Sean Dawson

Sean Dawson, Rohkunstbau 2010

London artist Sean Dawson produces his visual creations in a series of steps where the photographic model for the work is gradually manipulated and defamiliarised. In terms of art theory, his large format oil paintings can be located between abstract expressionism’s gestural painting and photo-realism’s technical precision. They simultaneously recall the multiple perspectives in cubism and the painterly admiration of movement and speed in futurism. In their abstractness, the powerful explosions of colour evoke the pictorial surface as a medium yet remain independent fictive three-dimensional objects. Through their kaleidoscopic-like reflections, an inviting compositional perspective and added nuances of shading, they assert themselves against the beholder.

For Rohkunstbau, Sean Dawson has created “Hyper Cluster” and “Venus Smile”, two large-format paintings, which he is presenting on a freestanding wall in a room to the garden at Schloss Marquardt. The wall seems to form a massive obstacle in the path of the visitor but opens out towards the front of the garden, revealing these two works. Inspired by the possibility that something mysterious is concealed under the most ordinary everydayness, he creates opulent works where the lavish colours and energetic expressiveness evoke something decadently baroque yet simultaneously flow across the surface of the canvas rather like experimental music.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 LO-FI-SCI-PLI: Paintings, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2005 SILENT GLITCH: Paintings, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2001 Solo show, Alfred Camp Gallery, London
1998 Apocalyptics: New Paintings, 152c Brick Lane, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2009 SONS - Shoes or No Shoes? Museum, Kruishoutem, Belgium
2008 Prague Triennial, Prague
2007 Passion for Art - 35 Collection Essl, Klosterneuburg/ Wien (
2007 Metropole Galleries, Folkestone
2006 SLIDER, cur. by Richard Priestley, Cell Project Space OFF SITE PROJECT, London
2005 Paintings, (mit Dennis Hollingsworth), Buchmann Galerie Köln
2004 Kingdom, group show curated by Patti Ellis including Steven Gontarski, Neil Rumming, Toby Ziegler and others, Market Gallery, Glasgow