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Rhett D'COSTA (AU)

Holding Hands, 2018

Inkjet photograph

109cm x 162.5cm

The Australian landscape and its inhabitants, (both indigenous and white settler) are documented in art and history in a somewhat checkered way. What this image attempts to do is bring another discourse into the space of the Australian bush – that of the contemporary migrant, the Asian-Australian, asserting their presence and validating their sense of belonging, on their terms, in their own dress codes and body language. The image should be plausible – yet it remains strange, as strange as images of early white settlers who attempted to bring Englishness (through dress codes and other social behaviors and attitudes) to the Australian landscape.


Rhett D'Costa is an Asian Australian multidisciplinary artist whose professional practice spans nearly 30 years. He holds a BFA, MFA and PhD from RMIT Australia. He has exhibited widely both in Australia as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, the UK and US. 


D’Costa's multidisciplinary projects have centered on exploring the role of resilience and optimism in the intersecting areas of migration, multiculturalism, identity, nationalism and belonging. His research has focused on ideas connected to culturally composite ethnicities, mixed race communities and the negotiation of the porosity of place, belonging and identity. More recently, the notion of ‘right to belong’ has extended his interests in identity formation in terms of sexuality and culture. These interests take into account shifting social and political circumstances and the tensions and consequences of mobility and migration in transnational environments.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Secret Interiors, Hidden Space, Hong Kong


The Pleasures and Dilemmas of Inheritance, Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia 

Where Here is Elsewhere, PhD assessment exhibition, School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne, 



Shimmering Spaces 2, Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Shimmering Spaces 3, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Victoria, Australia


Here With You, (three person show), Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia


Plays and Wins, (duo show), Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria, Australia


Little Thoughts / Secret Pictures, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia                                  

Possible Worlds, (duo show), Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia



Harmony and Counterpoint, (three person show), Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia



Neutral Reading,  Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia



Rhett D'Costa: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia   


Memory and Slowness, Caldwell House Gallery, Singapore



Rhett D'Costa: Recent Paintings, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia



Breathing, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia



Rhett D'Costa: Recent Paintings, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia          

Master of Arts Assessment Exhibition, Lower Storey Hall, Melbourne, Australia

Misrememberings, (duo show) Gold St. Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions


Hyphenated: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Victorian-Asian Artists, The Substation, Melbourne, Australia



Museum of Lost Public Notices, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Australia


Contemporary Australian Drawing, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Manchester, UK



Contemporary Australian Drawing: 90 Australian Artists, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy


Periscope, Castlemaine State Festival, Visual Arts Biennial, Victoria, Australia

Reading the Space: Contemporary Australian Drawing 4, Main Gallery, New York Studio School, New York, USA



Span, Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East, Intersections of Understanding, Langford 120, Melbourne,      Australia                         

Contemporary Australian  Drawing #2, University of Arts, Wimbledon Gallery, London, UK

Contemporary Australian Drawing #3, Langford 120, Melbourne, Australia       

Rhythm and Pulse, Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia

Abstraction from the Lasalle College Collection, (curated by Dr Charles Mereweather), Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore



Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East, Intersections of Understanding, Dubai              



Drawing Analogy: Colour, Tone and Tint, International Drawing Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Wall Works and Other Projects, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia

The Secret Files of the Working Men’s College, Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Something in the Air, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia

Drawing in / Drawing Out, Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Magnetic Islands, Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia



A World of Art, The Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Magistery, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia

The World of Drawing, Sungshin Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Quiet! Stephen Mc Laughlan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia



Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Secondary Sources, RMIT Faculty Gallery, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


Electric Valley Studios, Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Victoria, Australia



Arthur Guy Inaugural Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia



Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia



Works on Paper, Sungshin Museum, Seoul, South Korea



National Works on Paper,  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Ambulations, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore

Carte Blanche - A Drawing Exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Singapore


Semiosis, LASALLE Gallery, Singapore          

Painting Now, LASALLE Gallery, Singapore



Look, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore



Faculty, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore

Works on Paper, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 



Faculty Artists, School of Fine Art, LASALLE Gallery, Singapore         

The Postcard Show, LASALLE Gallery, Singapore        

Interiors, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia        

Tenth R.M. Ansett Art Award Acquisitive Prize, City of Hamilton Gallery, Victoria, Australia        

Paintings, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia



Artworkz 5, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Australia



Young Artists New Works, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia



Landscape, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia          

1st Melbourne International Art Fair, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Australia



Masters Work in Progress, RMIT Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Mitchell College and Hobsons Press National Student Art Prize, NSW, Australia



Graduate Exhibition, RMIT Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, Australia