A selection of works selected either as a finalist, or representative of Australia at prominent International exhibitions, or the winner of a prestigious prize.
Nationally regarded in Australia, as an award winning artist, John Dahlsen 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 aquisitive and non aquisitive art prizes.
John was selected to be a cultural ambassador for Australia, by an international jury, to represent Australia at the Athens Olympics of Visual Arts ‘Artiade’ Exhibition 2004, held during August/September.
In late 2003 he exhibited at the Florence Biennale of Contemporary art, and won a prestigious award for mixed media/new media.
He was the first Australian artist to be commissioned by Absolut for their ‘Absolut Art’ series. With this commission, Dahlsen was chosen to join the
ranks of such renowned international artists as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente and Damien Hirst whom have all been commissioned to create
artworks by V & S Absolut Spirits, Sweden.
In December 2006 John was 2nd prizewinner in Australia’s richest prize: “The Signature of Sydney Art Prize”
John was awarded in 2009, the Swell Sculpture Exhibition “Dux” 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.
2010 saw John win for the 2nd time running, the Swell Sculpture Exhibition “Dux” Environmental Art Award, Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Appointed “Cultural Ambassador” for Friends of the United Nations, on World Environment Day June 6th 2011.
Invited by the United Nations in 2012 to write an essay for the Rio+20 Conference.
Awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Foundation 2014
2015 Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Charles Darwin University
2015 Awarded the Nancy (Nan) Giese Doctoral Scholarship in the Arts. Charles Darwin University
Finalist 2018 BAM Inaugural art Prize, Thom Gallery Byron Bay NSW