“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
"...Dallas Lesley's control of evocative light constructs a presence across her entire body of works”. Valerie Cohen, Valerie Cohen Gallery
“Dallas Lesley's new series explodes 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 flights of fancy.” "A timeless journey of tantalising textures" - Grant Wolf – Writer, actor, entertainer
Twice a finalist in the Sulman Prize Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, Dallas has exhibited her works in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Fiji, and the USA. She has been a selected finalist in several prestigious art awards exhibitions around Australia, including the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Xstrata 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 Winged series. Her detailed paintings are a textural expression of the exhilaration she finds in her core love of nature and it’s link to humankind. Her works are recognised for her luscious use of sweeping impasto brushstrokes and layered textural content.
Dallas Lesey graduated from the Sydney Institute of Technology with a Diploma of Graphic Art & Design, and went on to become Art Director and Creative Director at a number of profiled Sydney advertising agencies. She designed, wrote and directed press, print and television for clients including Holden, Breville and Max Factor, and designed and painted fine art illustrations for packaging and advertising for Faberge perfumes amongst many other clients. Dallas was also involved in exhibitions, and she began painting full time to follow a career in the visual arts.
From her first exhibitions in Paddington, NSW, Dallas Lesley has been represented by Valerie Cohen Fine Art, House of Phillips Fine Art and Rushcutters Bay 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.