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Gallery 1608 County Antrim

Dawson, Joseph


BIO: Joseph Dawson


Joseph Dawson was born in 1976 and has yet to be seen without a paint brush in his hand.


Having studied life drawing at Florence’s prestigious Angel Academy, Dawson went on to study the materials and techniques of the masters at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto Canada under Fernando Friatas.


Joseph Dawson’s work has been exhibited in New York, Montreal, Sydney, Beijing and Dublin. He was also accorded the privilege of being commissioned to paint several presidential and commemorative portraits for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. In addition he has also completed a number of private commissions and his work can be counted among those paintings now held in many important collections.


As an advocate for a return to some of the more traditional values in painting, Joseph Dawson’s work characterizes many of its salient qualities from the dynamic play of sudden light against the tenebrous effect of shadow and a richness of colour to the careful laying in of semi transparent glazes and the use of a more robust impasto.  Inspiration may bring an artist to the easel but it is patience and thoroughness and an understanding of the tools and materials involved that alone bring the work to fruition.


With every painting, Joseph Dawson works to achieve a completeness and quality of finish that will finally allow him to put his brushes aside and say finished.


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