Dario Falzon

Artist’s Statement

I consider myself a traditional realist painter. I’m inspired by finding the beauty in subtle, intimate scenes all around me. I work with oil paint because I find it the most versatile and suitable medium. My brushes and knives allow me a multitude of ways to describe and indicate an impression of my subject.

Primarily working en plein air, I capture impressions of the landscape around me. In working from life I’m constantly challenged by the passage of time but I feel that this is what gives my artwork its own unique voice. My paintings are a product of direct observation and experience of the landscape.

I may pass what appears to be a mundane scene every day but for a small window of time, when the light is right, it transforms into something extraordinary, and that’s what I’m always looking for and trying to capture.

 

Oil Painting on panel of a lakeside surrounded by natural woodland and a fallen tree.

Where they Dwell. 8″ x 12″. Oil on Panel.

About the Artist:

Dario Falzon (b. 1979)

Currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia

I was born in Bogota, Colombia, 1979, and adopted by Australian parents. I grew up in Western Sydney, primarily around the Hawkesbury area. As a boy I was always drawing; If I didn’t have pen and paper in hand it was an odd occurrence. This continued through much of my youth. However, In my teens I became involved in music and was part of a hip hop group. I went on to be a solo artist, releasing an EP and two solo albums and appearing on various hip hop compilations.

In my late twenties I felt that I needed a creative change. My artistic expression came full circle when I enrolled in a community college course studying the basics of art. I had returned to my first creative love. Shortly thereafter I found the Julian Ashton Art School and enrolled on a part-time basis. It was around this point in time that I began to fully appreciate my interest in landscape painting and I began to seek out specific artists and workshops that could help me develop my skills, learning from respected Australian artists such as Kasey Sealy and Todd Whisson.

In 2016 I was fortunate to become an international brand ambassador for Michael Harding Paints, accompanying them to the Plein Air Convention in Tucson, Arizona. While there I was enrolled as a faculty member and gave a demonstration of my painting technique.

I have exhibited in group shows and national art prizes such as the annual Camberwell Art Show and Victor Harbor Rotary club show, where I was awarded a bronze award in 2016. I was also a recent finalist in the prestigious Len Fox Art Award, a biennial art award show held by the Castlemaine Art Museum in Victoria, Australia.

My work has been published in Australian Artist Magazine, Art/Edit Magazine and the Rosemary & Co Artist Brushes newsletter.

I am an Exhibiting Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW and brand ambassador for Michael Harding Paints.

 

Oil on Panel of a woodland scene with a lake through a break in the trees

After a Long Silence. Oil on Panel. 8″ x 16″. Private Collection

 

Education

Studied Under:

  • Rod Wong (Julian Ashton Art School)
  • Sam Wade (Julian Ashton Art School)
  • Jessica Ashton (Julian Ashton Art School)
  • Kasey Sealy
  • Todd Whisson

 

Exhibitions

  • 2018 – ‘Chasing the Line Drawing Exhibition’, Royal Art Society of NSW (group exhibition)
  • 2017 – ‘RAS Christmas Exhibition’, Royal Art Society of NSW (group exhibition)
  • 2017 – ‘My Sydney’, Governor Phillip Tower, Sydney (solo exhibition)
  • 2017 – Autumn Exhibition 2017, Macquarie Towns Arts Society Inc. (group exhibition)
  • 2017 – Singleton Art Prize 2017 (group exhibition)
  • 2016 – Finalist – 2016 Len Fox Art Award, Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine, Victoria (group exhibition)
  • 2016 – 2016 Camberwell Art Show, Swinburne University, Hawthorne Melbourne (group exhibition)
  • 2016 – The 37th Rotary Club of Victor Harbor Art Show, Victor Harbor, South Australia (group exhibition)
  • 2015 – “The Real Refuses”, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney (group exhibition)
  • 2015 – Camberwell Art Show, Swinburne University, Hawthorne Melbourne (group exhibition)
  • 2014 – “En Plein Air”, Wedge Gallery, Kinokuniya, Sydney (group exhibition)
  • 2014 – Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Exhibition, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney
  • 2013 – Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Exhibition, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney
  • 2011 – Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Exhibition, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney
  • 2010 – Julian Ashton Student & Teacher Exhibition, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Sydney

 

Awards

  • Highly Commended, Traditional – Singleton Art Prize 2017
  • First Prize – Oil or Acrylic – Autumn Exhibition 2017, Macquarie Towns Arts Society Inc.
  • Bronze Acquisitive Award Prize – The Victor Harbor Art Show 2016. Sponsored by Victor Harbor Real Estate “Professionals”

 

Publications

  • Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes: Newsletter (August Edition, Issue 9, Rosemary & Co Artists Brushes) – “Plein Air and Finishing in the Studio” by Dario Falzon. pg.12. (http://issuu.com/0li4tw/docs/newsletter-aug-2015)
  • Australian Artist Magazine (August Edition, Issue 374, International Artist Pty. Ltd.) – Artist’s Pictorial “Landscape Marvels: Dario Falzon”. pps 40 – 48.
  • Art/Edit (April to June, Issue 06, Magnesium Media) – Landscape Virtuoso Feature

 
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