Ian Dawson


British artist Ian Dawson produces large-scale sculptures out of a variety of materials. The artist has used colorful industrial plastic containers that are modeled into exotic forms through heat manipulation in several new works. Through this process, the object is stripped of its original use and begins to exist in a position between painting and sculpture. Other projects include large sheets of screen-printed paper that have been crumpled and seemingly tossed randomly into a corner. Each piece underlines the notion of dematerialization and seems to refer to the disposability and waste of Western societies. The objects also possess a life-like quality, often becoming animated and with an apparent potential for movement. Dawson attended the Royal College of Art and the Winchester School of Art in England. The artist recently exhibited with Galerie Xippas in Paris and Hales Gallery in London. U.S. exhibitions include “Tilt Trucks and Free Fliers” at the James Cohan Gallery in New York and a self-titled show with Grand Arts in Kansas. Dawson is a recipient of the Margaret Hall-Silva Award and will be exhibiting in “Cold Climate” March 9 at the Living Art Museum in Reyljavik, Iceland.