Datsun Tran is a first generation Australian from a refugee family who, as a child, had predetermined career choices that were medicine, law, accounting or engineering. Pivotal in Tran’s decision to become an artist was an animated feature of George Orwell’s Animal Farm that he viewed at the age of nine.
Tran says, “I was transfixed. It was the first time I had watched something entertaining that felt weighty; there was something behind all those talking animals. Something that reminded me of us.”
Tran has since used animal imagery in his art extensively. Tran uses animal imagery as an exploration of human nature through symbolism and metaphor, and the search for the sublime. He explores these themes through animals for their lack of sex, race and status, and believes they are a mirror for ourselves.