Dawn Beckles’ interpretation of the classic still life is unparalleled in her use of vibrant colour and contemporary settings depicted alongside her reoccurring subject matter, the exotic flora inspired by her native Barbados. A mixed media artist specializing in painting, collage and printing, Dawn frequently parallels found images of man-made beauty with those of the natural world. It is in Dawn’s painting that one will find high fashion, bespoke interiors and objets d’art elegantly juxtaposed with orchids, birds of paradise and livistona painted from her private collection.
The philosophy underlying Dawn’s body of work is to celebrate the intimate relationship between an item and its owner by illuminating the context in which it is presented. Her process, whether constructing an elaborately furnished roomscape or the study of an austere clay pot draped with crocosmia, requires the layout to evolve intuitively before applying her extensive technical skill and range to bring her vision for each work of art to fruition.
Dawn Beckles is currently a Londoner by ways of Barbados and Northern England. She graduated with a BA Design from the John Cass School of Art
2018 March Talented Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery
2018 February Contemporary Art Fair Surrey, Sandown Race Course
2017 December Shortlisted for the Rise ArtPrize
2017 November Winter Open Studios, Wimbledon Art Studios
2017 May Summer Open Studios, Wimbledon Art Studios
2017 Shortlisted for Society of Women Artists Summer exhibition
2016 November Winter Open Studios, Wimbledon Art Studios
2016 May Summer Open Studios, Wimbledon Art Studios
2015 November Winter Open Studios, Wimbledon Art Studios
2015 Shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer exhibition