Born in Winnipeg, Dawn Dudek moved to Toronto where she became a graduate and alumni of the Ontario College of Art. followed by a solo exhibition in Toronto in 1993. The press coverage 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, she joined TOPIX/Mad Dog studio as director of broadcast animation for clients including Paramount Pictures, MTV and General Mills foods; then moved to online media joining Maclaren McCann Interactive (MMI) as an art director creating web content for clients such as Nesquik and General Motors until 2001.
In 2005 Dudek began creating a body of work inspired by her love of cinema and moving images. She exhibited her Filmscapes series at the 63rd FESTIVAL DE CANNES presented by Cannes Cinema , throughout France, Spain, Monaco, Italy 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.
Dawn Dudek is represented by Agency Arts, Los Angeles for fine art and illustration and is currently working on her project titled ‘Distance and Displacement’. Distance + Displacement was developed while spending time painting in the boreal forests of Northwestern Ontario.
In 2020 Dudek will be artist in residence at Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia for 3 months, and artist in residence at Sointula Art Shed in BC, Canada for 1 month.
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.