Janet Dawson

  • Janet Dawson has had a distinguished career as an abstract and figurative painter and printmaker. Dawson studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and in 1952 the National Gallery of Victoria awarded her a Travelling Scholarship to London where she studied at the Slade School and Central School. After Dawson moved to Binalong, NSW, in 1973 her work became, as Andrew Sayers says, "engaged with the qualities of the natural world: not only the landscape, but the sheen of birds' feathers, the shapes of growing things, the endless pictorial possibilities of vegetables tended in the garden". Since this time Dawson has been concerned with reflecting her own world. In 2012 she will be the subject of a survey exhibition, curated by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. In 2006 a travelling survey exhibition of Dawson's work began at the Bathurst Regional Gallery, and travelled to the SH Ervin Gallery, Queensland University Art Museum, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery. Prior survey exhibitions have been held at the National Gallery of Victoria (1979) and the National Gallery of Australia (1996). Her work is held in major Australian and international collections including the Royal Society, London.