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Upcoming EXHIBITION

Janet Dawson

(b.1935)

Collectors Show

13 October – 4 November

Janet Dawson was born in 1935 and studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School from 1952 to 1956 where she won the NGV Travelling Scholarship and left to study lithography at the Slade School in London. Later she worked as a printmaker at the Atelier Patris in Paris and on her return to Melbourne in the early 1960s ran the print workshop and gave art classes at the avant-garde Gallery A.

She became involved in the colour field movement, using saturated colours and shaped boards to experiment with visual illusions and in 1966 was included in an exhibition of contemporary Australian painting in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1968 Dawson was included in the audacious and influential exhibition of abstract works, The Field at the new National Gallery of Victoria. In 1973 she won the Archibald Prize for a portrait of her husband the actor and playwright: Michael Boddy Reading.

Major survey exhibitions have been held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1979 and the National Gallery of Australia in 1996. In 2006-7 a Touring Survey exhibition was shown at Bathurst Regional Gallery; SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney; Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra; Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane; Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart and Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Victoria. In 2012 the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery curated a survey exhibition of her work. Janet Dawson’s work is held in major Australian and international collections including the Royal Society, London.

In association with Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne