Mark Dober C.V.


2001-05   PhD in Fine Art (Painting), Monash University.
Awarded Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal.

1996–97  Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts

1983–90 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), RMIT University

Solo exhibitions

2022      On the Land, Swan Hill Regional Gallery

2022      The Edge of Town, Castlemaine Art Museum

2021      Murrumbidgee, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (main Gallery)

2021      Nymphaea, Warwick Regional Gallery, Warwick, Queensland

2021      Sasse and Dober, Alexandra Sasse Gallery

2019      Vineyard, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura

2018      Past and Present, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney (with Elizabeth Nelson)

2018      Edge of the studio, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW (with Elizabeth Nelson)

2017      You Yangs, Geelong Art Gallery

2017      Aglow: paintings and drawings from Castlemaine, Steps Gallery

2016     TheYou Yangs, Steps Gallery

2015     Immanence, Steps Gallery

2014    Touching Nature,Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre

2013      Presence, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre

2011      After the rain, Catherine Asquith Gallery

2009      Recent works, Dickerson Gallery


Recent curated exhibitions

2022     Reflections on the Castlemaine Art Museum collection, Castlemaine Art Museum

2022     Viewpoints: Wollemi National Park, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery and Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW (with              Marie Mansfiedl and Rebecca Rath)

2022      Draw, Alexandra Sasse Gallery (group show of 12 artists)

2022      Plein-air painting: Five artists, Newstead Arts Hub

2022      Drawing exhibition, Hill End Art Gallery, NSW

2021      9 x 5, Hill End Art Gallery

2021      Christmas Group Show, Alexandra Sasse Gallery

2020     Christmas Group Show, Alexandra Sasse Gallery, Melbourne

2019     From Nature Sprung: plein air landscape painting exhibition, Cascade Art, Maldon

2019     Darkness and light: landscapes of central Victoria (with Michelle Kettle and Joanne Sisson), Central Goldfields Art Gallery

2016     Verdant Garden, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre 2016     Legacy of the Impressionists, Whitehorse Artspace


Selected art prize exhibitions

2022    Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

2022    Alice Bale Art Award, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

2022    Salon des Refuses, (Archibald Prize), S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2022    Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Montsalvat

2022    Maldon Portrait Prize, Edge Gallery, Maldon Vic

2021    Salon des Refuses, (Archibald Prize), S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2021    Flow Contemporary Watercolour Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery

2021    Lyn McCrea Drawing Prize, Noosa Regional Gallery

2021    Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery

2021    Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, NSW

2020    Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Qld

2020    Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2020    Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize, Qld College of Art, Griffith University, Qld

2020    Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery

2020    Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2019    Arthur Guy Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2019    Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize

2019    Salon des Refuses, (Archibald Prize), S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

2019    Hazelhurst Works on Paper Prize, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW

2019    Banyule Award for Works on Paper

2019    Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery

2019    Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre

2018    Black Swan Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia

2018    John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery

2018    Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery

2018    Kennedy Prize, Royal South Australian Society of Arts

2018    Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2018    Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award, Swan Hill Regional Gallery

2018    Gallipoli Art Prize

2017      Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize

2017      NSW Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament

2017      Banyule Award for Works on Paper

2017      Tattersalls Art Prize

2017      Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

2017      John Glover Art Prize

2016      NSW Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament

2016      Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Art Gallery

2016      Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2016      Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery

2016      Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

2015      City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

2015      NSW Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament

2015      Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Sydney

2014      John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Regional Art Gallery

2014      M Collection Award, Gallerysmith

2013      Len Fox Painting Award, Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery

2013      Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize

2011      Len Fox Painting Award, Castlemaine Art Gallery

2010      Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery

2010      Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award

2008      John Glover Art Prize

2007      Banyule Works on Paper Art Prize

2006      John Leslie Art Prize                                                  

2004      Fleurieu Prize

Residencies and teaching

2022       Mt Alexander Shire, Event Grants Program

2022       Tweed Regional Gallery, Residency

2022       Big Ci Residency, Blue Mountains, NSW

2021       Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Residency

2021       Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, Residency

2020      Regional Arts Fund Relief Program grant

2020      Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative grant

2020      Myer Foundation: National Assistance for the Arts grant

2018      Eramboo, Sydney, residency

2018/17 Convenor of Art Club, Incinerator Arts Centre

2018      Watercolour class, Fiji

2017      Hill End, NSW, residency

2017      Plein-air workshop, Geelong Art Gallery

2017      Plein-air workshop, National Gallery of Victoria

2017      Mixed media workshop, Bendigo Art Gallery

2016      Strathnairn Arts Centre, ACT, residency


Francesco Salvo, ABC news video: ‘Plein air painter captures flooding Murray River in grand-scale artwork’, 10 October 2022

Phoebe Doyle, “Artist captures water, colours”, Swan Hill Guardian, 30 September 2022, p.22

An intimate distance, conversations with artists during the lockdown, No.2, Mark Dober, published on the Alexandra Sasse Gallery webiste, October 2021

Conversations with artist Mark Dober, a video interview by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, 23 July 2021

Sandy Pottinger, Around the galleries, “Nature inspires artists”, The Chronicle (Warwick, Qld), 19 March 2021

Karina Devine, “Finding Poetry in the landscape”, Southern Living and Real Estate, April 2021, p.8

“Rock of Ages features in new exhibition”, Tarrangower Times (Maldon), 12 March 2021

“Interview”, James McArdle’s blog: On this Date in Photography, 30 April 2020

Dober, M., Castlemaine Art, newsletter published by Mark Dober, May 2019 – present. These can be seen at this website, at ‘Writing and Newsletters’.

Dober, “Reflections on the Castlemaine Art Museum: Dober on Williams”, Reflections, No. 7, Castlemaine Art Museum, May 2020.

“Cardross landscape inspires watercolour painting”, Sunraysia Daily, 17 August 2019

Cover image – Dober, You Yangs Painting 24, 2016 – for Chris Wallace-Crabbe‘s new book of poetry, Rondo, published by Carcanet Press, Manchester UK, 2018

Radio interview with Suzanne Donisthorpe about Darkness and Light exhibition on ArtSwank, Maine FM Castlemaine, 31 March 2019

Interview on my portrait painting, with Channel 9 TV News Bendigo, 6 September 2018

“Local finalist”, Midland Express, 4 September 2018, p. 14

“A passion for plein air”, Castlemaine Mail, 13 April 2018, p. 11

“Fred Williams in the You Yangs”, Forte, September 2017, p. 40

Jacqueline Fred Williams/Mark Dober”, Beyond the Opening blog, 13 October 2017

Matthew da Silva, interviewing Mark Dober: “Fred Williams: minimalist Romantic”, Happy Antipodean blog, 18 Sept 2017

Sasse, Alexandra,  “Art’s Alive at Arc”, Artist’s blog, 17 November 2016

Nelson, R.  “Journey into the Interior: Vienna Art and Design”, Winter Masterpieces exhibition at NGV International, The Age, Saturday review, 18 June 2011

Nelson, Robert   “Kelly country that proves prophetic”, The Age, 8 Oct 2008

Nelson, Robert   “Cow’s eye view captures time best”, The Age, 28 Nov 2007

Johnson, Frances, “Compelling experimentation”, Sightlines, The Age, 26 Oct 2007

Nelson, R.  “Greater Prestige for regions”, The Age, 7 Jan 2002

Nelson, R.  “The Nature of the Beast”, The Age, 4 May 2001

Nelson, R.  “A Strong Showing”, The Age, 27 Dec 2000

Nelson, R.  “The Politics of Landscape”, Sunday Age, 21 May 2000

Makin, J.   “Critic’s Choice”, Herald –Sun, 3 April 2000

Nelson, R.  “Landscape Artists Reversing the Trends”, The Age, 29 March 2000

Published Art Writing

Dober, M., “Finding the sublime in Williams“. The Age, 27 September 2017, p. 30.

Dober, M., “Seeing Nature: John Wolseley and Sarah Ormonde, Dry sand, wet mud, moving earth”, at Fawkner Gallery, Castlemaine, Trouble Magazine, May 2017

Dober, M., “A tale of two Drawing Prizes:  at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and Bendigo Art Gallery”, Trouble Magazine, October 2016

Dober, M., “Luminous: Australian watercolours 1900 – 2000”, exhibition review,NGV Australia, Trouble Magazine, July 2016

Dober, M., “Immersed in Sensations”, book review of “Monet’s Garden: the Musée Marmottan, Paris”, Australian Book Review, July/August 2013

Dober, M., “Franz Marc:  utopian hopes for art and the Great War”, Overland magazine (online), April/May 2013

Dober, M. “Radiance: the Neo-Impressionists”, exhibition review, NGV International, Australian Art Review, March/April 2013

Dober, M., “David Hockney, A Bigger Picture”, book review, Australian Art Review, Jan/Feb 2013

Dober, M., “Fred Williams’s “spaceless” landscapes: a response to recent controversy”, Art Monthly Australia, July 2012

Dober, M, “Fred Williams: engaging with landscape”, Overland – online,  July 2012

Dober, M, “Rebecca Hossack Gallery London”Australian Art Review,Mar/Apr 2012

Dober, M,  Interview  with Robert Nelson about his new book, “The Visual Language of Painting”, in “Q and A”, Australian Art Collector, July 2011

Dober, M, Book review: Robert Nelson, “The Visual Language of Painting”, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melb. 2010, in Art Monthly Australia, May 2011

Dober, M, “Plein-air:  David Hockney and Rick Amor”, Trouble, July 2010.

Dober, M, “Beauty: nature and art”, Art Monthly Australia, May 2010.

Plein-air painting interview, ABC radio 774, with Hillary Harper, 16 May 2009.

Dober, M., “Interview with Mary Tonkin”, Art World Magazine, Apr/May 2009.

Dober, M., “Philip Wolfhagen”, Artist Profile, No.5, 2008

Dober, M., “Home truths in the lie of the land”, The Age, 12 May 2007, A2 p.19.

Dober, M., “The branded landscape”, Overland, no.183, Winter 2006

Dober, M., “Artists’vision pulps the fiction of a magnificent, maligned outback”,

The Age, 23-24 December 2005, p.23


National Gallery of Australia

Old Mutual, London, UK

City of Whitehorse Art Collection

Austin Hospital

Mt Buller Chalet

National Bank of Australia

City of Port Phillip

Australian Council of Trade Unions

St Kilda Medical Group

Methodist Ladies College

Victorian College of the Arts

Silk Cut Collection