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John Dahlsen is an environmental artist who completed a PhD at Charles Darwin University in 2016. He studied the VCA and at the MCAE. He won the Wynne prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2000 and was a finalist in 2003 and 2004. In 2006 he was a finalist in the Sulman Award. In 2014 John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. He is an art lecturer in Queensland on Southbank in Brisbane, and speaks at architectural and environmental symposiums in Australia and Internationally.
January 1983 - December 1983
Melbourne College of Advanced Education
Field of study
- Art Education
January 1977 - December 1979
Victorian College of the Arts
Field of study
“An Accidental Environmental Artist” Take a journey through the eyes of John Dahlsen, as he tells his story and shares his art. A leader in the field of environmental art throughout Australia, and in the US, Europe, and Asia. His art is considered highly collectible. An acclaimed public speaker, he has engaged audiences around the world. As an Aust...
“An Artist’s Guide to a Successful Career” An Artist’s Guide to Career Success is a comprehensive, holistic guide to financial and career success for artists and students wanting a reliable reference tool to guide them through all aspects of the art industry. This insider’s guide provides specific information, real examples and pertinent anecdotes...
This paper discusses the career of environmental artist John Dahlsen and explores opportunities in globalised economies for artists, whose environmental awareness aesthetic is creating the culture of a sustainable future. There is opportunity for artists to find solutions to existing ecological crises, facilitating paradigm shifts for a sustainable...
We shape our buildings and they shape us... Our future existence as a species is, inevitably, an urban one. By 2050, some projections have it that seven out of every 10 humans on earth will be living in a city. What, then, might this look like? Our panel of experts weighs in. Growing up as a middle class teenager in Bombay, the city represented a l...
Three weeks out from my Brisbane show. Opens 6pm Thursday 8th Feb at Urban Paradise Gallery, 52 Annerely Road Wooloongabba. Pleased to be sharing the space with the Pompuraaw Aboriginal artists collective from Cape York. A show highlighting plastic ocean litter transformative art
Tough economic conditions can be devastating for the world's artists. The question is: does it matter? In 2007-08, international markets experienced a global economic crisis that had a devastating effect on people and communities around the world. As an artist, the impact on my financial well-being was as catastrophic as it was immediate. I was an...
In 2007–2008 the lives and lifestyles of individuals and communities around the world were rocked by a global event that in Australia became known as the ‘GFC’ the—Global Financial Crisis. As banks, stock exchanges and financial systems imploded, they brought down with them the carefully laid hopes and plans of millions of everyday people.
The identity of contemporary career artists within our culture-particularly marginalized professionals-can be severely compromised because of economic disruptions like the GFC. These can surface as unemployment, marriage breakups, and even homelessness for artists and can result in the total cessation of career activities, or at best, new career pa...
The identity of contemporary career artists within our culture, particularly marginalized professionals, can be severely compromised because of economic disruptions like the GFC. These can surface as unemployment, marriage breakups and even homelessness for artists and can result in the total cessation of career activities or at best new career pat...
Exhibiting in the GYRE exhibition at the Anchorage Museum Opens Feb 7 through till Sept 6 http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/galleries/gyre/ GYRE exhibition With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art for this exhibition from debris collected from beaches around the world...
An Artist’s Guide to Career Success is a comprehensive, holistic guide to financial and career success for artists and students wanting a reliable reference tool to guide them through all aspects of the art industry. This insider’s guide provides specific information, real examples and pertinent anecdotes about all aspects of the business of art. I...
“Art Insights” John’s book titled “Art Insights” Includes his journey into environmental and recycled art. It provides insights into sound business ideas for today’s artist and a further number of insights through common questions and answers. John outlines in this book how he began his journey into making this art, how it has led to his also maki...
Will be publishing the article "An Artist's Vision of Environmental and Economic Sustainability for Artists." in the On Sustainability Journal Collection The Solutions Journal on the other hand, is a non-profit academic journal/magazine that offers solutions the world's ecological, social, and economic problems.