Dallas Lesley

Dallas has twice been a finalist in the Sulman Prize, in the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Exhibition at the

Art Gallery of NSW. Her paintings have been exhibited in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Fiji, and the USA,

and she has been a selected finalist in art awards exhibitions around Australia, including the Fleurieu Art

Prize, the Percival Portrait Prize, the Brisbane Art Prize, the Blake Prize Director’s Cut, The Sulman Prize

and the ANL Maritime Art Prize amongst many others. The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville

acquired Dallas’ portrait painting of Christine Anu, the singer and actor, for the gallery's permanent

collection. Her works are held in corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally, and

Dallas’ paintings have been valued and approved for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Art has been the heart of Dallas’ life and career. Dallas studied art & design at Sydney Technical

College’s Randwick College and completed a diploma in Art & Design, and studied historical principles

and painting at the Charlie Sheard Studio School. She has been represented by art galleries since 1999,

and her exhibitions have included the Australian Art Pavilion at the Shanghai Art Fair and solo exhibitions

in Hong Kong, Fiji and around Australia. Dallas has been included in over 80 Group Exhibitions around

Australia and overseas, and she paints large commissioned pieces for corporate and residential.

Dallas has been the Guest Speaker at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Australia’s oldest art school,

has addressed corporate events at her exhibitions in Hong Kong and public events including the Sheraton

Fiji Resort to give an insight into the way she develops her artwork. She is a supporter of charities and

sponsors the Parrot Rescue Centre in Queensland and the RSPCA, and she is the Art Curator & Sponsor

of the Arts Section of the NSW Cancer Council Posh Auction since 2000, which raises over $1,000,000

every year for cancer research grants and patient support services.

Her series of paintings includes her ocean inspired pieces from Opalescence, inspired by the ocean and

the coastline’s flowing aqua tides. Other series reflect her core love of animals and nature, with birds and

their colours influencing the Wings Series and Exotica Paradiso Series.

OPALESCENCE SERIES

In this recent series of paintings called Opalescence, Dallas has engaged new materials and techniques

to make this her unique interpretation of the way in which she sees the iridescent layers of the coasts and

shoreline, and the crystalline elements of the sea.

In these paintings, the ocean and coastal streams wind through white washed sands, and shell-encrusted

seabeds reveal opalescent forms sculpted by the current’s motion. A rocky outcrop reveals tiny pockets of

glistening sea life immersed in the pearly pools left behind by the receding tides. The series evolved quite

organically from Dallas’ previous works – the layering of heavy impasto scraped through with sand and

various media, and the fluid movements and shimmering surfaces reflected between textural elements.

Dallas’ use of these impasto structured layers has been evident throughout her various series of work,

and is a recognisable signature of her art practice.

Craig Lewis, Lewis & Lewis – Art Collector –

“I was thrilled to see the very first paintings in this new series by Dallas Lesley. What struck me

immediately was the superb way in which she has captured the very essence of water. There is

movement, transparency, and reflective rippled surface textures within compositions that draw the eye

deeply into the images. These are outstanding pictures that will always delight and intrigue the viewer.”

Dallas says – “My Opalescence paintings are a direct response to my exploration of the Queensland

coast. The base is under-painted in ground pearl pigments, then areas are sculpted with sand and stones

collected from the shores. The work is developed with hand shaped laser-cut shell and layers of resins,

which are poured and mixed continuously with inks until they set just enough to hold the colour in the

desired flowing forms. Glass pieces are placed into the work before final top layers and semi solid resins

are dropped onto the surface.”

SELECTED FINALIST EXHIBITIONS

2018 Lethbridge 10000 Art prize - Brisbane

2017 The Brisbane Art Prize 2017 – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane QLD

2016 Lethbridge 10000 Art prize - Brisbane

2015 The ANL Maritime Art Prize - Melbourne

2014 The Sulman Prize – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Exhibition, AGNSW, Sydney

2011 The Blake Prize Director’s Cut Exhibition – The Blake Society

2010 Percival Portrait Prize - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD

2009 The ANL Maritime Art Prize - Melbourne NSW Australia

2008 The Sulman Prize - Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Exhibition, AGNSW, Sydney

2008 Winner - The Earth Prize Art Award & The Banrock Station Art Prize, Sydney

2007 The Berkelouw Self Portrait Prize - BDAS Art Gallery

2006 The Blake Exceptions Exhibition - The Blake Society, Sydney

2006 The 2006 Hills Grammar Art Prize - Sydney

2005 The Canberra Art Prize Exhibition - Canberra

2005 The Cromwell’s Art Prize Exhibition - Sydney

2004 The Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Art Prize – South Australia

2002 Winner - The International Art Contest 2002 - Modern Art

2001 The Manning Art Prize - Manning Regional Art Gallery

2001 Konami Landscape Award-Horizons Gallery/selection Tweed Regional Gallery

2001 The John Copes Prize – BDAS Art Gallery

2001 Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary Art Award-Campbelltown Bicentennial Art Gallery

2000 - The Inaugural Watling-Von Bibra Art Award – Southport

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Worldmark South Pacific Resort - Fiji

2011 Traffic Jam Galleries - Sydney

2009 The Salamanca Collection - Hobart

2008 LK Galleries - Perth

2007 Rushcutters Bay Gallery - Sydney

2007 The Salamanca Collection - Hobart

2006 LK Galleries - Perth

2006 House of Phillips Fine Art - Sydney

2005 David Hart Galleries - Noosa

2004 Bark Modern Art - Central, Hong Kong

2004 Sara Roney Gallery - Sydney

2003 Jackman Gallery - Melbourne

2003 Hill on Hargrave Gallery - Sydney

2003 Bark Modern Art - Central, Hong Kong

2002 Valerie Cohen Gallery - Sydney

2002 Sheraton Hotels and Resorts - Nadi, Fiji

2001 Valerie Cohen Gallery - Sydney

2000 Valerie Cohen Gallery - Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 - The Brisbane Art Prize – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane QLD

2016 - Lethbridge 10000 Art prize - Brisbane

2015 - The ANL Maritime Art Prize - Melbourne

2014 – The Belle Arti Prize – Melbourne

2013 - The Gateway Exhibition - Sydney

2010 - Liverpool City Art Prize - Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre - Sydney

2009 - Sculpture in the Vineyards - Hunter Valley NSW

2008 - 2012 Towers Exhibition - Chifley & Gov. Phillip & Macquarie Towers - Sydney

2008 - 2010 Mosman Festival of Sculpture ~ Sydney

2007 - 2012 Darling Park Exhibition - Sydney

2007 - 2012 Sculptures in Australia Square - Sydney

2007 - Aquasculpture - Hastings River Foreshore - Port Macquarie Hastings Council

2006 - Australian Art Pavillion at the Shanghai Art Fair

2004 - Spring Salon - Limner Gallery New York

2006 - 2018 - Art Nomad ~ Melbourne

2008 - Art Melbourne 2008 - RB Gallery - Royal Exhibition Centre - Melbourne

2007 - Artitude Exhibition - Perth - curated by Sotheby’s & Perth Galleries WA

2006 - 2010 - LK Galleries - Perth

2005 - 2011 - Summer / Winter Exhibitions - The Salamanca Collection – Hobart

2004 - 2009 - House of Phillips Fine Art - Sydney

2004 - 2008 - David Hart Galleries - Noosa and Mooloolaba

2003 - 2007 - Art Galleries Schubert - Main Beach / Gold Coast

2002 - 2008 - Bark Modern Art - Hong Kong

2004 - Unmasked - Mosman Art Gallery - Sydney

2003 - 2004 - Sydney Affordable Art Show - House of Phillips - Sydney

1999 – 2003 - Valerie Cohen Gallery - Sydney

2002 - 2004 - Jackman Gallery - Melbourne

2002 – 2003 - Art Collections Gallery - Gold Coast

2001 - 2005 - Wall Street Exchange - Qantas Club & Chairmans Lounges – Kingsford Smith Airport,

Sydney

2000 - 2018 - The Posh Auction - The Westin - Sydney

2000 – 2002 – Bondi Wadi Gallery, Sydney

2000 - 2002 - Red Hill Gallery-~ Brisbane

1999 – 2000 - Ansett Golden Wing Lounges - Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney

1999 – Jill Richards Gallery, Sydney

PUBLISHED / REPRODUCED

2014 – Dallas Lesley, Recent Work – The Art Box, Stephen Wilson, 14 March, 2014

2011 - Cowboys & Angels - Harbourview Magazine, 11 May, 2011

2008 - The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Exhibitions-The Happy Antipodean, Mar08

2007 - The artist who captures the ocean - Tracey Whiteford - Seaspray Magazine, Aug-Sept

2007 - Dallas Lesley at The Salamanca Collection - Joerg Andersch - Hobart Mercury, Jan

2006 - Hanging around the Galleries - Sarah McNeill – Time Out Post, 11 November

2006 - Biz Watch - featured artist CCTV9 (Central China Television) 16 November

2006 - Hot Tickets – Gallery - The Sun Herald, 27 August

2006 - What’s On - Australian Art Review - Web News/Article AAR, September 2006

2006 - Technology transforms the world of art - Antiques & Art in Victoria, Apr-Aug

2006 - Artistic Inspiration - Luxury Home Design, Volume 9, No.2

2006 - Meet the Artist - Noosa Weekender, Issue 158, 3 March

2006 - Gallery’s Choice - Jess Ruiz - Insite Magazine, Spring Edition

2006 - Diverse Divas - Australian Art Review - Web News/Article AAR, Sept 2006

2005 - In Profile - Dallas Lesley – Brush Magazine, Issue 14, 2005

2004 - Oceanscapes - Lenny-Ann Low - Sydney Morning Herald Nov. 6, 2004

2003 - Dallas Lesley - Annabel Walker - South China Morning Post, 7 Sept 2003

2003 - Artist in Profile - Investment Art Update - House of Phillips Fine Art, Issue 4

2003 - Hong Kong Visual ArtMap - Issue 09, September, 2003

2002 - Australian Artist Makes Waves – Audi Magazine Australia, March 2002

2002 - Water world - Wentworth Courier / Lifestyle, 3 April, 2002

2001 - Seasonal Drama - The Qantas Club Magazine, Winter Edition

2001 - Art exhibition captures the essence of Rome - Audi Alliance Newsletter

1999 - Artistic duo - Insight, The Southern Courier, April 27, 1999

OTHER

- Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville - Dallas' portrait of Christine Anu hangs in the gallery’s

permanent collection. The painting was valued and approved by the Australian Government’s Cultural

Gifts Program.

- Corporate & Private Collections ~ Australia, Fiji, Japan, Hong Kong, China, the UK and the USA

- Curator & Sponsor of the Arts Section of the NSW Cancer Council Posh Auction since 2000

- 2007 Guest Speaker at Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney NSW Australia

- 2000 – 2018 - Arts Travel & Research ~ USA, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Hungary, Hong Kong,

United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji and Mexico