Dominic Johns was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1966. He started in the tile industry at an early age before going to university and obtaining his Bachelor of Education. More industry experience followed before Dom concentrated on decorative work and then heard the call of Far North Queensland and Cairns in particular, moving to the area in the late 80’s where he continued to work in commercial and domestic tiling.
In 2002 Dom opened ‘Shardworks’; his studio committed to the art of mosaic, and began exhibiting his artworks. Spending considerable time in Cape York and Torres Strait Islander communities, Dom has been working to extend the boundaries of mosaic through Education Projects, writing curriculum for trades based traineeships as well as skills training organizations.
Dom has since completed several public art projects, been nominated several times for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Work in the Community, is a member on the Regional Arts Development Board, co-director of Headsup-Arts which represents other artists and had a number of successful solo exhibitions and many group showings. Dom recently was awarded an International Mosaic Award for his sculpture Telescopus situated on the Northern Esplanade and was the 2008 winner of the Qld Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
He is father to three beautiful daughters, husband to a patient wife, and has helped educate thousands of students in the wonderful art of mosaic.