Having grown up on the plains of the Darling Downs, amidst the expanse of grain-growing and all of its infrastructure, Dan wants to bring this aspect of the Australian landscape to the world of art. Blessed with albums of farm photos from the past 60 years, and now living right back in the middle of it, he is doing what he can to re-present those old, sometimes historical images to the canvas with oil paint.
Dan is a native of St Ruth, half way between Dalby and Cecil Plains. He grew up on “Jareel”, a broadacre dryland grain farm. From an early age he was sketching farm landscapes and doing the occasional painting, but music was the main art form in the Cosgrove household, and while Dan displayed some artistic talent, music was the trump card. He always knew though, that one day he would paint.
Missing out on the farming gig, as two of his brothers earned that coveted role, Dan headed afield and became an agricultural engineer. He eventually settled in Brisbane in 1991. The long-ago-planted call to paint eventually arose and he did his first acrylic painting course in 2008. Then in 2019 he enrolled in oil painting classes at Bienarte in Albion and has continued with oils since then. Dan returned to live at Jareel in September 2022. He held his debut solo exhibition (“Farmer”) at Gallery 107 Dalby in May-June this year.
Vincent Van Gogh, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Elioth Gruner, Daniel Gerhartz.
Solo exhibition at Gallery 107, Dalby 2023 - "Farmer"
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