Upcoming Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery 15 – 28 May 2018
“Paintings are meditative … you travel into an imaginary world: awake, alert, yet completely absorbing … not thinking of anything else. If I can bring you along with me into that world with my painting, I will have succeeded.
My abstract landscapes are based on the Australian bush, water and my connections to the geographies of previous places I have lived: Israel, Africa, USA, Canada and England. I aim my paintings to be luscious and evocative, exploring both the physical landscape and an inner understanding and interpretation of that landscape.
Experiences and feelings of nature are taken back to my studio. I paint large, use a lot of paint and, while painting, move energetically to allow movement to initiate rhythms and flow. Intuition of the landscape and boldness drive the work.
The art aims to capture the interaction of branches, trees, vegetation, rocks, hills, lakes and water. Trees, for example, create “windows” to the view beyond; encapsulating the intimacy of the Australian landscape: the slow-moving flux of trees, leaves and branches, disappearing and reappearing, and the subtle changes in light, space and texture.
Painting a landscape creates, for me and hopefully my viewers, a sense of shared ownership and belonging: a connection, a duty of care, and common experience.” – Dana Dion
Dana was born in Israel and spent much of her childhood between Israel, Kenya and Tanzania, before moving as a teenager to Canada. After leaving school, Dana owned and operated a successful fitness business in Vancouver. She then moved to London in the mid 90’s with her husband and three children, where she studied painting. In 2000 Dana and her family relocated to Australia, where she found herself at home, inspired by Australia’s varied, subtle landscape. Dana dedicated herself to full time painting in 2005 and she has since won numerous Australian art prizes and her works have been acquired in public and private collections.
Selected Art Prizes & Awards
Dana has won a variety of art prizes and awards including the notable 2017 Gosford $15,000 Art Prize, The Guy Warren Art Award (Art Gallery Lane Cove), and the Art in The Hills Acquisitive $7,000 prize.
Dana has been a finalist in numerous prestigious art awards including more recently: The Adelaide Perry Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Fishers Ghost open Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, ANL Maritime Art Prize Victoria, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Gosford Art Prize, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Blacktown Art Prize, Kogarah Art Prize, Outback Art Prize, Cowra Art Prize and Waverley Art Prize.
Dana has held 7 solo exhibitions, including at Art2Muse Gallery (Sydney), Art Gallery on Darling (Sydney) and Without Pier Gallery (Melbourne).
Articles and Reviews
Homes Beautiful March 2017
The Australian House and Garden October 2015
The North Shore Times, 16 November 2014
A La Mode Sydney 2015
The Jewish News March 2014, November 2015, March 2017
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 – Mayor’s office
Lifestyle Manor building Bondi NSW – Commission of 27 art works