Daniel O'Shane - Resume



 - Old Stories and New Narratives: Recent Indigenous Prints, for the 2nd Australian Print Triennial, Mildura, VIC 

 - Printing as Process, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Vic.2018-20 

 - As Far as the Eye Can See, touring to Regional Galleries in Australia (curated by Blue Mountains Cult. Cntr.) 


 - Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane: A celebration of the work of two artists from the Torres Strait Islands,Art Gallery of NSW (exhibition runs 28 October 2017 – sometime in 2018) 

 - ARTNOW FNQ, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Qld 

 - Mabo 25th Anniversary, Gallery Gilimbaa, Brisbane 

 - Partners in Print (with Sydney Printmakers), KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns 

 - Partners in Print (with Sydney Printmakers), SPOT81 at Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney, NSW 


 - As Far as The Eye Can See, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW- National Works on Paper Award (Winner), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic. 

 - Inkmasters Cairns 3rd Print Exhibition, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns 

 - Spirit: Celebrating the Culture, Vision and Skills of Canopy Artists, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

 - Gondwana’s Garden, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns 


 - Silk Cut Print Award (Grand Prize Winner), Glen Eira Council Gallery, Vic. 

 - 33rd Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin (Finalist) 

 - Canopy Art Centre, Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns- Mapping Memories–Tracking Visions-Reclaiming Culture, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, Bungendore, NSW

- Encounter/Northern Encounter, Impress Gallery, Brisbane and Canopy Art Centre, Cairns 

 - Mapping Memories, Reclaiming Culture: Stories from Far North Qld, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns (Indigenous Art Fair) 


 - 32nd Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin (Finalist - Highly Commended) 

- Fremantle Print Award, Perth WA (Finalist - Special Commendation) 

 - Rear Visions: Stories from Home, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns (Cairns Indigenous Art Fair) 

 - Inkfest: A Festival of Printmaking, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns 


 - For Love of Country – Torres Strait Island Vinylcuts, Tali Gallery, Sydney- Torres Strait Islander Prints, Surry Hills Library, Sydney 

 - Inside/Out: Mapping Spiritual Journeys, Circa 1907 Contemporary Artspace, Cairns 


 - Inkfest: A Festival of Printmaking, Tanks Arts Centre


2018 Robert Clark Builders Prize for Indigenous Excellence in Printmaking, Inkfest Exhibition, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns 

2017 People’s Choice Award, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair for print “ii ra mer ene Gawei” (the sound of tears and Gawei) 

 2016 Winner, National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic. 

 2015 Grand Prize Winner, Silk Cut Award, Vic. 

 2015 Finalist (Works on Paper Section), 32nd Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, MAGNT 

 2014 Finalist (Youth Award Section) - Highly Commended, 31st Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, MAGNT 

2014 Special Commendation, Fremantle Print Award, Perth WA Publications 


2018 ABC series Everyone’s a Critic (Episode 6), filmed at Art Gallery of NSW – screened 2 August 2018 

2016 The Australian, 20 July 2016 (Arts) 

2016 The AU Review (online), 20 July 2016 

2016 The Cairns Post, p. 4, 18 July 2016 

2015 Indigenous Law Bulletin, Sept/Oct 2015, Vol. 8, No. 20, magazine cover, artist profile and images 

2015 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award, Louise Morrison, IMPRINT Magazine, Autumn2015, Vol. 50, No. 1, p.10 

2014 The Conversation, Making an impression: 39 years of the Fremantle Print Award (online)Collections 

 ArtbankArt Gallery of NSWAustralian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies, CanberraBaillieu Library, The University of Melbourne, Vic.Cairns Regional GalleryCentral Queensland UniversityNational Gallery of AustraliaMornington Peninsula Regional GalleryMuseum & Art Gallery of the NTRedland Art Gallery (Brisbane)University of Queensland Art Museum+ many private collections    

Daniel O’Shane

Torres Strait artist

Language groups:

Miriam Mer / Kuku Yalanji

Tribe: Meuram

Totem: Beugerr (Booby Bird)


Through the combination of his heritage and the art form of vinyl printing, Daniel has been rewarded with knowledge and stories of his ancestors. This has given him the opportunity to gain an insight into the rich history of his culture and to discover himself in the making. Daniel describes his style as naturally intricate with an intuitive flow, and he thinks what makes it unique are the free-moving lines and patterns that are consistent in all his prints. These patterns are a fusion of his Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal heritage.

The narratives he depicts generally retell anecdotes from his childhood or ancient stories of his ancestors. Daniel draws inspiration from elements within the stories themselves: the land and sea, song and dance, ornaments and utensils, and traditions. The tangible connection he feels to these stories motivates him when beginning a new piece and he feels the same amount of reverence when explaining and re-telling the stories and his culture as he does when printing them.


Daniel has teamed up with Life Apparel Co through Canopy Art to create a product specific, editioned artwork.

He is currently represented with one design in our retail collection.

Reflection (Mar-asmer)

Hand-drawn on paper


The way Daniel expresses, conducts, approaches and executes his art is in fact his voice, treaty and truth. Reflection (Mar-asmer) reflects the notion that Daniel is heard through his art, and the artwork reflects how creating work is the truest form of his identity. Daniel sees this as his own contract between himself and his culture. Not a single specific or literal image can represent these themes to Daniel. Reflection (Mar-asmer) embodies a map of Daniel's culture, his people and himself; which is a reflection of his voice, treaty and truth."


Reflection polo
Reflection leggings
Reflection cotton polo
Reflection scarf
Reflection kids' leggings

Life Apparel Co is a proud advocate and member of the Indigenous Art Code. We closely collaborate with and commission Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. All Indigenous artworks that feature on the products are 100% authentic