Johnnie Dady is a male artist born in United Kingdom, currently working in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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Born in England in 1961, arrived in Australia in 1987. He lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

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 an ‘object’ in space. The past five 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.

“I am fascinated by the actuality of a drawing in space, and by extension, the dialogue it can have with that space”.

He lectures on a part time basis in Sculpture and Drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art in South Australia and has completed past projects in both visual art and design at Adelaide University, The University of SA, Flinders University and Monash University.

Since 1983 he has had three solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibitions as well as developing performance, site specific projects and collaborative works.

He has worked periodically in set design, production design and art direction for film, he has worked extensively in 3D design and fabrication, exhibits in both commercial and experimental arenas as well as commissioned public works.

In 2001 he was granted the London Studio residency by The Australia Council and awarded a Mid Career Fellowship by Arts SA.

In 2003 Dady developed large site-specific work for the Art Gallery of South Australia. Over two decades Johnnie Dady has developed a practice that is specifically about the poetry of making things. The work draws upon, and is expressed in, a broad 3-Dimensional arena.

Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne, Australia