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Koala Day Luncheon prize – Yellow Painting

By Artist John Dahlsen

Title: “Yellow Painting”
Description: Painting on digital print
Materials: Oil stick, acrylic, pencil, ink on digital print on canvas
Size: 158.4 cm x 128.4 cm

Artist statement

"This work reflects on the role of the environmental artist and art practice, during a time when damage to the environment and economic choices by government continue to challenge the ideals of environmentalism. Elements that underpin the art practice include an integration of symbolic geometric shapes, which are used in the exultation of mundane objects such as ocean litter. This art provides an insight about the practice of making art that is both an activist and an aesthetic statement about contemporary society. This environmental art is an artform that examines the passage of time in the landscape and the place of humankind within it”. John Dahlsen 2024

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short biography - John dahlsen

Dr. John Dahlsen is a contemporary environmental artist, author and academic. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts won Australia’s oldest art award, the Wynne Prize, at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2000. In 2004 his art represented Australia at the Athens Olympics. He exhibits and is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and internationally. In 2014 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. John is a published author who has written five books and has many published journal articles. He completed his PhD titled: Environmental art: Aesthetics, Activism and Transformation at Charles Darwin University in 2016. From 2020-2024 he developed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) Art Project, with a collaborative initiative with InfinArt London, a 2450-piece artwork due for a forthcoming release in both the UK and Australia, in both a physical exhibition and a sustainable blockchain NFT digital simultaneous release. His environmental art examines the passage of time in the landscape and the place of humankind within it.