“Dallas Lesley's paintings explode with movement, colour and energy. Her passion for and affiliation with native and exotic birds has led to a hyper-real dance of birds in flight. A timeless journey of tantalising textures" - Grant Wolf – Writer, actor, entertainer
Also in the Sulman Prize is Dallas Lesley’s revolutionary “The morning after – the party’s over”, which is done in what I learn is a signature style. This is compulsively Romantic, genre-based and determinedly figurative.” - The Happy Antipodean
Twice a finalist in the Sulman Prize Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, Dallas’ works have been exhibited in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Fiji, and the USA. She has been a selected finalist in several other art awards exhibitions around Australia, including the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Percival Portrait Prize, the Blake Prize Director’s Cut and the ANL Maritime Art Prize amongst 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 Lesley's paintings have been valued and approved by the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Dallas’ main body of works is the Wings Series, paintings which are a textural expression of the exhilaration she finds in her core love of nature and it’s link to humankind. Her works show luscious use of sweeping impasto with knife and brushstrokes, and layered textural content.
Art has been the heart of Dallas’ life and career. She painted and was trained at the Randwick Campus of the Sydney Institute of Technology. While continuing to paint, she was an accomplished Art Director and Creative Director at a number of profiled Sydney advertising agencies. She designed, wrote and directed press, print and television advertising, and designed and painted fine art illustrations for packaging and advertising for Faberge perfumes amongst many other clients. Dallas chose to paint full time to follow a career in the visual fine arts, and has been represented by galleries since 2000.
From her first exhibitions in Paddington, NSW, Dallas has been represented by Valerie Cohen Fine Art, House of Phillips Fine Art, Rushcutters Bay Gallery and Traffic Jam Gallery in Sydney, The Jackman Gallery and Art Nomad in Melbourne, Art Galleries Schubert and David Hart Galleries in Queensland, LK Galleries in Perth, The Salamanca Collection in Tasmania, and Bark Modern Art in Hong Kong.