Johnnie Dady

Born in England in 1961, Johnnie Dady trained in both the UK and Australia, primarily in sculpture. A particular interest in drawing eventually led to work in both 3-D and 2-D towards a hybrid that deals with drawing as ‘object’ in space. The past 13 years have seen the development of ideas to architectural scales that seek to mutate the design process by realising ‘propositional drawings’ in real space at actual scale; the proposition becoming the real.

He lectures on a part time basis in Sculpture and Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art in South Australia and his past projects are in both visual art and design at Adelaide University, the University of SA, Flinders University and Monash University. Since 1983 he has had fifteen solo exhibitions, numerous Group Exhibitions as well as developing performance, site specific projects and collaborative works. Dady has received Art Direction and Production Design awards in Film and has undertaken major Public Sculpture and Design Commissions. In 2001 he was granted the Australia Council London Studio residency and awarded a Mid career fellowship by Arts SA. In 2006 he was granted the Australia Council Rome studio residency.

Over two decades Johnnie Dady has developed a practice that is specifically about the poetry of the making event. The work draws upon, and is expressed in, a broad 3-Dimensional arena.

Johnnie Dady is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery, South Australia and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.

Johnnie Dady's website can be viewed here.