2016 winner of the RSA Open Exhibition award Summerhall Prize. An exhibition of new and recent work by Edinburgh based artist, Michael Dawson.
Michael produces vibrant works on paper, wood, mdf and canvas in an expressionist style. 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 his life.
He suggests dichotomies, wealth Vs poverty, primitive Vs sophisticated, integration Vs segregation, justice Vs injustice and inner Vs outer experience.
Whilst the majority of his work evidently references pop, expressionism, outsider art and design elements, he has developed a language of his own. He harnesses the energy of appropriation producing poetry, drawing and painting which marries text and image, abstraction and figuration and 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. Michael’s work has no set agenda, theme or literal subject matter — it is informed by what he is passionate about, what makes him angry and what makes him joyous. It is an intense feast!