Born and raised in Cairns, Daniel (Wally Wallwork is a multi-faceted contemprorary art practitioner.
A professional aerosol artist, automotive spray-painter, sculptor, event producer, curator, arts worker, small business owner, father and Chair of KickArts, Board of Directors are among the many guises of this dynamic local artist.
Established nationally as a gallery artist, Wallwork is one of Cairns most progressive visual artists whose practise often extends on his trade skills as an automotive spray-painter. Wallwork’s arts practice is recognisable through the use of high quality automotive paints and materials creating slick, finished works that utilise light and shadow to create tactile forms. His works often playfully explore and celebrate Australia’s iconic automotive culture, its suburban roots and various sub-cultures. And more recently natural forms found in his tropical suburban environment, including the dynamic insects and birds of FNQ.
Often merging these concepts as ‘auto-organica’, his works tap into the visual language of the suburban ‘rev-head’, Daniel creates a signature sexy, minimal and vibrant auto- aesthetic.
Wally has also become widely known throughout regional Queensland and particularly many remote Cape York Peninsula aboriginal communities, as a Socio-Cultural Aerosol Artist (legal graffiti) and Educator.
This opportunity has allowed Wally to collaborate with many young and older indigenous artists and as a result have been able to blaze a unique trail of colourful, strong, community and culturally developed aerosol murals as far up as Thursday Island.
He is one of the founders of The Next Page, TNP(Cairns) aerosol collective, which has been dedicated breaking down many of the stereotypes associated with aerosol art, by supporting, growing and evolving the dynamic legal and commercial graffiti opportunities, in North Queensland.
Wally has also played a significant role in the arts in Far North Queensland in the last 12 years through being involved in various organisations and galleries, and several ARI (Artist Run Initiatives), including being one of the founders and director of the dynamic, Cairns-based collective, The Upholstery Contemporary Arts.
He has exhibited extensively in recent years, with several works being featured in a major national, touring group show; Supercharged (curated by Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane), and Temperature 2 – New Qld Art, at the Museum of Brisbane.