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Dawn Dudek
Artist's Statement

My art is inspired by sameness, contradictions, a strong sense of narrative; often placing contrasting images close to each other and painting multiples with marked differences. Craft and technology, natural settings close to urban centres, familiarity and dissonance--all are relevant to my art and all have been recurring themes for me. My paintings touch on subjects central to the experience of contemporary life. Our internal repository of memorable images is a composite of real and constructed, fact and fiction; our emotional engagement with images and art influences us just as powerfully as real life.

The following is a commentary written by the artist describing her pinterest painting project. “I reviewed the many found images I had posted online and when I saw them side by side, I became intrigued by the relationship they had to each other. I wanted to take this process a step further and I decided the best way to explore these associations was to paint every picture pinned on my pinterest board and assemble them. After all, if I love these images so much, why don’t I paint them?”

On her filmscape paintings: “For many years I have liked the look of film stills, and my experience in computer animation has made me even more interested in exploring the single removed from the whole. When selecting frames, I prefer to concentrate on the interpretation of the still within the context of my specific themes, as opposed to the relevance of the frame within the original narrative. Splitting and duplicating the composition is one of the most interesting aspects of my work. While making the subject matter more dynamic, it also represents the passage of time, the subjective recollection of memories and more literally the film frames frozen between one and the next.”

BIO

Born in Winnipeg, Dawn moved to Toronto where she became a graduate and scholar of the Ontario College of Art. Dawn had her first solo exhibition in Toronto in 1993. The press coverage she received for this photographic installation included a live interview with CBC television, and led to a position as jr. art director for MAC cosmetics. Steering her career into the then new area of computer graphics, Dawn joined TOPIX/Mad Dog studio as director of broadcast animation. During these years Dawn partnered with award winning directors and animators to create leading edge broadcast design and animation for clients including Paramount Pictures, MTV and General Mills foods. Dawn moved to online media by joining Maclaren McCann Interactive (MMI) as an art director creating web content for clients such as Nesquik and General Motors until 2001.

As an artist Dawn continues to evolve, first by bringing an art background into computer graphics, and now by using her experience in computer animation to develop her ideas in the traditional medium of painting.

Dawn has exhibited her Filmscapes series throughout France, Spain, Monaco, and twice at the prestigious Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris: 2008 as an independent and 2009 as part of the Canadian delegation. Following her solo exhibition in May 2010, presented by Cannes Cinema at the 63rd FESTIVAL DE CANNES, Dawn exhibited in Italy for the first time. Her 6 week solo exhibition in Florence opened November 21, 2011. Dawn is currently working on her painting/installation and fine art print project titled ‘If you love it so much, why don’t you Paint it.’ and her wearable art collection ‘Tie me up couture By Dawn Dudek’. Made in Italy, these floating works of art are available at select stores in the US, France, Italy, Australia and online.

Alongside her current project Dawn’s recent paintings on canvas turn to the natural world. Inspired by botanicals, travel, the diversity of environment and popular culture. “The name for my new series is ‘the adder beneath the rose’, a quote by the Dorian Grey character in a Penny Dreadful episode that suits my concept perfectly!”

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions / CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014 July 1, L’instant Monaco
Dawn Dudek Prints: ‘If you love it so much, why don’t you Paint It’

2012 November 21 – January 3, Filmscapes Ideal Firenze
Florence, Italy

2010 May 13 – 22, CANNES CINEMA presents Filmscapes: by Dawn Dudek at the 63rd FESTIVAL DE CANNES.
Théâtre La Licorne
Cannes, France

2009 December 3 -21, Filmscapes Presented by UBS Monaco
Pacific Monte-Carlo
Monaco

2007 April 5 – 21, Filmscapes L’Associaton des Jeunes Monégasques
Galerie du Métropole, Monaco

2006 Toros: Egos and Icons Sponsored by UBS Monaco
La Rascasse, Monaco

1993 Selected Works. Photographic Installations
Balfour Building – Toronto, Canada
Sponsored by Mediawatch

SELECT COMMISSIONS

2016 Private Collection – Singapore ‘Unicorn Tears’ Acrylic on canvas

2014 Private Collection – Monaco’Through the door’ Oil on canvas

2014 Private Collection – Sydney, Australia ‘The girls’, Acrylic on Paper

2013 Private Collection – Switzerland ‘Cowboy’ Acrylic on Canvas

2011 Private Collection – Austria ‘l’escalier’ ‘Belle de Jour’ Acrylic on Canvas

1996 MAC Cosmetics
– Mixed media artwork for corporate offices
– 10 graphic paintings for manufacturing facility lounge.

EDUCATION:

1986 – 1990 Ontario College of Art
Graduated in 1990 with honourable mention in fourth year scholarship exhibition.
Areas of study: painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, new media.

1985 – 1986 University of Winnipeg
Bachelor of arts courses

RELATED EXPERIENCE:

1993-1995 MAC Cosmetics. Toronto Junior Art Director / in house artist

Artwork for corporate offices & manufacturing facility. Constructed and designed 45 visual

displays for over 20 locations in North America and UK, Annual Fashion Cares couture costumes, product sculpture Divine Design L.A.

1995 – 2000 TOPIX/MAD DOG DIGITAL Toronto Director of Broadcast Animation and Animator

Television & Film opening titles / TV network bumpers / Commercial effects / Character Design

Select Clients: Paramounts Pictures, CBC, MTV, MuchMusic, Discover Card, Cap’n Crunch.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

2015 June 12 – 14, Botanicae: a group exhibition of art and sculpture on the theme of nature
PURSTON MANOR, Banbury UK
http://www.botanicae.co.uk/

2014 October 23 – November 7, ‘Entre Deux Caps’ Chateau des Terrasses
Cap d’Ail, France

GROUP EXHBITIONS:

2014 July, Postcards for Charity Celebrity Auction, UK
www.independent.co.uk/arts

2011 February 1 – 19,  Wallpaper
Art + Design Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2009 December 10 – 13, Salon 2009 de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (SNBA) Canadian Delegation
Carrousel du Louvre- Salle le Nôtre, Paris, France

2009 July 1 – 15 September, Group Exhibition
Hotel Boston Zaragoza,  Zaragoza Aragon, Spain

2009 July 1 – 15 August, Parcours Art & Vin International
Le Domaine de la Dourbie,  Canet, France

2008 December 11- 14, Salon 2008 de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (SNBA)
Carrousel du Louvre- Salle le Nôtre, Paris, France

2009 May 1 – 10, 53° Salon International
Mail plein sud Espace Chapat, Beziers, France

2009 April 25 – May 03, 13 ème Salon International des Artistes Contemporains
Saint-Tropez, France

2008 December 11- 14, Salon 2008 de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (SNBA)
Carrousel du Louvre- Salle le Nôtre, Paris, France

2000 Focus Toronto Digital Media Competition and Exhibition
Toronto, Canada
Winner of competition by public vote.

1990 Ontario College of Art: Open House
Toronto, Canada

COLLECTIONS:

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Edmiston Yachts – Monaco
MAC Cosmetics

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Australia – Austria – Canada – France – Germany – Ireland – Italy – Monaco – Switzerland – UK – USA