Dave’s Art BIO/CV


Dave Williams has lived a life in nature and on the ocean; surfing, sailing, diving and exploring. His early memories are of beaches, shacks and ocean life in all its forms. A shark gifted to him by his Grandfather, hand-carved from driftwood. Growing up with artists, his Mother, Aunties and Cousins, family built wood-fired and Raku kilns and hand-built ceramics in their old wooden shack on the NSW coast.

His nostalgia and passion for environment is what has driven him as an artist for the last 20 years. His work reflects both love and despair for the environment and through mixed media he weaves an engaging narrative that invites people to reminisce, reflect and question the state of the planet, especially our oceans.

Dave realised early the power of his art to engage, delight, educate and change attitudes. He also realised that he needed to choose his battles and from 2008 concentrated his work on the plight of sharks; seeing them as a metaphor for the wider issues the oceans face worldwide.

In 2015 Dave moved to Hobart, Tasmania and set up a studio within the industrial wooden boat yards of Battery Point, on the River Derwent. A fitting location, that connects him daily with other artists and the Southern Ocean.

His research, explorations and experiences have inspired hundreds of sketches, paintings and sculptural works. It is his commitment and the combination of exceptional practice and an authentic and passionate story that makes his work so successful.


Dave Williams is an artist with more than 20 years’ experience in the commercial and fine art community in Australia and internationally. His work is heavily influenced by his passion for the natural world and the Australian ocean culture, where he can be considered alongside other contemporaries such as Tony Edwards, Reg Mombassa and Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. A background as a registered builder and architectural draftsman enables the artist to realise and create major three-dimensional artworks from his drawings and paintings.

Dave has received numerous invitations from major galleries and organisations who are committed to conservation including Sea Shepherd Australia, Surf Rider Association, RSPCA, Wild Island Tasmania, The Wilderness Society and the Bob Brown Foundation while also being included in major fine art galleries and exhibitions in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Singapore, USA, France, Japan and China.

Combining contemporary mixed media sculptural techniques with an often-humorous narrative, he leaves room for the viewer to engage and be delighted before they look deeper and consider the depth of the message. In addition to the following exhibitions and commissions he has donated numerous original artworks to various causes relating to ocean conservation, climate change and the environment.


2018 Opened Battery Point Boatshed Art Studio, Hobart

2016 Opened studio Hobart CBD Tasmania

2013 Founded ‘dave’ art, design, ethical organic clothing label

2011 Opened Art Studio, Fremantle WA.

1999 Invited to submit designs – Australian Surf Brands

1998 Established an Art Gallery in Prahran Melbourne


2006 First Prize – Forests for Water, Water for Life T-shirt competition, the Wilderness Society

2003 Highly Commended Sculptural Award, Outdoor Art Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Art from Trash recycled art group exhibition Long Gallery Salamanca Hobart.

2017 Sea Shepherd Tasmania group art exhibition Hobart

Artworks selected for Bob Brown Foundation exhibition Melbourne

Group exhibition Wild Island Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart

Art from Trash recycled art group exhibition Long Gallery Salamanca Hobart

2016 Tarkine in Motion, Brisbane Exhibition, Jugglers Art Space

Tarkine in Motion – 120 Artists NW Tasmania. Bob Brown Foundation

Art from Trash recycled art group exhibition Long Gallery Salamanca Hobart

2014 Burleigh Heads Shark Rally/Fundraiser Exhibition for #nowasharkcull

2012 Sea Shepherd fundraiser Perth, group Exhibition Fremantle

Cossack Art Awards Group Exhibition Pilbara WA

2010 Sea Shepherd fundraising Exhibition ‘Stone and Wood’ brewery Byron bay. 2009 Sea Shepherd Exhibition Brisbane Museum

2008 Exhibited Queensland Government event, China

2007 Invited to Exhibit KL Malaysia Australian Embassy

RSPCA Painting donation Brisbane fundraiser

2007 Framed Gallery Darwin group show NT

Invited to Exhibit KL Malaysia Australian Embassy

Solo show Emporium Gallery, Brisbane

2006 Infusions Gallery, Group exhibition Los Angeles, USA

Emporium Gallery, group show Brisbane

2005 Featured in the Contemporary Australian Art Magazine USA

2004 Expressions of love Australia and Indonesia Group Exhibition, Byron Bay

Sunshine Coast Environment Council – painting donation

Indoor Art Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery

2003 Austrade Australian Beach Culture Show, Paris, France

2002 Australian Surf Expo, Australian Embassy, Tokyo Japan

2001 Painting donation, Ningaloo Reef Campaign

2000 Gone Surfing – own gallery Melbourne

1999 Surf Rider Exhibition. Surfing Museum. Torquay Victoria

Collections & Commissions

2012 Painted works for Environmental consulting offices Perth

2009 Irwin family purchase and permanent display of large sculpture Placebo Soup in Australia Zoo, QLD

2007 Exhibition at Marina Square, Singapore

2007 Singapore Government commission painted mural to be used for Jurong Bird Park tour buses & clothing range

Bloodstone Boots, Singapore commission

2002 Drink company labels. ‘Ride’ ‘Surf’ ‘Snow’ ‘Skate’

2001 Selection of a series of limited edition prints by Quicksilver Europe, following an invitation to meet with the creative team in France.