Dr. John Dahlsen is a contemporary environmental artist and author who studied at the Victorian College of the Arts. 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 Prize and has won other numerous awards. 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 John was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to Japan in January 2015 to work for 5 weeks with a master woodblock printer and created a limited edition series of 24 woodblock/digital fusion prints. He then went to Amsterdam, researching influence van Gogh had by exposure to Japanese woodblock prints.
John is a published author: “An Artist’s Guide to a Successful Career” was published by Common Ground Publishing in the US in December 2013. His book “An Accidental Environmental Artist” was published in 2014 by: Alpha Academic Press in the US. He has written a number of published journal articles.
From 2014-2016 John lectured in art at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, where he also completed his PhD, which was titled: Environmental art: Aesthetics, Activism and Transformation.
His environmental art examines the passage of time in the landscape and the place of humankind within it. John also currently convenes the Honours programme and lectures in Visual Art at the University of Canberra Southbank Brisbane campus.