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'.
|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.|
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
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
Main Terminal, Canberra Airport
Terry Snow, Botanical Gardens and Residence, Bawley Point, NSW
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:
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, all dated 2005
a bronze figure Genesis (2009), unveiled 2009-06-02 by the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.
Saint Matthew, (1984), St Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Page, ACT
Bronze figure and water feature, Judith Wright Court, ANU
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.
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.
Genesis signature incorporating the face of Chiko (Australian Silky Terrier) Ante Dabro + Chiko (signature) on "Genesis" (2009) sculpture, Canberra International Airport.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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