Tran is a first generation Australian from a refugee family who, as a child, had predetermined career choices that were medicine, law, accounting or engineering.
Pivotal in Datsun Tran’s decision to become an artist, was an animated feature of George Orwell’s Animal Farm that he viewed at the age of 9. Datsun Tran says “I was transfixed. It was the first time I had watched something entertaining that felt weighty; there was something behind all those talking animals. Something that reminded me of us”. Tran has since used animal imagery in his art, extensively.
Tran uses animal imagery an exploration of human nature through symbolism and metaphor, and the search for the sublime. He explores these themes through animals for their lack of sex, race and status. He believes they are a mirror for ourselves.
2016 Anima, Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney
2015 Beautiful Fierce, Bromley & Co, Melbourne
2013 My Life in a Glass Case, Platform Art Space, Melbourne
2012 Echoes from a Future Dream, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra,
2011 Before The Scream, Magazine Gallery, Adelaide
Menagerie, Gomersal Wines SALA, Barossa Valley
2006 Recent Works, Grace Emily Gallery, Adelaide
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Australian Landscape, Alex McCulloch Art, Mount Macedon
2014 Grand Opening, Bromley & Co, Melbourne
Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
The Storytellers, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide
Enigma 23, Arts SA, Adelaide
Small Wonders, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012 Londinium, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2011 Winged Things, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York
Small Wonder 2011, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
Birds and Trees, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
Red Dot Group Show, 19 Karen, Gold Coast
Another Time Another Place, Bromley Arcade, Sydney
2010 Small Wonder, Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra
2009 Painting 09B, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Curated by David Bromley, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Sequentialism, Mansour + Hill Galleries, Melbourne
PRIZES & AWARDS
2015 Whyalla Art Prize (finalist)
Emma Hack Art Prize (finalist)
2014 Hornsby Art Prize (Finalist)
Linden Contemporary Postcard Show (finalist)
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (finalist)
Percival Portrait Painting Prize (finalist)
Emma Hack Art Prize (finalist)
Adelaide Parklands Art Prize (finalist)
Rick Amor Frawing Prize (finalist)
2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (semi-finalist)
TedXBrisbane (artist in residence)
Fleurieu Art Prize (water and environment finalist)
RSASA Portrait Prize (semi finalist)
Lethbridge 10000 (finalist)
2012 61st Blake Prize (Director’s cut exhibition)
2011 Waterhouse Art Prize (finalist & highly commended)
2010 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (finalist)
2008 Victorian Salon de Refuses – Hidden faces of the Archibald
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Bernard Ollis "The Artists Garden Part 2" @ HARVEY GALLERIES MOSMAN, 20 March - 6 April 2021
“Over many years I have visited numerous artist’s gardens and studios throughout the world including Australia. I was particularly keen to look at artists that had been inspired by nature in their own work, which therefore made their garden so relevant for them. This formed the catalyst for many art works over many years. As an artist and teacher, I have acted as a tour guide to students with visits to the following studios and gardens. I have also spent days sitting and drawing in those locations alone, taking inspiration from the varied views that the artist themselves often encountered, both past and present.
I not only trod the same path as the artist did in the past, but also became influenced by how they may have reacted to it. This was particularly true of the French masters. These works are a celebration of those important visual artists and how they have celebrated nature through their own work.”
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