DANIEL ROMAINE – Artist
With an art career now spanning 30 years, Daniel Romaine is now recognised as one of Australia’s finest dot artists with major works in private and corporate collections globally
Daniel’s artwork is something that must be seen to be believed. He has taken Australian Aboriginal Art to a new level of precision and quality. Over the last 30 years, Daniel has been able to explore and uncover all the techniques of his Dot Art trade, refining the techniques he was taught as a young man. He has broken new boundaries and changed people’s pre-conceived ideas of what Aboriginal Art is.
Daniel’s attention to detail is second to none. His ability to concentrate for long periods of time on one piece makes him a unique artist. Daniel has never been, nor could we ever expect to see him become, a volume artist. His care and dedication to detail allow him to create only a limited number of pieces annually.
Daniel lives and works in the Noosa hinterland in an artistic house he built using the natural resources found on his bush property. Known as ‘Mr Millimetre’ by family and friends, Daniel Romaine is a true renaissance man. From avionics engineer to native title negotiator, CEO to saw miller, architect to builder, landscaping to furniture making, Daniel is a true testament to what one human being can achieve in one lifetime through periods of extreme adversity.
A near amputation of his right thumb threatened to end his painting career, but recovery saw Daniel to on to produce one of his most outstanding artworks ‘Stradbroke’. In 2018 Daniel was diagnosed with bladder cancer and while he finds it physically difficult at times, he has found great solace through painting and art.
Daniel has always painted with the land, sea and spirit close to his heart. His main influence comes from the shapes, colours and textures of the Australian landscape. The unique contrasting areas he has lived in throughout his working life appear in his paintings –from the stark red deserts of Western Australia to the rich ocean life surrounding Palm Island in Queensland. The flora and fauna and ancient landforms are portrayed through intricate mapping of a myriad of places and events in abstract form.
Daniel has always treated the relationship between his art, himself, gallerists and clients like family.
‘Here at Without Pier, we have gotten to know this man, seen his incredible ability and major achievements through adversity. We have been fortunate to have displayed Daniel’s work for over a decade. We are really excited to bring Daniel Romaine’s exhibition entitled “Endure” into the one space for people to enjoy and appreciate.
This is the largest exhibition of Daniel Romaine’s work ever shown and his first major exhibition in the last 10 years. This could be his last major show of new work. When you see his work in the flesh you understand the technical precision and time invested to produce such incredible works. It has to be seen to believed’.
Terry Earle Director WOPG
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