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ANTE DABRO (BORN 13 JANUARY 1938, ČAVOGLAVE, CROATIA)

Ante Dabro

Born: 13 January 1938, Čavoglave, Croatia

Ante Dabro (born 13 January 1938, Čavoglave, Croatia) is a Croatian-born Australian artist/sculptor and art teacher who has lived and worked in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory since the late 1960s.
Dabro's sculptures are typified by angular form; many are nudes and bronzes. His work is said to embody universal themes, "suffering, hope, sexuality, heroism, spirituality" but also silently acknowledge the 'outsider'.[1]

Contents

1 Biography
2 Principal works
3 Career
4 References

ANTE DABRO ANTE DABRO AT WORK IN HIS WORKSHOP STUDIO AT EN:CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. BEHIND ARE THE FULL SIZED MODELS FOR GENESIS AT LEFT AND RESILIENCE; ON THE FLOOR ARE THE UNASSEMBLED PARTS IN CAST BRASS FOR MOTHER AND CHILD. AT DABRO'S FEET IS HIS AUSTRALIAN SILKY TERRIER, CHIKO. Ante Dabro at work in his workshop studio at en:Canberra International Airport. Behind are the full sized models for "Genesis" at left and "Resilience"; on the floor are the unassembled parts in cast brass for "Mother and Child". At Dabro's feet is his Australian Silky Terrier, Chiko.

Biography

1938      Born Croatia 13 January
1964      Graduate, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb
1964-1967      Group Exhibitions, Former Yugoslavia
1966      Master of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb
1967      Commission, Bihac City Square, Bosnia-Hercegovina
1968      Commission ACT Electricity Authority, Electricity House, Canberra Solo Exhibition, Australian Sculpture Gallery, Canberra
1969      Solo exhibition, Maquarie Galleries, Sydney Appointed part time teacher at Canberra School of Art
1970      Solo exhibition, Maquarie Galleries, Sydney
1971      Appointed full time lecturer at Canberra School of Art
1972      Group Exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart Solo Exhibition, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney Solo Exhibition, Reid Gallery, Brisbane
1973      Solo exhibition, Macquarie Galleries, Canberra Group Exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
1975      Commission, St Augustine Church, Farrer, ACT Group exhibition, Macquarie Galleries, Canberra
1976      Group Exhibition, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1977      Solo Exhibition,Solander Gallery, Canberra Solo exhibition, Toorak Galleries, Melbourne
1979      Solo Exhibition, Flitcroft Gallery, London, Group exhibition, Solander Gallery Canberra
1980      Solo Exhibition, Solander Gallery, Canberra
1982      Group Exhibition, Mildura Sculpture Triennial Winston Churchill Fellowship, Study tour of Europe, USA and UK
1982-1983      Commission, Portrait Bust of Sir Robert Garran, Garran Offices, ACT
1983      Commission, St Matthews Church, Page ACT Solo Exhibition, Philip Bacon galleries Brisbane
1984      Commission, Brisbane Cultural Centre
1985      Artist in Residence, Melbourne University
1986      Commission, Memorial, Royal Australian Navy, ANZAC Parade, Canberra, [two stage national competition]
1987      Solo Exhibition, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney Finalist, Memorial, 'Simpson and his Donkey', Australian War Memorial
1988      Finalist, Memorial, Australian Army, ANZAC Parade, Canberra Solo Exhibition, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane Group Exhibition, Sculpture Park 88, Gosford, NSW Group Exhibition, Mildura Sculpture Triennial
1989      Commission, Australian Liberal Party miniature bust of Sir Robert Menzies Australian Government Commission, for French Bicentenary, sculpture of La Perouse now positioned in Paris Group Exhibition, World Bienale of Croatian Art, Toronto, Canada Semi finalist, Vietnam Memorial, ANZAC Parade, Canberra
1991      Staff Exhibition, Canberra School of Art Travel Award, [Europe] French-Australian Endowment Foundation
1993      Professional Educational Practices, Award for travel to Europe, Institute of the Arts, ANU
1994      Finalist, Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Memorial
1995      Solo Exhibition, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney Group Exhibition, Canberra National Sculpture Forum
1996      Group Exhibition, First Canberra Drawing Biennale
1997      Group exhibition, 'A face in the crowd', National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Group exhibition, Croatia Horizons, A survey of Croatian Artists' achievements outside their homeland, klovicevi Castle, Zagreb, Croatia Group exhibition, Sculpture 9, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1998      Group exhibition, Sculpture 10, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1999      Professional Educational Practices Award, Institute of the Arts ANU, for studio practice
1999      Retrospective solo Exhibition, 1969-99, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
2000      Survey Exhibition, Form and Line, Bega Regional Gallery, N.S.W.
2001      Group show Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2001      Commission, Australian National University, Judith Wright Court
2002      Solo Exhibition, Philip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane
2004      Artist in Residence, Kyoto Seika University, Japan Solo Exhibition, Gallery Space, Kyoto, Japan
2004 -   Commissions, Canberra International Airport, Brindabella Business Park, ACT
2008      Commission, Consolidated Builders, City Walk, ACT

Selected Collections
1973-    Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
1973-2008      Canberra College of Advanced Education/University of Canberra
1983-2002      Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
1984      Brisbane Cultural Centre
1987      Australian War Memorial, Canberra
1989      City of Paris, France,
1990      La Perouse Museum, Sydney Australian National University, Collection
2002      CMAG (Canberra Museum and Galleries)
2004      Kyoto Seika University Collection
2004 -    Terry Snow Collection, Brindabella Business Park, ACT

Current Commissions

Main Terminal, Canberra Airport
Terry Snow, Botanical Gardens and Residence, Bawley Point, NSW

Principal works

A selection of Dabro's works are listed:

Royal Australian Navy Memorial, Canberra - Sailors and Ships - Interaction and Interdependence (1986), unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 1986-03-03, the 75th anniversary of the Navy.

Australian National University[2]:
Contemplation (2002) - a response to the poetry of Judith Wright
Sir Winston Churchill (2001) - Winston Churchill Trust

Brindabella Business Park, Canberra International Airport; these are in the collection of the airport's owner, Terry Snow, and are on loan to BBP:
four bronzes at water features, Susanne, Dancer, and The Bathers,[3] all dated 2005[4]
a bronze figure Genesis (2009), unveiled 2009-06-02 by the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.[5]

Canberra City
"Resilience" (2009)

Saint Matthew, (1984), St Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Page, ACT

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ANTE DABRO - BRONZE FIGURE AND WATER FEATURE, JUDITH WRIGHT COURT, ANU

Bronze figure and water feature, Judith Wright Court, ANU

ANTE DABRO - DANCER (2005), BRONZE SCULPTURE, DANCER (2005), BY ANTE DABRO, AT BRINDABELLA BUSINESS PARK, CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PROPERTY OF TERRY SNOW, AIRPORT PROPRIETOR, ON LOAN TO THE AIRPORT/BUSINESS PARK. 1.5 LIFE-SIZED BRONZE NUDE, IN A REFLECTING POOL, BBP.

Dancer (2005), Bronze sculpture, Dancer (2005), by Ante Dabro, at Brindabella Business Park, Canberra International Airport Property of Terry Snow, airport proprietor, on loan to the airport/business park. 1.5 life-sized bronze nude, in a reflecting pool, BBP.

ANTE DABRO - THE BATHERS (2005), BRONZE SCULPTURE, BATHERS (2005), BY ANTE DABRO, AT BRINDABELLA BUSINESS PARK, CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PROPERTY OF TERRY SNOW, AIRPORT PROPRIETOR, ON LOAN TO THE AIRPORT/BUSINESS PARK. TWO 1.5 LIFE-SIZED BRONZE NUDES, IN A REFLECTING POOL, BBP.

The Bathers (2005), Bronze sculpture, Bathers (2005), by Ante Dabro, at Brindabella Business Park, Canberra International Airport Property of Terry Snow, airport proprietor, on loan to the airport/business park. Two 1.5 life-sized bronze nudes, in a reflecting pool, BBP.

ANTE DABRO - GENESIS SIGNATURE INCORPORATING THE FACE OF CHIKO (AUSTRALIAN SILKY TERRIER) ANTE DABRO + CHIKO (SIGNATURE) ON "GENESIS" (2009) SCULPTURE, CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

Genesis signature incorporating the face of Chiko (Australian Silky Terrier) Ante Dabro + Chiko (signature) on "Genesis" (2009) sculpture, Canberra International Airport.


ANTE DABRO - GENESIS (2008/9); BRONZE SCULPTURE GENESIS BY ANTE DABRO, BRINDABELLA BUSINESS PARK, UNVEILLED 2009 WITH DUE PUBLICITY FOR THE OWNER (TERRY SNOW) AND THE SCULPTOR. THERE IS NO TITLE ON THE SCULPTURE, NOR A PLAQUE NEAR IT. DABRO'S NAME IS FORMED ON THE BASE OF THE SCULPTURE, AND ALONGSIDE IT IS THE SMALL FACE OF A DOG. UNVEILLED 2009-06-02 BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL OF AUSTRALIA, QUENTIN BRYCE. 1.5 LIFE-SIZED BRONZE NUDE, EASTERN END OF BBP.

Genesis (2008/9); Bronze sculpture Genesis by Ante Dabro, Brindabella Business Park, unveilled 2009 with due publicity for the owner (Terry Snow) and the sculptor. There is no title on the sculpture, nor a plaque near it. Dabro's name is formed on the base of the sculpture, and alongside it is the small face of a dog. Unveilled 2009-06-02 by the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce. 1.5 life-sized bronze nude, eastern end of BBP.

ANTE DABRO - ST MATTHEW, (1984); ST MATTHEW (1984); BRONZE, LIFE-SIZE, SCULPTOR: ANTE DABRO; ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST MATTHEW, PAGE, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY.
St Matthew, (1984); St Matthew (1984); bronze, life-size, sculptor: Ante Dabro; Roman Catholic church of St Matthew, Page, Australian Capital Territory.

ANTE DABRO - STANDING FIGURE, (1981-82); 3/4-TO-FULL LIFE SIZE BRONZE. BRONZE STATUE, CONTEMPLATION 1981-82, BY ARTIST ANTE DABRO, IN THE COURTYARD OF UNIVERSITY HOUSE, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY; A GIFT OF THE ARTIST, 2004.

Standing figure, (1981-82); 3/4-to-full life size bronze. Bronze statue, Contemplation 1981-82, by artist Ante Dabro, in the courtyard of University House, Australian National University; a gift of the artist, 2004.

ANTE DABRO - SUSANNE (2005), BRONZE SCULPTURE, SUSANE, BY ANTE DABRO, AT BRINDABELLA BUSINESS PARK, CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PROPERTY OF TERRY SNOW, AIRPORT PROPRIETOR, ON LOAN TO THE AIRPORT/BUSINESS PARK. LIFE-SIZED BRONZE NUDE, SITS ON A WALL BESIDE A REFLECTING POND, BBP.

Susanne (2005), Bronze sculpture, Susane, by Ante Dabro, at Brindabella Business Park, Canberra International Airport Property of Terry Snow, airport proprietor, on loan to the airport/business park. Life-sized bronze nude, sits on a wall beside a reflecting pond, BBP.


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Career

1964 - graduate, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb
1966 - Master of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb
1967 - emigrated to Australia, settled in Canberra
1971-2004 - teacher, School of Art, Australian National University
1984-6 - commission, Royal Australian Navy Memorial, ANZAC Parade, Canberra
1989
commission, Liberal Party of Australia, miniature bust of Sir Robert Menzies
commission, Government of Australia, for French Bicentenary, sculpture of naval explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse (now in Paris)
1999 - Retrospective solo exhibition, 1969–99, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
2005 - commissions, for Terry Snow and Canberra Airport

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References

1^ Ante Dabro: Croatian born-Australian Sculptor, Dr Peter Read, Australian National University, accessed 29 January 2008
2^ Sculpture on Acton Campus (brochure), Australian National University, accessed 29 January 2008
3^ The Bathers unveiled, The Hub magazine, Canberra Airport, February 2006, accessed 29 January 2008
4^ Artist in residence, Brindabella Business Park website, accessed 2009-08-23
5^ Governor General of Australia to open sculpture by world renowned Artist Ante Dabro, media release, 2009-06-02, accessed 2009-08-23

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