Dai Wynn







Dai Wynn

Dai Wynn

Eaglemont, Victoria


Some of my friends wonder why I have changed my name from David to Dai. The short answer is that I haven’t. My parents, sisters and immediate family always used Dai (but pronounced “day”) as a short form of David — a nickname if you like. However, it appears that the Welsh adopted the name "Dai” (pronounced “die”) as a short form of Dafydd (pronounced “Dahveth”) the patron saint of Wales and also known as St David just across Offa’s Dyke.

Why Wales? Well the name “Wynn” means fair-skinned or white in the Welsh language and my ancestors were certainly from around those parts (others were from Ireland and Cornwall, but paid full fare to sail to Australia. None was transported in chains I might add). Dafydd, being the Welsh version of David, comes from Hebrew where it means “beloved”.

I thought that it would be cool to distinguish between Dr David C Wynn the electrical and telecommunications engineer, and Dai Wynn the artist. It was originally intended to avoid the perception that an engineer, being left-brained, would not have a creative bone in his body, while the right-brained artist would be barely able to count to three, let alone write a 300-page PhD thesis on advanced applied mathematics. In fact, it’s probably caused a small amount of confusion. Oh well.

I have always drawn and painted, but have never really been able to follow a professional path which combined the two. During my early electrical engineering studies, I did some painstakingly detailed drawings of machinery and my lecture notes were beautifully written in copperplate script. I was also the person to paint the band’s name on the base drum skin, write the invitation to the annual ball, or to inscribe the inventors’ initials on the aluminium housing of the newest solid state car ignition widget. Perhaps I should have been an industrial designer or an architect, but many in those professions are not engineers and are not expected to design something which actually works or stands up or is even able to be built. Quite frustrating.

My paintings in watercolours on fine papers and oils on stretched canvas are realistic pictorial records of my travels around the world. The artworks depict visually attractive locations in England, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, China, New Zealand and Australia. My paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, China, France, England and Australia. I have also been commissioned to paint the portraits of several prominent Australians and have twice entered portraits in the prestigious Archibald Prize.

In early 2014, I moved my studio to Eaglemont, at the foot of Mount Eagle, the birthplace in 1888 of the Heidelberg School of Art. This group, latterly called "Australian Impressionists", comprised such iconic names as Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Walter Withers, Louis Abrahams and Jane Sutherland. These artists chose to paint "en plein air" and many of their famous works were painted in Eaglemont.


Rue Sous Le Fort Aquarelle by Dai Wynn


Rue Sous Le Fort in Quebec by Dai Wynn


Asolo Fountain by Dai Wynn


Annecy Roof Lines Aquarelle by Dai Wynn


Anniversary Rose 2018 by Dai Wynn


Akaroa Sea Mists by Dai Wynn


Akaroa Yacht Club by Dai Wynn


Anemones Birthday Card by Dai Wynn


Chateau de Beynac Sketch by Dai Wynn


Darebin Creek at Alphington by Dai Wynn


Winter Evening in Bruges by Dai Wynn


Hilltop village in Perugia, Italy Assisi Vicolo by Dai Wynn


Echinacea with Butterfly by Dai Wynn


Mossman Gorge Far North Queensland by Dai Wynn


St Francis of Assisi Acquarello by Dai Wynn


St Francis of Assisi, Italy by Dai Wynn


Darebin Creek Morning by Dai Wynn


Paris Couche de Soleil by Dai Wynn


Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Venice by Dai Wynn


Akaroa Aquamarine by Dai Wynn


Darebin Wetlands Afternoon by Dai Wynn


Venice in Black and White by Dai Wynn


Fishing Boats in Lakes Entrance by Dai Wynn


Strasbourg, La Petite France, Sketch by Dai Wynn


Limeuil Wheelbarrow France by Dai Wynn


Clouds over Akaroa Harbour and Village by Dai Wynn


Sunrise over French Bay in Akaroa New Zealand by Dai Wynn


Giverny Wisteria Bridge of Impressionist Claude Monet by Dai Wynn


Apple Blossoms Fleurs De Pommier by Dai Wynn


Annecy Forest Afternoon by Dai Wynn


Rocamadour Aquarelle France by Dai Wynn


Hautefort Wall Freehand Ink Sketch by Dai Wynn


Rocamadour South Central France by Dai Wynn


Otago Autumn Evening by Dai Wynn


Verona Caffe Tubino by Dai Wynn


Le Lac Annecy France by Dai Wynn


Wainui Islets Akaroa Harbour New Zealand by Dai Wynn


Lighthouse Road Akaroa New Zealand by Dai Wynn


Akaroa Harbour Entrance by Dai Wynn


Verona Italy by Dai Wynn


Montserrat Spanish Sunrise by Dai Wynn


Chateau d Ecouen France by Dai Wynn


Long White Cloud by Dai Wynn


Porte Rouge Sarlat France by Dai Wynn


Hautefort chateau and village well by Dai Wynn


Bellagio On Lake Como Lombardy Italy by Dai Wynn


Moonrise over the Grand Canal in Venice by Dai Wynn


Calle larga de la Donzela Venezia Italia by Dai Wynn