ABOUT - 2022
Born 1972, Sydney, Australia. Lives and works Sydney, Australia.
Daniel Shipp is a contemporary Australian artist whose photographic works focus on and celebrate the overlooked, the forgotten and the discarded. Wild plants discovered in unremarkable public spaces; basketballs salvaged from the gutter; bikes abandoned in the street; in most people’s eyes, these are forgettable objects undeserving of attention. For Shipp however, each item is a treasure that carries stories from its past, speaks to its present and sings to an imagined future. With a touch of reverence, Shipp asks his viewer to consider afresh what we value, where we focus our attention - and what we care about.
Formally trained as a photographer, Shipp’s images are highly constructed compositions that harness light and colour as narrative devices to elicit an emotional response. He is influenced by pop culture and the sheen prevalent in media images of the 1980s and 1990s. From early childhood, Shipp studied the illusory practices of pre-digital cinema and animation, admiring the feats of visual trickery accomplished by the cinematographers of the age. Inspired by the analogue techniques he studied, Shipp developed a bespoke method of image-making that is both familiar and surreal.
"Shipp’s practice is a dance between control and disorder. The artistry resides in the pocket where the mathematical precision of photography ends, and chaos reigns.” - Danielle Robson, Curator, Soda Arts
Shipp holds a Fine Arts degree from Sydney College of the Arts. He has won several prestigious awards including the Magnum and Lensculture Photography Award (2017); Bowness Photography Prize, (2015, Highly commended); an International Photography Award (2015) and Phototechnica New Australian Photo Artist of the Year (2001). He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is held in private collections in Australia and around the world.