About Dasha Riley
Dasha Riley - Brief Artist Biography
Dasha’s love for Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age painting inspires her choice of composition, colours and post-production treatment, blurring the boundaries between photography and painting.
Her images reflect internal worlds rooted in the magic of childhood, and personal dreams and visions, with narratives touching on themes of European heritage, solitude, and the otherworldly.
Dasha was awarded Australian Photography Magazine’s Portrait Photographer of the Year 2015, and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s February 2016 edition. Her images have been widely exhibited, including the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 Finalist Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery, London. She was also one of the winners of the 2016 Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) National Photography Prize, and three of her works were acquired into the MAMA museum permanent collection. Dasha lives and works on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Awards and Prizes
2017 Clayton Utz Art Award. People's Choice Award.
2017 Immanuel Arts Festival. First Prize (mixed media photography).
2017 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award. Finalist.
2017 Moreton Bay Art Awards. Finalist.
2016 Queensland Regional Art Awards. Selected for Touring Exhibition.
2016 Brisbane Art Prize. Finalist.
2016 Bowness Photography Prize. People's Choice Award.
2016 Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016. Finalist.
2016 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award. Highly Commended.
2016 Stanthorpe Art Festival. Finalist.
2016 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize. Winner. Three works were acquired by
the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) Collection.
2016 Milburn Art Prize. Finalist.
2016 Head On Portrait Prize. Semi-finalist.
2016 Noosa Art Award. Finalist.
2016 39th Alice Prize. Highly Commended.
2016 Sony World Photography Awards. Second place National Awards (Australia). Also chosen
as one of the best 50 pictures in its category, selected from 95,541 images entered from 186
2016 Photo Book Melbourne (PBM) Photo Award. Finalist.
2015 Australian Photography Magazine Photographer of the Year Competition. Winner.
2015 Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA). Honorable Mention.
2015 International Photography Awards (IPA). Honorable Mention.
2015 Cliftons Art Prize. State Winner.
2015 Renaissance Photography Prize. Finalist single image category.
2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media Award. Finalist.
2015 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3). Fine Art Portraiture Children – Silver.
2015 Head On Portrait Prize. Semi-finalist.
2015 Immanuel Arts Festival. First Prize Photography Category.
Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Albury. Three works.
2017 Dasha Riley at The J, 'The J' 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads QLD. 4 Dec 2017 - 26th Jan 2018.
2014 Remembering Shadows, 'The Shared', 13 Railway St, Yandina QLD. 15 Dec - 20th Jan 2014.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Dasha Riley, Beth Mitchell & Marisa Veerman. Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington. June 24 - 5 July 2017.
2017 How the light gets in. USC Art Gallery, Sippy Downs. 11 May - 1 Jul 2017.
2017 Moreton Bay Region Art Awards. Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine. 20 - 28 May 2017.
2017 Queensland Regional Art Awards Touring Exhibition. March 2017.
2016 Brisbane Art Prize 2016. Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane. 15 - 21 August 2016.
2016 Bowness Photography Prize 2016. Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill VIC. 1 Sep - 16 Oct. 2016.
2016 Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016. Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra. 18 August – 2 October 2016.
2016 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award. Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington. 11 - 19 June 2016.
2016 Stanthorpe Art Festival. Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery. 3 June - 17 July 2016.
2016 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize. Murray Art Museum Albury. 20 May - 7 August 2016.
2016 Milburn Art Prize. Brisbane Institute of Art, Brisbane. 29 April – 13 May 2016.
2016 Head On Portrait Prize. Museum of Sydney, Sydney. 30 April – 5 June 2016
2016 Noosa Art Award. Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa. 5 May -26 June 2016.
2016 39th Alice Prize. Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs. 15 April 2016.
2016 Sony World Photography Awards. Somerset House, London. 22 April – 8 May 2016.
2016 Photo Book Melbourne (PBM) Photo Award. Boyd School Studios, Melbourne, Feb 2016
2015 Cliftons Art Prize. Cliftons, Brisbane. October 7 - December 11 2015.
2015 Renaissance Photography Prize. Getty Images Gallery, London. 17 - 28 November 2015.
2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media Award. Arts Ecology Centre, Tanawah. 10 Oct – 1 Nov 2015.
2015 Head On Portrait Prize. Museum of Sydney, Sydney.2 May – 8 June 2015.
Sally Browne, 'Beauty of art triumphs over pain', The Sunday Mail, Sunday June 25 2017, p.92.
Photographer’s Forum magazine (Editor, Publisher), Best of Photography 2016, finalist section.
MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize, 2016 Exhibition Catalogue, cover and p. 14.
PX3.09 ( Px3 Paris Photography Prize 2015) photo book, p.151
Australian Photography Magazine, p. 9, March 2016.
Australian Photography Magazine, Cover and 2 page spread, p. 38-39, February 2016.
Alice Elliott-Pimm & Paul Peterson (Editors/Publishers), Blow Up Print 2. Everbest Printing, 2016, p.61.
Renaissance Photography Prize, 2015 Exhibition Catalogue, p. 100-101.
Sunshine Coast Art Prize, 2015 Exhibition Catalogue, New Media Award section (no page numbers).
Regularly published in PhotoVOGUE, curated by Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor at Vogue Italia. PhotoVOGUE is part of the official VOGUE Italia website. Eight images in the category 'Best of Photo Vogue'.
Jessica McKenzie, ‘Old Masters inspire Art’, Nambour Weekly, Thursday July 2nd 2015, p.7.