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Robert Dawson, Reaction, 2014, Limited Edition Plate


cobalt blue print on bone china
10 5/8 in diameter. Limited edition of 25

The frenetic "decoration" on this plate revels in it's own abandon. We could call it a blue and white, but it's pretty much all blue, not because it desires to cover up the white voids, but because it couldn't help itself.   Reaction is pure energy. It may also look back a little- to action painting. 

Dawson is a master of creating imaginative riffs on classic plates, including the Willow pattern tableware design, which is the single most successful product in the history of ceramics.  In addition to these concentrated and provocative works Dawson creates large scale murals and architectural facades in tile as well as commissions for the chinaware industry.

Based in London where he runs his studio, Aesthetic Sabotage, Robert Dawson was born in New York City in 1953 but spent most of his childhood in Geneva, Switzerland. He received his MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 1999. His art commissions include those at Sedgemoor, commissioned by Liverpool City Council;  as well as For Eloise at Philip House, Croydon, commissioned by Mayforth Property Ltd, in collaboration with Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd and Axiom Architects among others. He has been commissioned to design chinaware by Wedgewood and Sons Ltd, Volpe and Volpe, Habitat, and tmtmDesigns. His work is included in The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums, Liverpool; The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Maison Patrimoniale de Barthete, France; and many others.

Read about Dawson on CFile.



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