Neil Dawson Biography
b. 1976, London
Artists' website: www.neildawsonart.com
Neil Dawson creates paintings of unique city views in which there is an emphasis on colour and mood, which are used to convey his feelings on the subject. Seeking out new and unusual perspectives, the paintings fall somewhere between dour and ambient with a prevailing sense of melancholy. Either way, there is contrast in the paintings, a contrast between the vibrant, incandescent colours and the scenes that invoke memories that simmer with melancholy that no doubt warms and saddens the heart at the same time. Most of the paintings are set at twilight, a dreamy period that is filled with wonderment and mystery, which lends itself well to being painted.
Like most artist, Dawson showed his ability from an early age. He continued to develop his skills eventually going on to study foundation art and design at Central Saint Martins. Whilst there his interest waned due to having his worked constantly scrutinised. After completing the course he moved away from art and took a degree in economics. It was only after an extend period of traveling that he reignited his love for art. Exposure to new landscapes and environments inspired him
to start painting again. Now Dawson has a varied source of inspiration coming from magazines, TV, and walks in the city, to name a few. Also, the development of his own work serves as inspiration. Seeing the evolution and realisation of a piece acts as a point of reference and motivation.
Over time he has developed techniques to facilitate his paintings such as the uses of thumbs to blend and make marks.