William Dawson

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.

 
 

Two figures:

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

 

3 Horses

1985

12" x 16"

acrylic on paper

unframed

(click on photo for larger view)

 

Chickens

1987

38" x 22"

enamel on carved panel, mounted on artist-made stand