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Dawn Stacey layers motifs of flora, fauna and landscape to create her immersive, dreamlike canvases. Each painting has a sense of narrative, telling the story of a journey through a landscape inspired by walks in her local East Sussex. She is fascinated by the diversity of wildlife in ‘the Railway Lands’, a nature reserve that is one of her favorite spots to reflect on new ideas for her paintings.
Dawns paintings have a strong sense of design and pattern, with finely observed details and purity of composition. She uses layer upon layer of collage and acrylic paint to build up a richly decorative surface, evocative of aged worn frescoes or tapestries. The imagery she uses is a combination of gathered objects, memories and the atmosphere of a particular place, creating a final painting that captures the essence of a time and place.
Dawn has worked as a professional artist for over 25 years, originally studying textile design and graduating with an MA in Illustration from Brighton University.
Dawn has exhibited widely across the UK in galleries and at London and Bristol affordable art fairs. Her work has been published as greetings cards with Woodmansterne and as prints for John Lewis. Her sought after paintings are widely collected, and appear in collections including the Brighton Hospital Trust and St Wildrid’s Hospice. She also regularly donates work to Chesnut Tree House charity auctions.