Wake, 2014, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 1830mm x 1215mm, (Private collection). Photographer Grant Hancock.

Dan Withey

Drawing, Illustration, Painting

Dan Withey's vibrant and colourful paintings depict comic moments, yet beneath the light-heartedness there is an investigation of modern day society such as consumerism, the environment and freedom. He is inspired by every day life and aims to 'squash' all of this experience into his paintings, continually jotting ideas and sketches in a journal that is always with him. Currently working with acrylics, Withey aims to extend into oils, but this is still a long way off as he focuses on a demanding schedule of solo and group exhibitions.

Withey was born in Birmingham England. In 2004 he immigrated to Australia and studied a Bachelor of Visual Communication (specialising in Illustration) at the University of South Australia. Upon graduating in 2007 with the Design Institute of Australia’s student of the year award, Withey decided to transition into a career in Visual Arts. Since this time he has had over 20 successful solo shows.



Dan Withey Studio | Central Studios

Dan Withey Studio | Central Studios

78 King William Street
Kent Town 5067
South Australia Australia
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Opening hours
Open by appointment


Solo Exhibitions

2017, External Drivers, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2016, Stranger than usual, Penny Contemporary, Hobart
2016, Back to Abnormal, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2016, An Encounter With Dan Withey, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2015, Strange realities, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2014, Influx, 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast
2014, Humans, Penny Contemporary, Hobart
2014, Three’s Company, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2013, Happiness INC, 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast
2012, Withey or Withoutey, Magazine Gallery, Adelaide
2012, Dan Withey Solo Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne
2012, Melbourne Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne
2011, The House of Dan, A P Bond Gallery, Adelaide
2011, Dan Withey Solo Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne
2011, Milk and Honey, 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast
2011, Quantum, Magazine Gallery, Adelaide
2010, Dan Withey Solo Exhibition, Fad Gallery, Melbourne
2010, Strings, No-Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

2015, PAIN/TING, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin
2013, Starting Small, Porter Contemporary, New York
2012, Artists & Fleas, Chelsea Market Art fair, New York
2012, SA Illustrated, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2010, SALA Group Exhibition, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide


2009, Certificate IV in Business (Small Business Management), Mission Australia
2007, Bachelor of Visual Communication (Illustration Design), University of South Australia
2004, Diploma in Graphic Design, BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council), England


Art Bank
Saint Peter’s College


2016, Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize, Finalist – Highly Commended
2007, Student of the Year Award (Graphic Design Category), Design Institute of Australia


2015, The Collections Project Guildhouse, Adelaide City Council, South Australia
2014, The Collections Project Guildhouse, Art Gallery of South Australia
2013, The Artist in Residency Program, St Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia


Dan Withey, 'The Three Rivers', 182cm x 122cm, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy the artist.

Dan Withey | Finalist Whyalla Art Prize

13 Sep 2017

Congratulations to Dan Withey, whose painting 'The Three Rivers' is shortlised for the 2017 Whyalla Art Prize. Thje exhibition will open at the Middleback Arts Centre Saturday, September 30 and will run until December 2nd. The winner of the 2017 Whyalla Art Prize will be announced on Monday, October 9

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Dan Withey | Dulwich Bakery SALA Cup

07 Jul 2017

Dan Withey's colouful artwork features on a coffee cup commissioned by Dulwich Bakery. The special SALA edition or 250,000 takeaway coffee cups includes works by SA artists Chelle Destefano, Sarina Diakos, Daniel Withey, Kaaren Taemme and Marie Jonsson-Harrison.

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The Adelaide Review | Artist Focus

01 Jan 2017

Featured in the January 2017 edition of The Adelaide Review. Read the full article on the link below.

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