Title: Primary Digital Prints on Canvas (Triptych)
Medium: Digital prints on canvas
Size: 3 x 2.5 m (h) x 1 m (w)
Artwork selected to represent Australia at the Athens Olympics
'Artiade' Exhibition 2004
Signature of Sydney 2006 Art Prize
In December 2006 Dahlsen was awarded the runner up prize of $20,000.00 in 'The Signature of Sydney Art Prize'.
In an article titled "Artwork Has Soul", Lismore Regional Gallery Director, Steven Alderton wrote: "John Dahlsen's "Thongs" artwork is about people community and soul. The work could be seen as people portraying the many people from all walks of life that have landed on the East coast of Australia and found their way to Sydney, mixing together to form one great big heap just like Sydney.
The beauty of this work is you can see the soul of Sydneysiders. Many people living on the coast define themselves with the beach lifestyle. It is their passion.The havianas, or thongs, have become part of the laidback look of much of Sydney. Dahlsen's artworks have long been made from detritius found on the beach. By presenting the discarded objects in a formalist composition he acknowledges the endless waste in producing multiple items, that go to support our everyday existance."
Northern Star Newspaper - December 16th 2006
Digital Print on Canvas
1.5m x 3.0m
Awards and Achievements:
2012 Invited by the United Nations to write an essay for the Rio+20 Conference
2011 Appointed 'Cultural Ambassador' for Friends of the United Nations, on World Environment Day. June 6th 2011
2010 Swell Sculpture Festival and Exhibition – "Dux" Environmental Art Award, Currumbin QLD Australia
2010 ArtsCape Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. Peoples Choice Award. NSW Australia
2009 Swell Sculpture Festival and Exhibition –"Dux" Environmental Art Award, Currumbin QLD Australia.
2006 Finalist: Sulman Prize for Genre Painting AG NSW Australia.
2006 "The Signature Of Sydney Prize" - Australia's richest prize: 2nd prizewinner. December Sydney.
2006 Finalist: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.
2006 Export Market Development Grant. Australian Government 'Austrade'
2006 Finalist: Signature of Sydney Art Prize
2006 Mosman Art Prize Finalist.
2005 Awarded Senate Proclamation, Jefferson City, State of Missouri, USA.
2005 Regional Artist Award: East Coast Sculpture Show - Thursday Plantation, NSW.
2005 Export Market Development Grant. Australian Government 'Austrade'
2004 Awarded the role as Cultural Embassador for Australia at the Athens "Olympics Of Visual Arts" Artiade Exhibition.
2004 Export Market Development Grant. Australian Government 'Austrade'
2004 Finalist: Wynne Prize for Sculpture & Landscape AG NSW Australia
2003 Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art - Award for mixed media/new media.
2003 Finalist: Wynne Prize for Sculpture & Landscape AG NSW Australia
2003 Earth Champion Nominee: Athena Foundation
2001 Highly Commended: East Coast Sculpture Show Thursday Plantation, NSW.
2000 Winner of the Wynne Prize for Sculpture & Landscape AG NSW Australia
2000 Appointed "Official Artist of the New Millennium" for the organizations 'Clean Up Australia' & "Clean up the World"
2000 N.S.W. Ministry for the Arts grant Australia
1998 Highly Commended: East Coast Sculpture Show Thursday Plantation, NSW.
1991 Artrage Festival Subsidy Funding
1991 Pat Corrigan artist grant
1991 Winner of the Geraldton-Greenough Aquisitive Art Award
1990 WA Department for the Arts Grant
1976 Cann River Open Art Prize, Gippsland, Victoria Australia