exhibitions
2023 Uneasy Architect, Haus of Vovo, New Norfolk (two person exhibition w/ Rona Stern)
2021 The clouds have cameras, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
2019 Transparent things, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2018 erogazione in corso, Open Studio, Studio 3, Villa Lena, Italy
2018 Tartrazine, Project Space, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
2017 Doing the same thing over & over again, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston
2016 Household Gods, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2015 Everything, Nothing, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2013 Great Feast, Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
2011 Things & Stuff, Entrepôt Gallery, Hobart


Group Exhibitions

2019 On Belonging(s) curated by Erin Wilson, Devonport Regional Gallery
         The Space Beyond, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
2018 Tidal: National Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery
         Hadley's Art Prize, Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart
         Paint_18, Poimena Gallery, Launceston
         Black, Bett Gallery, Hobart
         Glover Prize, Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale
2017 Release, The Goods Shed, Macquiarie Point, Hobart
2016 Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery
         Winter Salon, Bett Gallery, Hobart
         Glover Prize, Falls Park Pavilion, Evandale
         Inappropriate Appropriate ideas, The Curated Shelf, Hobart
         Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival, Hobart
2015 Members Exhibition, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
         A Day on the Rat, Rat Palace, Hobart
2013 Art Auction Fundraiser, Constance ARI
         RACT Portraiture Prize, Hobart, Devonport & Launceston
         MONA staff prize, Stable Gallery, Moonah – winner
         The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-Op, Victorian College of the Arts,
2012 The Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-Op, Brooklyn, New York
         MONA staff prize, Stable Gallery, Moonah
2011 Continuum, UTAS Graduation Exhibition, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart
         Open Doors II, (TUU Painting & Printmaking Society), Long Gallery, Hobart
2010 Transition, Studio Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
         Open Doors, Entrepôt Gallery, Hobart
         Petite Painting Prize, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart
         UTAS Students, Gone AWOL, Hobart
2009 Ctrl C / Ctrl V, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart
         RACT Youth Portraiture Prize, Hobart & Launceston
         Rainy Days, Cube Art & Design, Hobart
2008 RACT Youth Portraiture Prize, Hobart & Launceston
Awards and Grants
2021 Shotgun 9, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
2019 Artist in Residence, Launceston Church Grammar School
2019 People’s Choice Award, Tidal18: National Art Award
2018 Artist in Residence, Villa Lena, Italy
2017 Artist in Residence, Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery
2017 Artist in Residence, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart
2014 Australia Council ArtStart Grant
2013 RACT Portraiture Prize Winner, Hobart
2007 Sony Summer Scholarship, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2019 Junction Arts Festival, TAS
2014 Giant Australia, VIC
Artbank, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia
Brooklyn Art Library, NY
Villa Lena Foundation, Italy
Private Collections
Professional Development
2018 Project Management Essentials, Swinburne University of Technology, Hobart
2016 Exhibition Research: 'Hound in the Hunt', Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
2015- Library Assistant, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
2012-15 Exhibition Development Assistant, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
2015- Night Window, Co-Founder & Curator, Hobart,
2014 RACT Tasmanian Portraiture Prize Judge
2011-12 Gallery Invigilator, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
Max Delany, 'The clouds have cameras', Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2021.
Andrew Harper. 'Pushing Boundaries', The Mercury: TasWeekend, 8-9 May, 2021, p.18.
Erin Wilson, 'On Belonging(s)', Devonport Regional Gallery, 2019.
Andrew Harper, 'Signs of the Times', The Mercury: TasWeekend, 7-8 September, 2019, p.21.
Andrew Harper, 'Tidal 18 People's Choice', The Mercury: TasWeekend, 9-10 February, 2019, p.21.
Amy Jackett, 'Catalogue essay', Hadley's Art Prize, 2018.
Tess Brunton, 'Poimena Gallery coincidence gives insight into Glover Prize finalists', The Examiner, 15 February, 2018.
Andrew Harper, 'Tartrazine', The Mercury: TasWeekend, 3-4 February, 2018, p.21.
Andrew Harper, 'The lightest touch', The Mercury: TasWeekend, 17-18 September, 2016, p.21.
Lucy Hawthorne, 'Exhibition Preview', Warp, September, 2016, p.26.
Stuart Roberts, 'Studio Tour: The Rat Palace, pseudo cultish organisation dedicated to the accumulation of vast
wealth', Tasmanian Arts Guide, 9 September 2015.
Lucy Wilson, 'art notes', Art Monthly Australia, October 2013: 264, p.61.
Alex Davern, 'Thirteen', Self published, September 2010.