A Mississippi native, Dawson (1901-1990) moved to Chicago as a young man and worked in the produce industry. He is known for his three-dimensional wood carvings as well as paintings on wood and paper.
William Dawson's work was featured in the groundbreaking show, Black Folk Art in America: 1930-1980, at the Corcoran in 1983, as well as several other shows and publications. His work is held in many private and museum collections.
woman in blue dress/man in green shirt
Woman: 14” x 4” x 1.5”, dated 9-85
Man: 21” x 6” x 1.25”, dated 10-30-89
polychromed wood carvings
12" x 16"
acrylic on paper
(click on photo for larger view)
38" x 22"
enamel on carved panel, mounted on artist-made stand