DAWSON, Michael

I make dense, vibrant paintings and images on paper, wood, and canvas with mixed media (mainly acrylic and oilsticks). They often combine expressionistic, graphic, and romantic elements that may be considered �outsider� in style. Some are simple in layout and some are busy but all do have an air of the confessional; they are deeply personal.
I combine colour and text as an oblique commentary on my life and society as I find it. There are dichotomies that I explore: wealth Vs poverty, primitive Vs sophisticated, acceptance Vs rejection, justice Vs injustice, spiritual Vs material, inner Vs outer experience and real Vs imaginary.
Historical references, contemporary culture, social commentary, abstraction and figuration are also used to create deliberate enigmas. There is no clear narrative or position as I filter and sample on a daily basis. What you see is a kaleidoscope of feelings and observations. However raw the composition, I always strive to bring poetry and aesthetics to the mix.