Despa Hondros

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

Despa has traced a particular trajectory in drawing, working from a pared down repertoire of elemental forms – circles and lines – which she methodically repeats within the visual field.  The viewer’s attention is drawn to these repeated forms, where one image can be made up of tens of thousands of marks representing an atom or particle of the subject. Effects of movement, depth of tone and contrast are created by the intensely detailed repetition of the marks, experienced at both retinal and psychological levels.

Awards and prizes:

2020    Finalist, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australia (Withdrawn)

2015    Finalist, Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, TAS
2014    Finalist, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, South Australia
2013    Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2013, Adelaide Perry Gallery, NSW
2012    Finalist, National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery,Victoria
2010    Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australia  
2010    Finalist, Williamstown Contemporary Art Award, Victoria 
2008    Finalist, Toorak Village Sculpture Award, Victoria
1988    Finalist, Matilda Bay Art Prize Australia Today, Western Australia

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2016   Drawings, New works on paper, 45Downstairs, Melbourne, Victoria
2007   Posidonia, Works on Paper, SPAN Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria
1992   Urban Etc, Latest works, Ardross Gallery, Perth, Western Australia 
1991   Perth Now, Paintings and drawings, Gallery 257, Perth, Western Australia

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2020   The Salon, And Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2019   DrawingStrength, Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, Victoria

2018   The Other Art Fair, Melbourne, NSW

2017   The Other Art Fair, Sydney, NSW

2017   The Other Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria

2016   Vale St Studio Artists, Brightspace, Melbourne, Victoria
2015   Hutchins Art Prize, Long Gallery, Hobart ,Tasmania
2014   The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum 
2013   Exploration 13, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2013   Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry Gallery, NSW
2012   National Works on Paper, Mornington Regional Gallery, Victoria
2011   330, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, Victoria
2011   Drawing IN, Clement Meadmore Gallery, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2011   Vale St Studio Artists, Town Hall Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, Victoria
2011   Director's Choice, Carbon Black Gallery, Prahran, Victoria
2010   330, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, Victoria
2010   The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum  
2010   Williamstown Contemporary Art Award, Substation Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2010   Black and white (shades of grey), Pigment Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2009   Chapman & Bailey Art Award, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne
2008   Toorak Village Sculpture Award, Melbourne, Victoria
2008   Post Card Show Linden - Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
2007   Post Card Show Linden - Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
1997   Gasworks Drawing Exhibition, Rose Hotel, Port Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

Collections:

Agnes Gund Foundation Collection, New York, USA

Port Phillip City Council, Melbourne, Victoria

Private and corporate collections in Holland, Sweden, Japan, USA, UK and Australia