Dave’s Art BIO/CV


Dave Williams’ Art is born on the ocean floor and transcends the aqueous threshold to grow as lichen on a canvas membrane. There is a sympathetic and compassionate insight to the environment. Our human interaction and interruption are subtlety represented in meticulous and freed application of paint on canvas. Born with a wandering spirit Dave’s Art is in a constant evolution that engages the mind’s eye and imagination to seek out our own utopias. He has learnt the necessary need to look into what already exists as a way of conserving the future. Often found per ambling the tip shops, thrift stores and refuse-sites his keen eye cradles the neglected and gives it to art.

Close to Dave’s heart is the misguided detriment of ocean life, especially sharks. He is a kindred spirit of the sea; born on North Coast NSW the salt water is Dave’s life force. His deep understanding of the ocean’s importance in the symbiotic relationship to the planet drives his practice and educating of our metropolitan impact.

Dave’s multidisciplinary practice involves, painting, sculpture (casting, papier-mâché, found objects) and film. This boundless perception flows seamlessly through Dave’s mind and the end product is a labour of love. Dave is a true artist with an ability to be a father, adviser, sea urchin, brother and renegade maker.

Words by – Mr Thomas @twillow_tree


1998 Opened Art Gallery Prarahan Melbourne
1998 Archiball Prize (football exhibition) Brunswick st Melbourne
1999 Surf Rider Exhibition. Surfing Museum. Torquay Victoria
1999 Invited by Billabong Australia – design new website homepage.
1999 ‘Big Sunset’ painting selected – Avant Card art card project.
1999 Invited to submit designs – Australian Surf Brands
2000 Invited – Stonnington City Council to contribute ideas – urban art spaces
2000 Designed several commercial logos – Australia
2000 Gone Surfing Exhibition – own gallery Melbourne
2001 Quicksilver Europe purchased artworks for their ‘board rider’ stores across Europe
2001 Ningaloo Reef Campaign – painting donation
2001 Opened Gallery QLD. Painted Mural on Building
2002 Australian Surf Expo, Australian Embassy, Tokyo Japan
2002 Commissioned to design ‘Ride’ drinks – 3 labels. ‘Surf’ ‘Snow’ ‘Skate’
2003 Austrade ‘Australian Beach Culture Show’, Paris, France
2004 Indoor Art Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery
2004 Sunshine Coast Environment Council – painting donation
2004 ‘Expressions of love between Australia and Indonesia’ Group exhibition Byron Bay
2005 Designed artwork – CD covers various bands.
2006 Commission paintings – Internet based virtual life surfing game
2006 Emporium Gallery, group show Brisbane
2006 Infusions Gallery, Group exhibition Los Angeles USA
2007 Solo show Emporium Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Invited to Exhibit – Uluru Gallery N.T.
2007 ‘Framed’ Gallery Darwin, group show
2007 RSPCA Darwin – painting donation fundraiser event
2007 Australian Government Exhibition and Live Painting. Marina Square Singapore
2007 Bloodstone Boots, Singapore Agent- commissioned painted boots.
2007 Singapore government Fairfax school commission Mural
2007 Singapore Government commission Jurong Bird Park tour buses Mural & Design clothing range
2007 RSPCA Brisbane fundraising painting
2007 Invited to Exhibit KL Malaysia Australian Embassy
2008 Queensland Gov. Lifestyle Exhibition, Live Painting. Guangzhou, China
2008 Interviewed by design magazine ‘De-Fun’ Taiwan.
2009 Sea Shepherd exhibition Brisbane Museum – Erwin family purchase and permanent display of ‘Placebo Soup’ sculpture in Australia Zoo Animal hospital
2009 Sea Shepherd fundraiser Brisbane city
2010 Sea Shepherd fundraiser ‘Stone and Wood’ brewery Byron bay.
2011 Opened Art Studio Fremantle WA.
2012 Commissioned works for Environmental consulting offices Perth
2012 Cossack Art Awards Group Exhibition Pibara WA
2012 Sea Shepherd fundraiser Perth, group Exhibition ‘Little Creatures’ Fremantle
2013 Commission paintings, theatre sets Freemantle WA.
2013-15 Designed, developed ‘dave’ ethical ocean conservation T shirt brand.
2014- Sea Shepherd Fundraiser ‘Art for the Sharks’ Blinco st cafe Fremantle WA
2014 Burleigh heads Shark Rally/Fundraiser for #nowasharkcullurliegh Heads Protest –
2015 Wrote/story board Childrens Picture Book on Ocean conservation.
2016 ‘Art for Trash’ recycled art group exhibition Long Gallery Salamanca Hobart.
2016 ‘Tarkine in Motion’ Project. 120 Artists NW Tasmania. Art in response to threatened Wilderness. Bob Brown Foundation
2016 Opened studio Hobart CBD Tasmania
2016 ‘Tarkine in Motion’ Brisbane Exhibition Jugglers Art Space.
2016 ‘Shipsterns’ painting selected – Avant Card art card project.
2016 ‘Wild Winter’ Group exhibition Wild Island Gallery Tasmania
2016 ‘Threatened Species Day’ Exhibition Wild Island Gallery Tasmania
2016 Sea Shepherd Tasmania – Fundraiser Event. Art Donation


2003 Highly Commended Sculptural Award, Outdoor Art Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery
2006 First Prize –‘Forests For Water, Water for Life’ t-shirt competition. The Wilderness Society, Tasmania.
Featured in the Contemporary Australian Art magazine Australian Trade Commission 2005.