Johnnie Dady

Johnnie Dady

Lecturer, Drawing and Sculpture


Johnnie Dady is an artist and lecturer who trained in both the UK and Australia. His practice is interdiciplinary, combining sculpture, drawing, set design and architecture. He has lectured with us for several decades and has helped shape our rigourous approach to studio-based teaching.

Johnnie Dady was born in England in 1961 and is trained primarily in sculpture. 

Johnnie’s practice is deeply concerned with the poetry of the making event. His particular interest in drawing eventually led to work in both 3-D and 2-D, using hybridising strategies to explore drawing as ‘object’ in space. He has explored the possibilities of working at architectural scale, seeking to mutate the design process by realising ‘propositional drawings’ in real space at actual scale; the proposition becoming the real. 

Johnnie has worked on projects in both visual art and design through the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and Monash University. Since 1983 he has had fifteen solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibitions and has developed performances, 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 South Australia. In 2006 he was granted the Australia Council Rome studio residency.

Johnnie Dady is represented by GAGPROJECTS (Greenaway Art Gallery), Adelaide and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.

Johnnie Dady’s website can be viewed here.

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