Recycled and Environmental Art of John Dahlsen 3

Blue Rope by John Dahlsen

John Dahlsen is an Australian environmental artist who started as a painter and stumbled into creating recycled art by accident. Here’s a brief description from his artist’s statement:

My creative medium shifted from abstract painting to working as an environmental artist, as a result of an artistic accident during the mid 1990’s. I was collecting driftwood, on a remote Victorian Coastline, with the intention of making furniture and stumbled upon vast amounts of plastic ocean debris…Since then – for approximately 10 years, I scoured Australian beaches for found objects, much of which I found as washed up ‘ocean litter’…making this art is a way of sharing my message for the need to care for our environment with a broad audience.

John leverages the subtle colors found in nature and in man-made debris to create sublime abstract works of art.

Blue Rope by John Dahlsen

Blue Rope by John Dahlsen

ABC by John Dahlsen

ABC by John Dahlsen

Yellow Plastic Panel by John Dahlsen

Yellow Plastic Panel by John Dahlsen

World Time by John Dahlsen

World Time by John Dahlsen

Glowfields by John Dahlsen

Glowfields by John Dahlsen

Blue River, recycled plastic bag art by John Dahlsen

Blue River, recycled plastic bag art by John Dahlsen

Plastic Bag Diptych by John Dahlsen

Plastic Bag Diptych by John Dahlsen

Gabo 2, driftwood by John Dahlsen

Gabo 2, driftwood by John Dahlsen

Driftwood Relief by John Dahlsen

Driftwood Relief by John Dahlsen

Shipwreck, driftwood by John Dahlsen

Shipwreck, driftwood by John Dahlsen

Driftwood Assemblage #1 by John Dahlsen

Driftwood Assemblage #1 by John Dahlsen


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