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de Nys


Artwork Title:

Tank Level



Galvanised steel/copper wire/Oregon timber/water

Artist Statement:

The galvanised finials are the surviving parts of two water tanks, the timber is beach found, the work speaks of the colonists need to lock up water, to dam, to alter watercourses, to drain pristine wetlands.



Mark de Nys is a Beachport based artist specialising in quirky, sometimes humorous, sometimes challenging sculptural work, from handheld to large scale public artwork.

Informed by the natural world and the human condition, his work traverses the universe.


Shadow, light and reflection all play a role in the work which de Nys terms, “Additive Sculpture” as different components are ‘smashed’ together to create a new unique form.

De Nys worked with Adelaide based Design and Construction Company “SPUD” – Specialised Projects Under Development from 2002- 2008 exposing him to major sculptural commissions for a wide range of Australian and International artists.  In 2006 he was invited to exhibit in “Beyond 2D” at the Central School of Art, Adelaide, celebrating 40 years of South Australian Sculpture.  In 2013, de Nys’s sculpture Groundswell won the Coonawarra Vignerons Acquisitive Sculpture Prize.


Examples of his work can be seen locally including at the Riddoch Arts Centre: the internal staircase located in the foyer and the exterior interpretative balustrade, which was a collaboration with Robert Miles.


De Nys is an Honoured Associate of the Institute of Back Yard Studies, our motto being, “I tinker therefore I am.”

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