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Dawson Murray

Artist Biography

Dawson Murray, RSW, RGI Dawson studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961 - 66. After his post-diploma year a number of awards permitted him to spend two years in Italy where he studied under Giuseppe Santomaso in Venice. He then moved to Scilla 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. He now lives in North East Fife and is married to the painter Liz Murray.

His 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' 


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


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


Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie

McManus Galleries, Dundee

Scottish Arts Council

BBC Scotland

Dumbarton Burgh Council

Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow

Hamilton District Libraries

Selected Exhibitions