Murray, Dawson RGI

Elected to RSW 1989

Artists Statement

Dawson Murray's passion for watercolour springs from the innate volatility of the medium, the constant vigilance required when painting wet-into-wet and the critical scrutiny necessary while watching paint dry. Of his subject matter he says, 'My paintings have always been about light and for many years now they have been based on the notion of the garden. I am particularly drawn to the ambiguities caused by the movement of light across the garden as it appears to both reveal and contradict the underlying forms and structures'


Dawson Murray studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961 - 66 and after his post-diploma year a number of awards permitted him to spend two years in Italy. After studying under Giuseppe Santomaso in Venice he moved to Scily where his painting reflected the heat and fertility of the northern coast. Returning to Scotland he spent 35 happy years involved in art education. A member of the Glasgow Group for 30 years, he was closely involved with the Richard Demarco Gallery in the 1980's.
Dawson Murray now lives in N.E.Fife and is married to the painter Liz Murray.


2004 - Winner: Channel 4 'Move It' Animation Competition
2002 - RSW Council Award
2000 - Noble Grossart Competition, Third Prize, RSA
1995 - Alexander Graham Munro Award, RSW
1966 - Carnegie Travelling Scholarship, RSA

Selected Exhibitions

2006 - British Miniprint International Tour
2000 - Noble Grossart Competition, RSA, Edinburgh and GSA, Glasgow
1999 - Solo Show - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
1999 - Connections, RSA Edinburgh Festival
1998 - Lord Provost's Prize - Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
1997 - Solo Show - Nancy Smillie Gallery, Glasgow
1993 - International Drawing Triennale, Wroclaw, Poland
1990 - Solo Show - Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh
1988 - New Tendencies in Scottish Contemporary Art, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo
1983 - Six Scottish Painters, Galleria del Cavallino, Venice

Public Collections

Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
McManus Galleries, Dundee
Scottish Arts Council
BBC Scotland
Dumbarton Burgh Council
Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow
Hamilton District Libraries

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