Artist Chris Dawson

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Chris Dawson was born on March 28th 1979 in Bermuda.  From an early age Chris was constantly drawing and sketching images on paper.  He automatically took a strong liking to representational based art and has continued to work in that style up until present day. 
Chris attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from 1998 – 2002 with the intention of studying graphic design.  That idea quickly changed and his focus turned to photography, illustration, and air brushing.  In his final year, he took a painting class and was introduced to oil paints.  Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Fine Art. 
Chris works in oil paints and charcoal.  He has a love and passion for painting portraits, the figure, still lifes, and occasionally dabbles in some plein aire painting.  Chris is fascinated by oil paint – “I love the smell of it, the textures that can be created, the way it glides under the brush, and the different characteristics each pigment has”.   The choices of materials are extremely important for Chris.   He primarily paints on ACM panels and always selects paints that are of the highest quality with strictly oil and pigment with high lightfast ratings. This ensures the longevity of the countless hours that get put into each piece.   
Dawson is inspired by the old masters such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Ilya Repin, Ribera, Caravaggio, and also by contemporary artists such as Cesar Santos, David Kassan,  David Leffel, and Denis Sarazhin to name a few. 
In 2015, Chris won the Charman Prize held at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.  The Charman prize is Bermuda’s biggest visual art prize exhibition.  He submitted a painting titled ‘Three Queens’ which depicts his family members playing a game of 500 rummy with a playful twist to it.  This painting evokes a [...]

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