Ian Daniell

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Life-Size Ocean Art, a celebration of marine life and an ode to encounters in the wild. Iconic ocean species presented in emblematic form and sumptuous colours, at 1:1 scale. Please note: Studio will be open 10-6 on special event days.

Studio Details

15 Friesian Street

Opening Hours

  • Sat 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 11 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 12 SeptBy appointment
  • Wed 13 SeptClosed
  • Thu 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 15 Sept12pm - 6pm
  • Sat 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 18 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 19 SeptBy appointment
  • Wed 20 SeptClosed
  • Thu 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 22 Sept12pm - 6pm
  • Sat 23 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 24 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Universal access
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)

My work is a celebration of marine life and an ode to encounters in the wild.
I paint using bright block colours and take great care in distilling both the forms and markings of each species I represent. All of my paintings are created at 1:1 scale in order to retain a tangible sense of size. This is my departure from our now ubiquitous viewing of small images on screens and a reminder of real world wonder, beauty and awe.
The work presents the vast scale of some creatures and the intricate small-scale wonder of others. The emblematic mode harnesses the language of warning signs and speaks to the threatened status of each species: precious rarities to treasure and protect.
My artworks are also available in the form of limited edition fine art prints. Each one is signed and annotated with a percentage, which notes the print size in relation to the life-size original. I continue to donate 1% of every sale toward a global effort to protect 30% of world oceans by 2030.
Visit me in my Cowaramup studio for the first time this year after I was out on location last year painting a humpback whale at Shelter Brewing, Busselton.
During this year's open studios I'll be working towards my upcoming solo exhibition SWIM at Kamilė Gallery, Perth, set to open 27 October - 17 November 2023. Take a behind the scenes look at how I make the work and look out for special events. Collaborating with marine scientists and hosting educational workshops has become an important part of my practice and something I will continue to develop at this year’s event.



Art, food, drinks and music... Join me at the studio for a fun sundowner celebrating the closing day of open studios 2023! Food trucks on site from mid afternoon, tasty wines by LS Merchants and delicious beers by Boranup Brew Co. Family friendly event, everyone welcome. 15 Friesian St, Cowaramup, 6284

24 September 2023

02:00 pm - 08:00 pm

The Fat Whales Project

Join me in the studio for a conversation with local marine scientist Grace Russell and find out about the Fat Whales Project . Grace measures whales with drones in order to find out if they are fat enough to breed... 15 Friesian St, Cowaramup, 6284

10 September 2023

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

SWIM solo exhibition opening, KAMILĖ GALLERY, Perth CBD.

Come and see the exhibition that I will be working towards during this year's open studios. The theme 'SWIM' celebrates the magical world of ocean creatures that we can access in WA simply by going for a swim, a snorkel or a dive. This is a free event and if you live in the city you should come! Kamilė Gallery is in a beautiful spot, located within the State Buildings on Cathedral Square in Perth CBD. There are several bars and restaurants located within the building, which all make for a great night out. On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th I will be hosting a free tour for kids. This is in conjunction with Scribblers Festival, which is taking place in Cathedral Square and several other locations throughout the school holidays. Kamilė Gallery, The State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Ave, Perth WA 6000

27 October 2023

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm