DAWN DUDEK is a multidisciplinary artist inspired by natural settings, duality, environmental awareness, and familiarity and dissonance with a strong sense of narrative; all recurring themes within her work. Dudek uses traditional mediums and digital tools to create her artworks moving between large format photography, sculptural installation, painting, ink drawing and animation.
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Dudek studied at the Ontario College of Art (OCAD) and established herself as an art director and animator. After a position as Jr. Art director at MAC cosmetics she steered 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 McCann Canada Interactive as an art director creating digital content for clients such as Nesquik and General Motors before relocating to France in 2001 to further develop her skills as a fine artist.
Dudek has exhibited throughout France, Spain, Monaco, Canada, Italy, UK and twice at the prestigious Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris (individually and as a part of the Canadian delegation) followed by a solo exhibition of her Filmscapes paintings at the 63rd FESTIVAL DE CANNES.
In 2020, Dawn spent 6 months in Western Australia as Artist In Residence at the Fremantle Arts Centre working on her project “Distance & Displacement”. Currently, Dawn partners with the Marine Education and Research Society creating animations to help with their visual messaging and is represented by Agency Arts, Los Angeles. Her most recent exhibition was in July 2021, London, UK as part of Blue Minds, a collective in aid of the Blue Marine Foundation.
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.