Jack Wilson, Dalby Water Colourist

September 1, 2016


In the early days of Dalby’s art scene there were two schools of thought. The traditionalists, painting  gum trees in oils and water colours. And those who as Mervyn Moriarty put it, learned to look around corners. One such artist who flourished under this school of thought was Jack Wilson. It is uncertain if Jack defined himself as an artist or a grazier. Yet it is certain that his artistic skills evolved under the tutelage of Mr Moriarty. At the time the Dalby art group was an elder, greyer group lending itself to floral dresses and stockings. This didn’t deter Jack who was usually the only male in Moriarty’s art classes in Dalby.



A New School of Thought

Moriarty opened the Dalby art groups eyes to contemporary art. Jack said "He freed us from the narrowness of traditional painting as we knew it and allowed us to use our imaginations. Melvyn came as a breath of fresh air and dragged was into the twentieth century.”


Before the arrival of the flying arts school, art classes were held in a shed at the high school. With the Flying Arts becoming popular amongst the group they moved to Marble Street. Taking up residence in the old Bore Bath House in 1971. The town council had given  the building for use as a cultural centre, with the Dalby Art Group as tenants in chief.


Art Awards

Jack Wilson was prominent on Dalby’s art scene, joining the Dalby art group in 1968. He served as vice president of the art group in the 1971. Not to mention is active involvement as an entrant in Dalby’s Art Prize. His watercolour "Elements" received a high recommendation from judge Roy Churcher in 1973. In 1979 Ron Radford selected  his work "Jungle" for purchase.


Today Wilson’s works form part of Dalby's art Collection. Others  are in the Ipswich Regional Gallery’s collection. 

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Current Exhibition


Our Living Heritage was launched by the Regional Arts Council of Dalby Inc in September 2000.  In April 1999, Mr Richard Hooke was given the task of Photographing selected Seniors from across the Dalby and Wambo Shire Area.  

The personal stories and photography of some of the Senior Citizens of our area are quite remarkable.  What is seen in this exhibition is a selection of thirty people who start to form a visual kaleidoscope of the diversity of personal character, history, tenacity, humour and substance, which has formed spontaneously over time into the nature and personality of the district.


in the Painting

GUESS WHO?  Locals are being invited to guess who the three well-know Australians are in this painting. 

If there’s such a thing as comfort food in the visual arts world, Martin Shaw’s painting may well be it.  Created in 1982, Three Well-Known Australians is striking in its simplicity: three abstract figures – a headless blue figure, a crouching red figure and a green figure holding an umbrella – sit on a bright yellow background.

But the artwork isn’t just about acrylics on canvas. Shaw, 62, has been touring his painting around Australia since 1983, collecting the names of the people who have visited the work, and cataloging in yearbooks whom they think the figures might represent.

Shaw sees his project as something that ought to stand the test of time. “These yearbooks form a portrait of Australia – what people in 1983 thought is going to be different to what people think in a 100 years’ time,” he says.


This photographic exhibition depicting the active side of Dalby Seniors.  The Dalby Seniors' Week Committee commissioned the exhibition to coincide with Seniors' Week celebrations in 2006.

The exhibition featured the work of talented and then youthful photographer, Nick Shipway.

At the time she said the exhibition showcased the active and interesting side of people over the age of 60.

"We want to show just how active and interesting life can be in the later years and to debunk any misconceptions generally attributed to older people," Mrs Smith said.

Nick Shipway gathered evidence to show how men and women not only in their 60s, but also in their 70s and 80s, are thoroughly enjoying an active, stimulating life.

"I want people to get an appreciation for the seniors and know how much they do," said Nick.

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