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John Dahlsen: Contemporary Australian Environmental Artist
John Dahlsen studied art at the Victorian College of the Arts and at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education.
Nationally regarded in Australia, as an award winning artist, he won the prestigious Wynne prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2000 and was selected as a finalist in 2003 and again in 2004. In 2006 he was a finalist in the Sulman Award at the Art Gallery of NSW. He has won several grants from various funding bodies, as well as winning other significant acquisitive and non acquisitive art prizes.
He has lectured at many Australian universities, and has been an invited speaker at architectural and environmental symposiums both in Australia and Internationally.
For 20 years he has been holding regular solo exhibitions of his work, both in capital cities, more recently in Melbourne at Australian Art Resources and in regional areas of Australia, including the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, the Coffs Harbour City Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Art Gallery and Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, as well as internationally, where he exhibited at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C.
In late 2003 he exhibited at the Florence Biennial of Contemporary art, and won a prestigious award for mixed media/new media. His more recent solo international exhibitions were in New York in Feb 2004 and in Milan in May.
John is also involved in many group exhibitions from year to year both within Australia and internationally, with a current exhibition in which he is featured at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, planned to continue until the year 2006. He was also in the 2004 group show 'Art From Detritus' held in New York and at Gensler in San Francisco in July.
2005 also saw his work in 'Recent Acquisitions' at the Whipped Art Gallery in Minnesota USA.
John was selected to be a cultural ambassador for Australia, by an international jury, to represent Australia at the Athens Olympics of Visual Arts 'Marinade' Exhibition 2004, held during August / September.
In October 2004, as a part of Sculpture By The Sea in Sydney, John's most recent commission by Absolut of Sweden was unveiled.
'Absolut Dahlsen' signals the first time an Australian artist has been commissioned by this company, he joins the ranks of such renowned artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente and Damien Hirst, who have also been commissioned to make an artwork by A bsolut.
He curated as well as exhibited in the exhibition 'Recycled Revisited', at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New York State from the 1st July - 18th September 2005. In September 2005, he was the artist in residence, courtesy of Jefferson City in Missouri USA, where he made a public artwork for the city.
In December 2006 John was 2nd prizewinner in Australia's richest Art prize, 'The Signature Of Sydney Prize'. December 2007 saw John feature in an exhibition titled 'Ecological Integrity: On the Brink' at the Ulster County Community College's Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery in New York.
In March 2008 John was an invited guest of the North Stonington Education Foundation, to work with students and to deliver a lecture at Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration Mystic Connecticut USA.
In September 2008 he exhibited at the Jenolan Caves Trust NSW, in the 'Treasures of Seeds' Exhibition. Supporting the Global Crop Diversity Trust. In August/September 2009, he exhibited again with the 'Treasures of Seeds' Exhibition at the CSIRO in Canberra.
John is represented by major public and private collections across Australia, he is also in many International collections in Europe, USA and Japan.
He and his art has been written about in all the major newspapers and many magazines in the form of critiques and as articles and pictorials. Radio, television and the internet, frequently interview him about exhibitions and his work as a contemporary environmental artist.
John was awarded in 2009, the Swell Sculpture Exhibition 'Environmental Art Award', Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
In July 2010, he won the Peoples Choice Award in the ArtsCape Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. Byron Bay, NSW Australia.
In September 2010 John's work features at the famed 'Hanmo Gallery' in Beijing's 798 contemporary art district in China.