John Dahlsen

Lecturer Visual Arts

John Dahlsen is an Australian environmental artist. He studied in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts and did his teachers training at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. In 2014 John is currently lecturing in art at Charles Darwin University, where he is also doing his PhD in environmental art. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 from the Winston Churchill Foundation.

He won Australia’s oldest art award, the prestigious Wynne Prize, at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2000 and was again a finalist in 2003 and 2004. In 2006 he was a finalist in the Sulman Award at the Art Gallery of NSW. He has won other significant acquisitive and non-acquisitive art awards, including a mixed/new media award at the 2003 Florence Biennial. He was also awarded the Geraldton Art Prize.
 
Dahlsen is a regular on the international public speaking circuit. He has lectured at various universities and secondary schools both in Australia and internationally from 1980 – 2014. He has been an invited speaker at architectural and environmental symposiums in Australia and internationally, including the Australian Embassy Washington DC in 1999, which coincided with an exhibition of his work.
 
For 25 years he has had regular solo and group exhibitions in Australia, in both commercial and regional galleries and internationally, in USA and Europe, where he is also represented in major public and private collections. Galleries represent him in Australia, as well as in New York, Milan, Belgium and Amsterdam.

In August 2004, Dahlsen represented Australia at the Athens Olympics of Visual Arts and in October 2004, he became the first Australian artist, (he joins such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente and Damien Hirst) to be commissioned by global vodka producer Absolut, to create a major public artwork “Absolut Dahlsen”, which was unveiled at Sculpture by the Sea, 2004. (This work is now located outside the Gold Coast City Art Gallery in QLD).

John’s art has been written about in major Australian and international newspapers. His work has been featured in many magazines and in international art publications. Television includes coverage on all Australian channels and many international programmes. He currently has a major presentation and interview on ABC online and had a documentary made on his work by the ABC, which was aired across Australia on the ABC Arts Show.

Expertise

In September 2010 John's work featured at the famed "Hanmo Gallery" in Beijing's 798 contemporary art district in China. March 2011 saw John being commissioned by the Commonwealth Bank to create a major sculpture for their new environmentally friendly HQ in Sydney, from objects collected from the annual Clean up Australia campaign.

John was appointed "Cultural Ambassador" for Friends of the United Nations, on World Environment Day June 6th 2011.  He was officially invited by the United Nations in 2012 to write an essay for the Rio+20 Conference.

In 2013 John was appointed NSW Ambassador for the Nespresso Up-cycle Art campaign. He exhibited in The Art of Sound Caboolture Regional Art Gallery in 2013.

He was invited to exhibit his work in the 2014 international exhibition "Gyre Project” at the Anchorage Museum Alaska, from Feb - Sept 2014.

He has written three books including a mid-career memoir which was published in November 2014 by the US publisher Alpha Academic Press, and an artist help book titled ‘An Artists Guide to a Successful Career’, which was published by Common Ground academic publishing house in the US in Dec 2013.

Grants

He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 from the Winston Churchill Foundation.

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Interests

  • environmental art
  • sculpture
  • assemblage
  • installation
  • public art
  • digital printing
  • found object art
  • drawing
  • painting
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • public speaking
  • writing

Projects

2016

Sculpture by the Sea 2016: A book to be published in 2016 celebrating artists and the sculptures from 1997-2015

2015

Global South Ethnographies: Minding the Senses. Book Chapter

Éditions Maison deslangues. Paris France. - "Going Greener" School language textbook 2015

"Gyre" The Plastic Ocean - Editor Julie Decker Anchorage Museum Alaska - Booth Clibborn Editions London

Visual Art - Visual Arts textbook for Western Australian schools LyndaKuntyj and Beth Harcourt

2014

“Art and Adventure” - The Tale of an Accidental Environmental Artist. John Dahlsen Alpha Academic PressUSA

2013

“An Artist’s Guide to a Successful Career” - Strategies for Financial and Critical Success. John Dahlsen Common Ground PublishingUSA

The International Journal of Diverse Identities “Balancing Economic Viability and Artists’ Creativity During a Global Financial Crisis”

“The Future We Want” Essay for the United Nations 2012 Rio+20 Conference.

World Policy Journal 'Big Question' - Winter Issue 2010 New York

“Art Insights” – Creating Wealth as an Artist. John Dahlsen

Teaching

Current

CAI102 Creative Practice

Previous

AHT232 Postmodernism
AHT313 Contemporary Indigenous Art
AHT215 Foundations of South East Asian Art
AHT214 Indigenous art of the NT.

Publications / Performances / Works

Group Exhibitions: 2013-2014

2015   GYRE The Plastic Ocean: The David J. Spencer CDC Museum Atlanta, Georgia January 26, 2015 – June 19, 2015
2015   GYRE The Plastic Ocean: The USC Fisher Museum of Art Los Angeles, California, Sept 2, 2015 – Nov 21, 2015
2014   CEAD Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography University of Waikato Hamilton Aotearoa. New Zealand. 
2014   GYREx Exhibition. Anchorage Museum Alaska - January 2014. Highlighting the issue of marine debris. USA
2014   Sydney Institute of Marine Science - Annual Auction and Fundraiser October Sydney  
2014   Queensland Museum in Brisbane: Environmental art projections. QLD Australia
2014   Customs House Sydney Clean Up Australia's 25th Anniversary Exhibition Feb - Mar
2014   Ashdod Museum Israel. Permanent exhibition
2014   "Ecological Integrity: On the Brink"   Muroff-Kotler Gallery New York
2014   Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum Permanent Collection
2014   Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art: - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014   Powerhouse Museum Sydney: "Ecologic": Creating a Sustainable Future
2013   “The Art of Sound” Caboolture Regional Art Gallery QLD Sept – Dec 2013
2013   Ecollaboration  Artwork  "Project Up-cycle" Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney July 
2013   Queensland Museum in Brisbane: Environmental art projections. QLD Australia
2013   Sydney Institute of Marine Science - Annual Auction and Fundraiser Sydney  
2013   Ashdod Museum Israel. Permanent exhibition
2013   "Ecological Integrity: On the Brink" Muroff-Kotler Gallery New York
2013   Federal Art Auctions. Federal NSW Australia 27/28 May 2012
2013   Art Piece Gallery Artists Group Exhibition Mullumbimby NSW Australia
2013   Pop Up Gallery "Seascapes" John Dahlsen and Jan Rae. Byron Bay 14 Jan - 13 Feb 
2013   Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum Permanent Collection
2013   Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art: - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2013   Powerhouse Museum Sydney: "Ecologic": Creating a Sustainable Future
2013   Kallalu Art Gallery Griffith St Coolongatta QLD. Australia

Solo exhibitions

2015   The Winston Churchill Foundation National Convention Print exhibition October Sydney Australia

2015   "Fusion" woodblock/digital environmental art prints. Nan Giese Gallery Charles Darwin University. May 2015

2014   CEAD Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography University of Waikato Hamilton Aotearoa. New Zealand. Nov 2014

2014   Lagoon Spa Darwin Exhibition 2014

2013   Lagoon Spa Darwin Exhibition 2013

2012   John Dahlsen Environmental Art Gallery May/June 2012 Byron Bay NSW Australia

2011   Open Studio exhibition September 2011 Byron Bay NSW

2010   Beijing China: "Hanmo Gallery" 798 Gallery District - September 18th - October 8th

Public lectures and appearances

2015   The Winston Churchill Foundation National Convention Presentation; October Sydney Australia
2015   "Food For Thought" Lecture series. Charles Darwin University. March 18 2015
2015   Kyoto Seika University, visiting lecture on the Churchill Fellowship and Environmental Art. January 2015
2014   International Conference CEAD The third international Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) 
2014   Sensual Landscapes of Ethnography University of Waikato Hamilton Aotearoa. New Zealand. November 2014 
2014   Philosophers Riff: "The Aesthetics of Beauty" Happy Yess Darwin Sept 2014 
2014   The Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society. Sapienza University Rome, Italy 25-27 June 2014
2014   ACAH2014 - The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 3rd to 6th April 2014 Osaka, Japan  
2014   The Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society. Sapienza University Rome, Italy 25-27 June 2014
2013   "Food For Thought" Lecture series. Charles Darwin University, October 2nd 2013

2013   Perspectives on Progress Conference: University of QLD. Nov 27-29, 2013 
2013   The Association for Qualitative Research, Victoria University Melbourne. 3rd to 5th November 2013 
2013   Diversity Conference: (CDU. June 26 – 28 2013)

Commissions

  • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australia
  • Victorian College of the Arts Collection
  • Artbank, Sydney Australia
  • Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of Western Australia 
  • Curtin University, Western Australia
  • Myer/Bailleiu Collection
  • Kerry Stokes Collection
  • Commonwealth Bank Collection
  • de Rothschild Collection
  • Thomas & Esther Van Vliet Collection
  • Wesfarmers Collection
  • Tweed River Regional Art Gallery Collection 
  • Robert Pochter Collection 
  • Hanmo Art Gallery Beijing China Private Collection
  • Soil Test Australia
  • Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum 
  • Pat Corrigan Collection
  • Hanmo Art Gallery Beijing China Private Collection
  • The Buttery Collection
  • Lee Feng Collection Dalian China
  • Ronen Kunst Collection Amsterdam
  • Spectrum Satellite Communications 
  • Burswood Casino Collection Perth Western Australia 
  • Gold Coast City Art Gallery
  • Brisbane City Council
  • John Cornell & Delvene Delaney Collection 
  • DBI Architects QLD 
  • Byron Shire Council Collection
  • Xavier College Collection Melbourne 
  • Townsville Convention Centre
  • Lismore Regional Art Gallery Collection
  • Logan Regional Gallery Collection
  • Paul Hogan and Linda Koswalski Collection 
  • Novatel Hotels Australia
  • Red Balloon Collection 
  • Sheraton Hotels Australia
  • George Negus Collection 
  • Whipple Gallery Minnesota
  • Jefferson City Collection Missouri USA
  • Mark Bouris Collection 
  • Dr Alice Wexler Collection New York 
  • Oneness University - Chennai - Andrah Pradesh, India
  • Absolut Collection Sweden
  • Various private collections in Australia, Britain, India, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, China and Japan.

Artist in Residence Positions

2013   Sydney Institute of Marine Science. Chowder Bay Sydney July 2013
2013   Rockhampton Art Gallery North Keppel Project
2005   Jefferson City Missouri USA
1999   Couran Cove Resort, QLD              
1986   Prism Gallery, Fremantle, WA.

Associations and Affiliations

  • National Association of the Visual Arts
  • Artslaw
  • Artshub
  • Flying Arts
John Dahlsen

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6824
E: john.dahlsen@cdu.edu.au

School of Creative Arts and Humanities
Casuarina campus
Building Orange 11.1.31
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909