Dai Wynn

EAGLEMONT, Australia

Dai Wynn is a realist artist with a technical background. He paints portraits and landscapes in Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia....

Dai Wynn is an Australian artist working from a studio located in Eaglemont at the foot of Mount Eagle, the celebrated 1888 birthplace of the Heidelberg School of Art. Eaglemont is about 12 kilometres north east of Melbourne, Victoria.

Dai is an abbreviation of the Welsh Christian name of Dafydd (pronounced Dahveth) and Wynn has the meaning of “white” or “fair skinned” in Welsh.

Dai (in other contexts he answers to his given name – David) is a realist painter in oils and water colours, producing works of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and floral arrangements, as well as portraits.

Dai is currently working on an oil painting of the Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the domes of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy. He spent several days in Venice in 2015.

He is a regular exhibitor in the Rotary Art Show in Camberwell, and has exhibited in the Shanghai International Art Fair thrice in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Shanghai Art Fair is the largest in China and features several hundred galleries from around the world, attracting some 65,000 visitors over five days.

Dai has completed several commissioned portraits of distinguished Australians.

Dai submitted a portrait for the 2010 Archibald Prize. He was one of almost 700 artists to enter the prestigious Archibald Prize for Portraiture in 2008.

He exhibited at Melbourne’s Collingwood Gallery twice in 2011, at the Herald-Sun Rotary Art Show in 2011 and 2012, at the Bayside Rotary Art Show in Brighton and the Hobsons Bay Rotary Art Show in Williamstown in 2012.

He twice showed works at the Kew Courthouse, High Street, Kew, Victoriain 2011 with the Boroondara Artists Travelling Show (BATS).

Dai exhibited seven of his works in Geelong in March 2012; five oils at Edrington in Berwick in mid-February 2012; three oils at the Camberwell Rotary Art Show in April 2012; and three oils and two watercolours at the South Eastern Arts Festival at St Margaret’s in Berwick, VIC 13-15 April 2012.

Dai was commissioned to paint an oils on canvas of “Saint Kilda Landmarks” and painted a smaller oils on canvas, entitled “Urban Renewal? You can (almost) bank on it” for Camberwell on Canvas, exhibited in November 2012 and awarded the Committee’s Choice prize.

Dai is often asked whether his European paintings were executed “en plein air”. While it would have been wonderful to sit on a Venetian quay with an easel and paintbox for several days, this would clearly have been totally impractical. Thus, all his paintings are based on reference photographs taken by Dai in person and in situ. He therefore holds copyright to both photograph and the resulting artwork image.

  • Joined: February 2007

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