“Paintings are meditative … you travel into an imaginary world: awake, alert, yet completely absorbing … not thinking of anything else. If I can bring you along with me into that world with my painting, I will have succeeded.
“My abstract landscapes are based on the Australian bush, water and my connections to the geographies of previous places I have lived: Israel, Africa, USA, Canada and England. I aim my paintings to be luscious and evocative, exploring both the physical landscape and an inner understanding and interpretation of that landscape.
“Experiences and feelings of nature are taken back to my studio. I paint large, use a lot of paint and, while painting, move energetically to allow movement to initiate rhythms and flow. Intuition of the landscape and boldness drive the work.
“The art aims to capture the interaction of branches, trees, vegetation, rocks, hills, lakes and water. Trees, for example, create ‘windows’ to the view beyond, encapsulating the intimacy of the Australian landscape: the slow-moving flux of trees, leaves and branches, disappearing and reappearing, and the subtle changes in light, space and texture.
“Painting a landscape creates, for me and hopefully my viewers, a sense of shared ownership and belonging: a connection, a duty of care, and common experience.” – Dana Dion.
Dana was born in Israel and spent much of her childhood between Israel, Kenya, Tanzania, and Canada. In 2000 Dana relocated to Australia, where she found herself at home, inspired by Australia’s varied, subtle landscape. Dana dedicated herself to full time painting in 2005 and she has since won numerous Australian art prizes. Her works have been acquired in public and private collections.
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Tuesday 15 May to Monday 28 May 2018