Michael Dawson

Further Work

Art Statement

michael dawsonI produce vibrant works on paper, wood, mdf and canvas in an expressionist style that is often mistaken as 'outsider' and I take that as a compliment.

Intense and energetic, rich in vivid colour and heavily covered in text, stencils and bursts of texture, the works are primarily concerned with a universal experience filtered through my life.

I suggest dichotomies, wealth vs poverty, primitive vs sophisticated, integration vs segregation, justice vs injustice and inner vs outer experience.

Whilst the majority of my work evidently references pop, expressionism, outsider art and design elements, I have developed a language of my own. I harness the synergy of appropriation; poetry, drawing and painting which marries text and image, abstraction and figuration, historical information mixed with contemporary critique.

Contemporary culture, history, geography, political and corporate worlds, word play, social commentary and music all get put into the art blender too. My work has no set agenda, theme or literal subject matter — it is informed by what I am passionate about, what makes me angry and what makes me joyous — how I respond to what I see and hear around me. I try to find beauty in the ordinary, in the mundane, in the over-looked, and in what is commonly regarded as ugly… I am also scathing of what I see as unfair, cruel and brutal in the world. This is also your world.

Photography Statement

michael dawsonIf my photographs have a mission at all, it is this: to capture both mundane and extraordinary scenes, moments and environments, people and events and present them in an interesting way.

It may be a tube train emerging from a tunnel or the dark interior of an abandoned building or my walk into town. Whatever the locale, on the best of days, I hope to ignite unexpected feelings and thoughts in the viewer.


Jean Michel Basquiat — almost everything but especially — In Italian, Nu Nile & The Dingoes that Park their Brains with their Gum.

Outsider art
Willem De Kooning — almost everything but especially Ruth's Zowie & other work from 1957-63
Cy Twombly — almost everything but especially The Coronation of Sesostris & The Four Seasons
Louise Borgeois especially — Nature Study
Julian Schnabel — Works On Paper & Palazzo Chupi Basquiat (Film)
Mark Rothko
Billy Childish
Gilbert & George
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Joseph Beuys
William Blake
Joan Miró
Andy Goldsworthy
Wassily Kandinsky
Ibrahim Hussein
Abstract Expressionism
Neo Expressionism
German Expressionism
New York City (especially SoHo Great Jones Street & W Village)
London (especially Brick Lane & Truman Brewery area) Zakopane (The Piano Bar)
The Isle Of Skye
Miami Beach
Ho Chi Minh City
Ha Noi & Hué
George Orwell
Samuel Beckett
T S Eliot
Allen Ginsberg
David Bowie (everything except Never Let Me Down!)
Iggy Pop — but especially The Idiot & Lust For Life
Patti Smith — especially Horses Trampin’ Dream Of Life Banga and her photography and poetry
Brian Eno — On Land Discreet Music Shutov Assembly Apollo
Stereo Total
The Clash
Joy Division — especially Unknown Pleasures
Mark Lanegan — Bubblegum
Philip Glass
Miles Davis
The B52's (1st 2 albums)
Charlie Parker
Bob Marley
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Tord Gustavsen — Being There
Richard Hawley — Coles Corner
Lou Reed
Lulu Rouge — Bless You
Tate Modern
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum NYC
ARKEN Museum of Modern Art Copenhagen
Stormking Art Centre
National Galleries of Scotland
Little Sparta
The ocean rivers streams trees silence & frost clouds & sky
George Best
Charlotte Rampling
The Films of Woody Allen
Oil paint sticks
Arcylic paint
Oil paint
Atlantis Art Materials & L. Cornelissen & Son London
Erik's Parties
The industrial landscape of Sheffield in the 60s & 70s
Weston Park Museum
West Street
Rare & Racy
The Crucible Theatre
The Limit Club
Hawksmoor churches — Christ Church Spitalfields & St Mary Woolnoth in particular
Lomo Photographs
Peter Lindbergh photography
Vivian Maier
Agnes B
Vivienne Westwood
Islamic Calligraphy
Josef Müller-Brockmann
Blue Note & ECM album cover design
Most things and remember everyone dies but not everyone lives…

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michael dawsonBorn in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Now lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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