Some of my friends wonder why I have changed my name from David to Dai. The short answer is that I haven’t. My parents, sisters and immediate family always used Dai (but pronounced “day”) as a short form of David — a nickname if you like. However, it appears that the Welsh adopted the name Dai” (pronounced “die”) as a short form of Dafydd (pronounced “Dahveth”) the patron saint of Wales and also known as St David in the other side of Offa’s Ditch.
Why Wales? Well the name “Wynn” means fair-skinned or white in the Welsh language and my ancestors were certainly from around those parts (others were from Ireland and Cornwall, but paid full fare to sail to Australia. None was transported in chains I might add). Dafydd, being the Welsh version of David, comes from Hebrew where it means “beloved”.
I thought that it would be cool to distinguish between Dr David C Wynn the electrical and telecommunications engineer, and Dai Wynn the artist. It was originally intended to avoid the perception that an engineer, being left-brained, would not have a creative bone in his body, while the right-brained artist would be barely able to count to three, let alone write a 300-page PhD thesis on advanced applied mathematics. In fact, it’s probably caused a small amount of confusion. Oh well.
I have always drawn and painted, but have never really been able to follow a professional path which combined drawing and technology. During my early electrical engineering studies, I did some painstakingly detailed drawings of machinery and my lecture notes were beautifully written in copperplate script. I was also the person to paint the band’s name on the base drum skin, write the invitation to the annual ball, or to inscribe the inventors’ initials on the aluminium housing of the newest solid state car ignition widget. Perhaps I should have been an industrial designer or an architect, but many in those professions are not engineers and are not expected to design something which actually works or stands up or is even able to be built. Quite frustrating.
In my new life as an artist, I paint images of places I have visited around the world in Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and of course, Australia. I paint in watercolours on 300 gsm Arches paper, oils on canvas panels and oils on stretched canvas. Works can be small A5 sizes up to larger canvases of 1.2m X 1.2m or more. I am a realist painter, but hopefully not to the extremes of photo-realism. My ideal painting is one which is rich in texture up close -- almost "edible", a complete composition at mid distance, and recognisably a "Dai Wynn" on entering the gallery door.
The Hobsons bay Art Show, Williamstown Town Hall, 18, 19 August 2012
The Bayside Art Show, Brighton Town Hall, 3-5 August 2012
South Eastern Arts Festival, St Margaret's School, Berwick, VIC 13-15 April 2012
ArtIS, Geelong. 16-29 March 2012.
Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Hawthorn Town Hall, Hawthorn. 24 March to 1 April 2012.
2012 - Invited to exhibit at the Edrington Grand Art Exhibition, Berwick, Victoria 17-19 February 2012
2011 October. Exhibited at Kew Courthouse as part of the six venue BATS (Boroondara Artists Travelling Show) Open Day.
2011 July. Exhibited at the Kew Court House, Kew, Victoria, Australia
2011 May. Exhibited at the Collingwood Gallery, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
2011 February. Exhibited at the Collingwood Gallery, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
2010 Exhibited at the Camberwell Herald-Sun Rotary Art Show, Victoria, Australia
2010 Entered the Archibald Prize for portraiture, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
2009 Exhibited at the Camberwell Herald-Sun Rotary Art Show, Victoria, Australia
2008 Entered the Archibald Prize for portraiture, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
2008 Exhibited at the Shanghai International Creative Industries Week, The Metal Plant, Shanghai, China
2008 Exhibited at the Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China
2007 Exhibited at the Camberwell Herald-Sun Rotary Art Show, Victoria, Australia
2007 Exhibited at the Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China
2006-2007 Invited by Austrade (The Australian Trade Commission) to exhibit in Toronto, Canada
2006 Invited by Austrade to exhibit in the Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai China
2011 Commissioned to paint a double portrait of a married couple in Melbourne, Australia
2010 Commissioned to paint the panoramic view of a property in New Zealand
2009 Two portrait commissions to mark the graduation of an international academic as Doctor of Philosophy
2008 Three portrait commissions to mark the retirement of a leading Australian insurance industry executive
2006 Commissioned to produce a portrait of a judge of a major Australian law court