Milford Galleries Dunedin

Neil Dawson

Vortex 4 (2012) Wings (2012) Vortex 5 (2012) Swirl - Red Gulls (2012) Pulse Disc 4 (2011) Swirl - Blue Darts (2012) Plate 16 (2011) Whare (2010)
Previous exhibitions below
From the recent Fanfare, the established Chalice in Christchurch's Cathedral Square and Ferns in Wellington's Civic Square, to Raindrops in Manchester, United Kingdom, and the Globe in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Neil Dawson's public artworks have become city icons. (1)

“Born and bred in New Zealand, Neil Dawson is a sculptor of international standing. All of Dawson’s works emphatically echo aspects of this nation’s socio-cultural environments and, literally, elevate these in spatial celebrations that are at once accessible and challenging. A central achievement discernable in this sculptor’s work is his ability to embody in pure space, clusters of socio-cultural and global concerns.”(2)

Neil describes his work as "an obsession, like it is for the majority of artists," adding that he "continue[s] to be excited by new projects." In the 1998 catalogue for "Ferns," Jim and Mary Barr say his work offers a "multiplicity of views that people can create for themselves as they move beneath or around his sculptures," emphasising that while "Dawson has used the interplay of the constant and the serendipitous in many of his works, in the spheres the combination has proved inspiring." (3)

Born in Christchurch in 1948, Dawson gained a Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons) from Canterbury University in 1970, and a Graduate Diploma in Sculpture from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, in 1973. Dawson was awarded an Arts Laureate by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand in 2003 and in 2006 held the Antarctica NZ Fellowship. His public commissions have been installed in many New Zealand and Australian cities as well as in France, the United Kingdom, China, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

1. Lee Suckling, 'The Sky's the Limit', Art News, Summer 2009
2. Dr Cassandra Fusco, Ways of seeing presence and absence – The work of Neil Dawson, Crafts Arts International No. 58, 2003
3. The Arts Foundation of New Zealand, 2003

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