Rebecca Dawson (b. 1997) is a Northern Irish artist.
Artificial - Unnatural - Distorted
My practice explores how we interact and use landscapes, and spaces that we inhabit - particularly with environments that are assumed to be 'natural', but rather are constructed and have an artificial quality to them.
These ideas are explored predominately through the medium of paint, however my starting point and where most of my source imagery and references come from, tends to be on site drawings. I purposefully make quick sketches marking out different information that I see using pencils, coloured markers and/or charcoal. Drawing has become more central to my practice and how is it translated into painting through mark making, line, form and shape.
I tend to work intuitively with colour and with an openness to how the painting develops. Working across multiple canvases/surfaces/boards at once helps me to keep my practice quite experimental. Enabling me to explore this idea of a falseness to the landscape and the questioning of what is 'natural'?
False - Controlled - Grotesquerie
Belfast School of Art (Ulster University) - BA(Hons) Art & Design (Foundation Year for Specialist Degrees) - 2016-2017
Belfast School of Art (Ulster University) - BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree - 2017-2020
2018 - Goose Lane Gallery, 'High Contrast', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2018 - The Engine Room Gallery, 'Christmas Group Show', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2020 - The MAC, 'Ulster University BA and MFA Fine Art Graduate Show', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2021 - Queen Street Studios, 'Emergence IV', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2021 - Belfast School of Art, 'it was raining exclamation marks', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2021 - The Second Fiddle, 'BSoA in Residency', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2021 - Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, 'Emerging Artists 2021', Limavady; N. Ireland.
2021 - Golden Thread Gallery, 'Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2022 - Arcade Studios, 'Royale Arcade Academy', Belfast; N. Ireland.
2022 - Queen Street Studios, 'Christmas Show', Belfast; N. Ireland.