Unfolding the Layers

Desley Rolph

Des Rolph – Curriculum Vitae (Select)


MAVA:  Qld College of Art, Griffith University (awarded Cert of Academic Excellence)

Dip Visual Arts, TAFE QLD

Certificate of Assessment and Workplace Training, NC Training Services.

Brisbane Institute of Art, Dip courses in painting, sculptural ceramics, Life Drawing.

Individual exhibitions

2014 -The Mt Coot-tha Project, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane.

2014 – The Mt Coot-tha Project, The Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art, MAVA,

2013 – Vista, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane.

2011 – Ride the Wind, The Gallery Eumundi. Qld.

2010 – Bunginderry II, White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane. Qld.

2010 – Bunginderry, The Gallery Eumundi. Qld.

2009 – Swamp Magic, Ardleigh Cleveland Gallery, The Hyatt Coolum, Coolum Beach, Qld.

2009 – The Ethereal Landscape, The Gallery Eumundi, Sunshine Coast, Qld. SOLD OUT

2008 – An Obscure Connection, Cool Art Gallery, Coolum Beach, Qld. SOLD OUT

2008 – The Sublime Landscape – The Annexe Gallery, Sydney

2008 – Women from the Desert & their Stories, Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane.

2008 – Desert Symphony, CCAE, Harriet Space, Harriet Place, Darwin

2008 – FRAG, Surry Hills, Sydney.

2008 – Cool Art, Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast. Qld.

2007 – Silent Presence, RM Galleries, Brisbane.

2006 – Taken by the Wind, RM Galleries, Hamilton, Brisbane

2006 – Hovering, RM Galleries, Hamilton, Brisbane.

2006 – Stillness & Quiet , McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne

2002 – “Passages & Pathways” Caloundra Regional Gallery, Qld.

2002 – “Searching Spectrum” Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane

Selected group exhibitions

2019 – In:Situ, Cool Art Gallery, Coolum Beach.

2018 –  TWELVE exhibition, -Cash, Cool Art Gallery, Coolum Beach, Qld.

2017 – New Beginnings, Cool Art Gallery, Coolum Beach. Qld.

2014 – Masters Graduate Exhibition. Qld College of Art, Griffith University

2013 – Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong, with The Gallery Eumundi.

2013 – What Still Holds, PoP Gallery Brisbane. Masters Students QCA.

2010-2013 Bunginderry, Artslink, Qld. Touring Exhibition.

2008 – January exhibiton, 4 girls, Frances Reilly Gallery, Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Qld.

2008 – There’s Something About our Landscape, Queensland Arts Council.


2012 – Finalist, Kenilworth Art Prize

2010 – Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize (SCAP)

2010 – Finalist, Waltzing Matilda Art Prize, Winton. Qld

2010 – Finalist, Lethbridge $10,000 Small Scale Art Award

2010 – Invitational, Tattersalls Landmarks Exhibition, Brisbane.

2008 – Invitational, Rotary Art Prize.

2007 – Finalist entry, Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape

2005 – Invitational, Reflections of Life Art Prize, Brisbane, sponsored by the Westpac Bank

2004 – Bronze Award, St Joseph’s Nudgee College Arts & Crafts Festival, Brisbane.

2004 – Finalist entry x 3, Churchie Emerging Artists Competition, Brisbane.

2004 – Finalist entry Cromwell’s Art Prize, Sydney, NSW.

2003 – Finalist entry Waltzing Matilda Art Prize, Winton Qld.

2003 – Bronze Award, St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Arts & Craft Festival, Brisbane.

2002 – Encouragement Award, Caloundra Arts & Craft Festival

Artist Statement

“I want my paintings to express a sense of mystery and intrigue and leave the viewer contemplating about its story or journey. My passion to paint the landscape is more than a mere representational image, however while a sense of the landscape image is important, it is more important for me to convey an emotional response that leaves something for the imagination to explore. The Australian landscape to me is pretty special. Nowhere else in the world that I have travelled has enticed me in the same way. I believe the heartbeat that exists within our landscape is palpable and I hope that my paintings in some way reveal this energy to those who experience them.”