DALLAS LESLEY SELECTED AS A FINALIST AGAIN FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS SULMAN PRIZE
Dallas Lesley was a finalist for the second time in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2014. This was the first painting released from Dallas Lesley's new series “Winged” for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prize Exhibition.
Revealing the enriching bond between animals and humans, Dallas Lesley's careful consideration of the resplendent colours and supreme beauty of these birds and the awareness that some of these species are fast losing their space in their habitats, her work encompasses the acknowledged care for these lives. Dallas Lesley’s parrot and birds who have been in her care feature in many of her works, and her new subject matter continues to engage the highly textural content of her paintings.
THE ARCHIBALD, WYNNE & SULMAN PRIZE EXHIBITION AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS TO THE MEDIA AT THE AGNSW
Viewing Dallas Lesley’s Sulman Prize finalist painting at the Announcement of the Winners function for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes was the gracious and charming Richard Roxburgh, who shared a laugh with Dallas Lesley and her sister about the exhibition, the finalists’ pieces, and having his own portrait painted.
Richard was the sitter for Paul Ryan’s Archibald Prize finalist painting, Rox.
The Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Finalists and Sitters are invited to attend the Artists Lunch, the Winners Announcements, and the Opening Night Invitation Party to celebrate the launch of this highly anticipated annual event on the Australian Arts Calendar.
DALLAS LESLEY SPONSOR - THE NSW CANCER COUNCIL POSH AUCTION GALA BALL
With a group at the NSWCC, the “Posh” Auction began, and has now grown into one of Australia’s largest fundraising events. Dallas Lesley is a volunteer, sponsor and the art curator for the NSWCC Posh Auction since its inception, and organises the donation of artworks to join in this highly anticipated event each year. The Posh Auction Ball is held in the ballroom of The Westin Hotel, Sydney, with over 700 people attending.
The Posh Artists who have contributed along with Dallas Lesley over the years have included Fred Cress, Margaret Woodward, Martine Emdur, Peter Fennell, Nada Herman, Denise Campbell, Regina Noakes, Peter Griffen and many more who have given so generously. The Posh Auction raises around $1million each year, which funds research into cancer prevention, new cancer treatments, and provides practical and emotional support to those affected by cancer.
DALLAS LESLEY'S PORTRAIT OF CHRISTINE ANU IN THE PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY COLLECTION
Christine Anu has beautiful eyes and a strong profile to paint. She is one of Australia’s most well-known entertainers of Torres Strait Islander descent. Christine told Dallas Lesley the stories of Torres Strait Island life as she was painting her for the Xstrata Portrait Prize and the Archibald Prize, and of the songs that her Mother would sing to her, of ancestry, family, and the journey from childhood to adult life. Dallas Lesley layered the painting with the things that Christine holds in her heart – recollections of her ancestry, and the reverence with which she carries the memories of the traditional ties she has to her region, and with the natural environment. The imagery of the Dhari, the Torres Strait Islanders’ headdress, is ghosted almost tattoo-like into the painting along with the evidence of the birds from whom the materials are sourced. The Cassowary is her family emblem and is of spiritual significance.
The painting was valued and approved by the Australian Government for the Cultural Gifts Program.
DALLAS LESLEY FINALIST IN THE SULMAN PRIZE 2008 AT THE ART GALLERY OF NSW
The morning after – the party’s over - Dallas Lesley’s painting was a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2008. This series has been exhibited by her representative galleries around Australia, and also in China and Hong Kong.
The paintings in this series present a series of facetted layers whilst dripping saturated hues. Heavily layered with impasto, the highly tactile quality of the surface is reached through a process of layering and scraping away. Vivid colour now cascades down through the imprimatura, creating a palpable tension between the mediums.
Insite Magazine -“Dallas Lesley combines an intense use of tonal contrasts and chiaroscuro with a masterful understanding of perspective to create a work that is both subtle and engrossing.”
SEASPRAY MAGAZINE – A 4 PAGE INSITE INTO DALLAS LESLEY BY TRACEY WHITEFORD
Seaspray published a four page editorial on Dallas Lesley and her art practice, written by Tracey Whiteford, with acclaimed photographer Andrea Francolini shooting Dallas Lesley in her studio.
Tracey wrote – “The glimpses of pure natural beauty that most of us miss in our busy existence have become the inspiration for powerful works of art Dallas Lesley produces. Dallas Lesley is so involved when capturing the moment that nothing can pull her away from the canvas until she is satisfied. Her studio is spotless and extremely well organised, her art work is commissioned or for shows, and she goes about her business getting her art to the gallery with the utmost precision and in a timely manner. From the first moment of stretching the canvas on the frame to shipping it to the gallery on the other side of the world this is a one woman show that never misses a beat or lets a client down.”
A MAJOR NEW DALLAS LESLEY WORK FOR MD COSMEDICAL AT THE SHERATON ON THE PARK
Commissioned pieces of artwork make a space feel truly special for everyone. Dr Buddy Paul Beaini and Vicky Lambrinos, of MD Cosmedical Solutions, briefed Dallas Lesley on creating a unique piece of art for their grand reception area in their practice at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.
The work is in four panels, layered with text and imagery reflecting on the specialty treatments offered to their clients. It imbues a sense of classical serenity whilst bursting with colours that were relative to the brief, and creates the transition from the busy city outside their doors.
SHANGHAI ART FAIR – DALLAS LESLEY AT THE AUSTRALIAN ART PAVILLION 2006
During the Shanghai Art Fair in 2006, Dallas Lesley, Sulman Prize winner Rodney Monk, and glass artist Giselle Courtney were exhibiting their artworks in a presentation together as part of The Australian Art Pavilion.
The Australian Art Pavillion had 20 galleries and artists representing a diverse blend of works from all around Australia. The art fair had record attendance, and translators worked with the Dallas Lesley and the artists to assist in discussion with the public.
Dallas Lesley’s works were featured on “Biz Watch“ on CCTV (Central China Television) during the course of the Art Fair. Dallas Lesley's paintings have also been shown in the US program "How Do I Look", one of The Style Network's most-watched series.
“THERE’S MORE” FROM TIM SHAW – TIM, ON DALLAS LESLEY'S PAINTING HIM FOR THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE
The artist Dallas Lesley is my friend and a very talented artist. She asked if she could paint my portrait. I said yes. I was honoured to be asked. Dallas Lesley indicated she wanted to portray a side of me in this painting that has never been publicly exposed.
Publicly I am the ubiquitous Tim Shaw, the Demtel man, and the steak knife guy. Nearly every Australian has seen a side of me in television commercials and in the media, selling anything from kitchenware to hamburgers to music CD’s. As a result the public ‘know’ who I am. But do they? They have only seen me as a salesman spruiking those words “But wait there’s more”. Those words have permanently altered the Australian vernacular.
However this painting is showing people what they ‘don’t know’ about me. Things like the sides of me that have other interests and outputs. But wait, there really IS more to Tim Shaw than meets the eye on the television screen.
Dallas Lesley has captured on canvas my ‘more’ side. I salute her talent. - Tim Shaw.
DALLAS LESLEY AT AQUASCULPTURE & SCULPTURE IN THE VINEYARDS
Dallas Lesley engages with textural components when she paints, and has taken these tactile references into sculptural works. Many of Dallas Lesley's sculptures reference the sea and coastal shores, using new and used materials to produce these pieces.
Dallas Lesley's sculptures have been selected for exhibitions around NSW including “Aquasculpture”, at Port Macquarie on the Hastings River foreshore and “Sculpture in the Vineyards” in the Hunter Valley, NSW, along with many other venues through the Sculptors Society.
The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts invited Dallas Lesley to be their Guest Sculptor Speaker in the “Sydney Sculpture – Living Sydney” Series at the School of Arts in Sydney.
A SPECIAL OFFER FOR AUDI ALLIANCE MEMBERS FOR DALLAS LESLEY EXHIBITION
Audi Australia took the opportunity early to be involved with an exhibition of Dallas Lesley’s paintings at the prestigious Valerie Cohen Gallery in Paddington, when she was ready to release a body of work she had produced on Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
The exhibition and opening night were a great success and included an exclusive offer for Audi Alliance Silver members.
This series of Dallas Lesley's work was the first of many to be exhibited in the Qantas Club Chairmans Lounges and featured in the Qantas Club magazine.
DALLAS LESLEY SPONSORED BY CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES
Captain Cook Cruises sponsored Dallas Lesley on her explorations of the reefs around the Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Swimming in the turquoise waters of the reefs around these waterways was the catalyst for Dallas Lesley’s body of works titled “Immersion”. The Sheraton Fiji Resort held an exhibition of Dallas Lesley's paintings and she was invited to discuss this series with the public at the Sheraton Fiji and on board the MV Reef Escape.
Paintings from Dallas Lesley's Immersion Series have been selected as finalists in several judged exhibitions, including The Walkom Manning Art Prize and The Fisher’s Ghost Contemporary Art Prize. This series has been exhibited by Dallas Lesley's representative galleries around Australia, and in New York, China, Fiji and Hong Kong.
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