Dana Dion
Dana Dion

Exhibition ‘Between the Trees’ at Art2Muse Gallery 7 March – 20 March 2017

Artworks available to view in Sydney

Between the Trees – Dana Dion

These works are inspired by the views through branches and trees where I live and work.

Trees create ‘windows’ that frame the view beyond. The view beyond in my case is of rocks, branches, water, boats and sails.

Much is going on, creating an intricate and intimate landscape. Everything is in a flux: moving, disappearing, and reappearing while constantly framed by the subtle changes in light and texture created by tree branches, leaves and twigs.

I try to visually deconstruct this dynamic reality and then reconstruct it back into painting. I use a dynamic cycle of merging old into new to improve, refine, and to incorporate the best of what is into a platform for future possibilities. The reconstruction is intentionally left incomplete and perhaps slightly nonsensical.

Incompleteness and lack of sense permits and demands viewer participation, engagement, and ultimately viewer experience.

 

Dana Dion

“For me painting is meditative …I travel into an imaginary world. I am awake, I am alert, yet completely absorbed in the act of painting…not thinking of anything else” – Dana Dion

Dana Dion’s paintings are an exploration of the world and her subsequent quest for expression of that experience. Her painterly surfaces are balanced with a sense of vulnerability and a love for the process of painting.

Luscious and evocative, the works explore an inner landscape using a personal language. “I aim to locate a place where I belong. To connect, care, and have a place that is mine.” She continues to discover that locus within herself.

Dion’s peripatetic life has introduced her to many landscapes. Born in Tel Aviv, she traveled back and forth between East Africa and Israel during her childhood years until 1974 when her family moved to Vancouver Canada. This is where she found an early voice for her work by painting large-scale murals on the walls of her school.

She returned to Israel at 18 for a while and then spent a year living and working in Los Angeles. She returned to Vancouver in 1980 where she owned and ran successful fitness businesses for 12 years and initiated the first Canadian Ironman Triathlon race in Penticton Canada. In 1995, she, her husband, and three children moved to London. During that time, she studied painting, eager to learn techniques and embrace her natural inclination for visual expression.

In 2000, Dion and her family settled in Sydney, and she found herself at home in the sensibility of Australia’s varied landscape. Since 2005, she has dedicated herself full-time to painting, applying the discipline of a lifetime. She notes in her artist’s statement:

Art for me is the excitement of creation in a relatively unstructured way. Painting and drawing frees me to express, think, push boundaries, learn, explore… I can let go and there is no need to conform. It is my creation… not what is expected of me from others.

Her abstracted landscapes are influenced by her lifetime connections to the geographies of Israel and Australia. “I love the Australian bush, sea, vegetation, sounds and smells,” she notes. She and her husband often camp in various spots for periods of time there. While out in the landscape, she photographs and sketches.

But Dion is a studio painter, and she spends most of her time painting from memory and feeling. In the privacy of her studio, she creates a dialogue between herself and work that is ongoing, active, and always fresh.

I take experiences out in nature back to my studio and paint large. I use a lot of paint. I make a mess. I am very physical when I work, moving energetically. I allow the movement to initiate rhythms. I capture the energy by painting quickly. Intuition and boldness drive the work. Accidents along the way make for spontaneity and improvisation.

In this dialogue between the planned and the unplanned, Dion finds a balance. Her works are often tethered by an underlying grid and horizontal structure referencing landscape. A lexicon of shapes and her distinct language reoccur, regardless of the environment from which she draws her inspiration. “The landscapes do not depict a specific place, but rather a recording of the many places I have lived without borders or boundaries,” she explains.

I create works that excite me. I can’t do authentic work if I am also thinking about the audience, because the work is too self-conscious. I can dream and feel while I am alone, allowing my emotions to surface without directing or controlling them.

Awards
2016
Royal Arts Show – 2nd prize/ marine
WIngecarribee Art Prize – People’s choice award winner AND Highly Commended
Northbridge Art Prize – Highly Commended/ works on paper
Lane Cove Art Prize – Highly Commended, Contemporary
2015
Gosford Art Prize – Highly Commended
Northbridge Art Prize – Derivan Award of Excellence in Acrylics
Lane Cove Art Prize – Commended
Royal Art Show –  1st prize/ marine,  and The Margaret Fesq Memorial prize for best exhibit
Fairfield art Prize – 1st prize contemporary
2014
Lane Cove Art Prize – commended/ contemporary
Flinders Art Show/ Melbourne – Highly Commended
Royal Arts Show – highly Commended/ printing
The Hills Art acquisitive – 2nd prize
2013
Northbridge Art Prize – 2nd prize/ oil and acrylic section
Canterbury Art Competition Victoria – 3rd prize
Art Oakhill – 2nd prize/ open
Sydney Royal Arts Show – 2nd prize/ seascape
2012
Sydney Royal Arts Show – 1st prize/ printmaking
Sydney Royal Arts Show – Highly Commended/ marine, seascape painting
The 2012 International Art Contest – 2nd prize/ modern art
Lane Cove Art Prize – Highly Commended/ contemporary
2011
Sydney Royal Arts Show – 2nd prize/ still life
Art Oakhill – winner/ works under $500
2010
Waterbrook Art Prize – Very Highly Commended
Fairfield Art Prize – 2nd and 3rd prize/ works on paper
Liverpool Art Prize – Highly Commended/ abstract
Fairfield Arts Alive art prize – 1st prize/ contemporary
Sydney Royal Arts Show – Highly Commended/ Marine/ Seascape painting
Drummoyne Art Prize – Highly Commended/ small works
Kiama art prize – Highly commended/ contemporary
2009
Fairfield Art Prize – 1st prize/ drawing section
Hornsby Art Prize – 1st prize/ oil and acrylic section
North Sydney Art Prize – Highly Commended/ Joan’s Ridge Street Gallery Open Prize
Tumut Art Prize – Commended/ small works section
City of Ryde Art Exhibition – Commended/ modern nontraditional section
2008
Lane Cove art prize – 1st prize/ modern section
Fairfield Art Prize – 2nd prize/ modern section
Fairfield Art Prize – Commended/ contemporary section
Drummoyne Art Prize – Commended/drawing section
2007
Drummoyne Art Prize – 1st prize/ modern section
2006
Northbridge Art Prize – 1st prize/ oil and acrylic section
 
Selected Exhibitions
2017
Finalist – Adelaide Perry Art Prize
2016
Finalist – Gosford Art Prize
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
Finalist – KAAF Art Prize
Finalist – Blacktown Art Prize
Finalist – The Hills Art Prize
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
2015
Finalist – Mosman Art Prize
Finalist – ANL Mission to Seafarers Victoria
Finalist -Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbeltown Art Centre/ open section
Finalist – Hornsby Art Prize
Finalist – Muswellbrook Art Prize: open painting and drawing sections
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
Finalist – Blacktown art prize – painting and drawing sections
2014
Finalist – Blacktown art prize
Finalist – Campbeltown Art Centre Art Award
Finalist – Kogarah Art Prize
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
Finalist – International Women’s Day Art Prize
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
2013
Finalist – Cowra Art Prize
Finalist – Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbeltown Art Centre
Finalist – Gosford Art Prize
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
Finalist – Waverley Art Prize
Finalist – CPM National Print Award Tweed Valley
Finalist – Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
Finalist – International Women’s Day Art Prize
2012
Finalist – “She Who Can” Dandenong Victoria
Finalist – Blacktown art prize
Finalist – ANL Maritime art prize exhibition. Melbourne Victoria
Finalist – Hunters Hill art prize
2011
Finalist -Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbeltown Art Centre
Finalist – Blacktown art prize
Finalist – ANL Maritime art prize exhibition, Victoria
Finalist – Outback art Prize
Finalist – Waverley Art Prize
Finalist – Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW
Finalist – Royal Easter Art show
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art exhibition
2010
Finalist -Finalist -Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbeltown Art Centre
Finalist – ANL Maritime art prize and exhibition. Melbourne Victoria
Finalist – Blacktown art prize
Finalist – Waverley art prize
Finalist – Thirroul Art prize
Finalist – Sydney Royal Arts Show
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
2009
Finalist – Hornsby Art Prize.
Finalist – Northbridge Art Prize
Finalist – Blacktown City Art exhibition
Finalist – Muswellbrook Art Prize
Finalist – Thirroul Art Prize
Finalist – Sydney Royal Arts Show
finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
Finalist – Fishers Ghost Art Prize – Campbeltown Art Centre
Finalist – David Turnbull Bequest Prize
2008
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
Finalist – Northbridge Art Gallery Art Prize
2007
Finalist – Hunters Hill Art Prize
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
2006
Finalist – Northbridge Art Prize
Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
Articles and Reviews
The Australian House and Garden October 2015
The North Shore TImes, 16 November 2014
A La Mode Sydney 2015
The jewish News 2015
The Jewish News 2014
Eastside radio Interview July 2012
Australian Jewish News November 2013
SBS Radio August 25, 2010 /By Nitza Lowenstein
The Australian Newspaper, August 24 2010 /By Ian Shedden/ bridget Cormack
Australian Jewish News Sept 2 2010
Inner West Weekly, November 2006/ By Marie Sanson

Australian Jewish News November 2006/ By Nicole Breslin

Acquisitions and Commissions

North Sydney Council

Lifestyle Manor building Bondi NSW – Commission of 27 art works

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