Dougal Binns


acrylic on canvas

from "Decadence"

- A celebration of 10 Years of Art and Community - November/December 2016

From the 14th to the 28th of October 2016,

the Serpentine Community Gallery is the venue for

solo shows by two local artists.

Graphic designer and illustrator Dougal Binns' exhibtion

"Take Shape"

showcases his recent works.

While sculptor Franco Girardi's

"From Farm Punk to Plinth"

introduces a selection of costumes, 'weapons' and

installations featuring his "trademark" sheep shears.

The combined opening night celebration is on Friday

14th October 2016, from 6pm. All welcome.


acrylic on canvas

60 x 60cm

My artworks start on the computer. I draw

shapes in my illustration software, and move

them around, change the colours

until I land on something that pleases me.

Then I reproduce them on canvas or board.

I try to match the colours from the computer

generated art with real paint.

I mask the positive and negative shapes to keep

the paintings flat. What happens in between

the masked boundaries can be interesting

and that’s what I like. To see how accurately

I can recreate them but also to see how the

inherent imperfection of attempting to do that

manifests into a unique result.

- Dougal Binns, September 2016


acrylic on canvas

120 x 90cm

A little about Dougal Binns circa September 2016

Dougal Binns grew up in Lismore and spent his youth dreaming of becoming

a famous artist, musician AND professional basketball player.

Upon completing High School he thought he’d better put at least one of the dreams to action,

and after weighing up studying art and graphic design decided on the latter,

and got accepted to study a Bachelor of Arts Degree for Graphic Design in Melbourne.

After graduating, his first job was working at the Herald Sun newspaper as a designer and illustrator.

The call to travel eventually pulled him to Europe,

where he spent a year and a half working at The Independent newspaper in London.

After travelling he returned to his home town and began working with GD Studio,

met his future wife and decided to make a family.

Twelve years later he is still enjoying living and working here.

...and he’s still living the dreams of playing music and basketball, albeit without the ‘fame’!