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Dirk Van der Sman

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Dirk is an outsider land artist. He was born on 7 August 1972 in Tshwane, South Africa. His artwork is done under the cover of darkness and is viewed at sunrise. He has no formal training in art, he creates large- scale artwork up to and often exceeding 200m in length. The art captures his subjective personal experiences and philosophy interpreted in visual form. He has been active as an artist since 2017. He has been awarded in several competitions and exhibited in several galleries. He was a finalist in the Brisbane 2017 Artprize and has received national recognition for artwork in support of various war on waste campaigns. In 2018 his artwork appeared in a calendar competition for the second largest city in Victoria, Australia. He has several other awards for his photography, ephemeral art and land art exhibited in on-line galleries internationally. Dirk has produced artwork for local festivals in 2018 such Winter Wild Apollo Bay and The 4th Night. The Last Straw Great Barrier Reef campaign lead to his artwork being published in several local newspapers as activist art for protection and sustainability of the oceans. He uses a small rake, no other tools or guide ropes, assistants, instrumentations are used to complete the artwork.

Dirk's ArtPrize Entries

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Dirk's Past Work

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