John Dowie OAM


2005 SA Senior Australian of the Year

John Dowie is a painter, sculptor and writer. He has significantly contributed to visual arts in South Australia and Australia for the past eight decades. In 1925, aged 10, John began his lifelong affiliation with art. He commenced modelling classes at the South Australian School of Art in Adelaide. His artistic career to date includes over 50 public sculpture commissions including the Three Rivers fountain in Victoria Square, Alice in Rymill Park, the Victor Richardson gates at Adelaide Oval and the Sir Ross Smith Memorial at Adelaide Airport. John's successful career can be attributed to his remarkable talent, coupled with a great sense of humour and a charming manner. His longstanding contribution to the Australian visual arts has been truly outstanding.