Dai Li

Dai Li Bio
Dai Li was born in Sichuan, China in 1987. She moved to Australia in 2009 and now lives and works on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Dai Li is an artist mainly working on ceramics and watercolours. She graduated from Jindezhen Ceramic Institute majoring in ceramic arts in 2009.

Dai’s artworks are drawn from everyday life and the art and culture of the world at large. Her work focuses on people’s emotional states, how these manifest externally, and the mystery of how they arrived at this point. It is this same quality of intrigue that she seeks to engender in the experience of her own artwork, for the viewers of her work to relate to and reflect upon their own experiences. The characters often seem quirky, humorous, childish but thought-provoking.

Dai held her first solo exhibition ‘Wonderland’ in Brisbane in 2010 after her arrival to Australia and the same year she started exhibiting with Heiser Gallery. Since 2010, Dai has had numerous solo and group exhibitions with many commercial galleries, regional galleries and institutions.

Dai’s works are in the Public Collections of QUT Art Museum, Queensland and Ipswich Art Gallery and also many private collectors from Australia, China, Hong Kong and the UK. Recently, Dai’s work featured in The Journal of Austrian Ceramics’ July 2019 issue.

Background
Born in 1987 Sichuan, China

Resides
Peachester, Queensland, Australia

Education
2009 Bachelor of Fine Art-Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jiangxi, China

Solo Exhibitions
2019
A moment’s silence, May Space, Sydney, New South Wales
The familiar strangers, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, Queensland
2017
Dai Li: New Work, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2016
X, Gataketers Art space, Maryborough, Queensland
2015
Dreams, Ghosts and Other Stories, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2013
Indistinct Familiarity, BCM Crucible Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
Lexicon, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2012
Stranger, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Adelaide, South Australia
The Games We Play, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
Dai Li: Recent Works, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2011
One Year, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Adelaide, South Australia
Faramita, Artisan, Brisbane, Queensland
2010
Wonderland, Art Factory Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

Group Exhibitions
2019
Vis-ability, QUT Art Museum, Queensland
2018
Mugged, May Space, Sydney, New South Wales
Glazed, Bruce Heiser Projects, Queensland
A point of difference (ceramics) Kelly Austin, Dai Li, Kenji Uranish, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2017
Small works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Ceramic RevisionsII, May Space, Sydney, New South Wales
Nine lives, A Cat’s Tale, Heiser Gallery, Queensland
Earth & Fire, Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection, QUT Art Museum, Queensland
Introducing V, May Space, Sydney, New South Wales
2016
Winter Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
Annual Christmas Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2015
Small works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
2014
Perceptions and Perspectives, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, New South Wales
Decennalia, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2013
Drawing a line, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
Sydney Contemporary Air Fair (Heiser Gallery), Sydney, New South Wales
Annual Christmas Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2012
Something naughty or nice, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales
Annual Christmas Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2011
Bill Yaxley and Dai Li, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
People and Places, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
15 Artists, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Queensland
Annual Christmas Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2010
Melbourne Art Fair (Heiser Gallery), Melbourne, Victoria
Gaze: people, relationships and place, Redland Art Gallery, Queensland
Annual Christmas Exhibition, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2008
Jiangxi Province Art Prize, Jiangxi, China
2007
Jiangxi Province Art Prize, Jiangxi, China
2005
Jiangxi Province Art Prize, Jiangxi, China

Art Prizes
2016 (Finalist / Ceramics) North Queensland Ceramic Awards
2008 (Second / Ceramics) Jiangxi Province Art Prize, China
2007 (Third / Ceramics) Jiangxi Province Art Prize, China
2005 (Finalist / Painting) Jiangxi Province Art Prize, China

Selected Collections
Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Queensland
Private collections Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Shanghai

Publications
Journal of Australian Ceramics July issue Vol 58