Verne Dawson (American, b.1961) was born in Meridianville, AL, in 1961. Dawson studied at the Art Student’s League of New York in 1976, and then went on to Cooper Union in 1980. His first solo exhibition was in 1985 at The Portrait Studio in New York.

Dawson’s work explores broad human themes such as spirituality, mortality, and our place in the universe. In his 2001 exhibition, May Day, at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Dawson exhibited a series of five paintings, including Solstice Procession in the Magdelenian Era and When Santa Was a Shaman, all with the subtitle Cycle of quarter-days observances, circa 23800 B.C.. He has shown his work in America multiple times at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and in Europe at Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and Victoria Miro Gallery in London.

Dawson was also in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, in which he exhibited Pagans. In 2011, he exhibited a four part mural, Old Mill Calendar, at the Eva Presenhuber Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland. The piece explores the cycles present in our world: day to night, light to dark, life to death. The piece was also shown at the Yokohama Triennial in 2011. Dawson lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1961
Born in Meridianville, Alabama
1976–1978
Art Student's League of New York, NY
1980
The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York

Exhibitions

2010
Order to see, Galerie Praz, Delavallade, Paris, France
2010
In the Company of Alice , Victoria Miro, London, Great Britain
2010
Whitney Biennial, New York/NY, USA
2009
We Are Sun-kissed and Snow-blind , Galerie Patrick Seguin invites Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Paris, France
2009
Mrs. MacGruder, Benson Keyes Arts, Hello, curated by Michele Maccarone, Southampton/NY, USA
2009
Cave Painting: Installment #1, Gresham’s Ghost, Curated by Bob Nickas and Ajay Kurian, New York/NY, USA
2009
Conflicting Tales: Subjectivity (Quadrilogy, Part 1) The Burger Collection, Berlin, Germany
2009
Cave Painting, PSM Gallery, Berlin
2009
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York (solo)
2008
Blasted Allegories, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Works from the Ringier Collection, Luzern, Switzerland
2008
Contemporary Art Project, ESTRATOS, Murcia, Spain (group)
2008
The Paradise, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (with Trisha Donnelly), Ireland (solo)
2008
Gallery Hyundai/doART, Seoul, Korea
2008
Gallery Hyundai/doART, Beijing, China
2008
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape , Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York/NY, USA
2008
Pretty Ugly , Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York/NY, USA
2007
XXS (Extra Extra Small) , Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2007
Jubilee Exhibition, House Eva Presenhuber, Vnà, Switzerland
2007
Painting as Face – Fact as Fiction, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich
2007
Paintings , Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2007
The Third Mind, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, curated by Ugo Rondinone
2007
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2006
Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
2006
Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2006
Panic Room, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greek
2006
Painting Codes , GC.AC, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy
2006
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/NY, USA (solo)
2005
Interested Painting, Gallery 400, University of Illionois, Chicago/IL, USA
2005
Down by Law, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2005
Camden Arts Centre, London (solo)
2005
Biennale de Lyon, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans, Lyon, France
2005
Translation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2004
Huts The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2004
GBE Modern, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Verne Dawson, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (solo)
2004
The Days of the Week and other paintings, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/NY, USA (solo)
2003
Aerialists, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2003
Breathing The Water, Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
2003
Game Over, Grimm Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany
2003
Dirty Pictures, The Approach, London, Great Britain
2003
20th Anniversary - Welcome home , Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/NY, USA
2003
Wheel of Fortune, Vicoria Miro Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
2003
Dreams and Conflicts, Venice, Italy, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2002
The Galleries Show, The Royal Academy of Art, London
2002
Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2002
Five Years, Jousse Enterprise , Paris, France
2002
From the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York/NY, USA
2002
Urgent Painting, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
2001
Best of the Season, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield/CT, USA
2001
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York/NY, USA (solo)
2001
Extended Painting , Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
2001
Invisible Museum, Memphis/TN, USA
2001
Works on paper: from Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2001
London Painting 2001, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2001
How is Everything? Everything’s Going to be...Alright, Elizabeth Cherry Fine Arts, Tuscon
2000
Ghosts, Invisible Museum, Memphis, TN
2000
Cosmobiology, Bellweather, Brooklyn, NY
2000
There is no spirit in painting, Le consortium, Dijon, France
2000
Collected (in Mind), Sandra Gering Gallery, New York/NY, USA
2000
Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy (solo)
1999
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
1999
Another Country, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York, NY
1999
Titles For Drawings, AC Project Room, New York, NY
1998
Pets, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Landscape USA, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, NY
1997
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
1996
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
1996
AC Project Room, New York, NY
1995
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY (solo)
1993
Feseque, Municipal Art Museum, Budapest, Hungary
1993
Art in General, New York, NY
1993
Delta Axis Center, Mempis, TN
1993
Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago/IL, USA
1990
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
1990
White Columns, New York, NY
1990
Viafora Gallery, New York, NY
1989
Gallery Urban, New York, NY
1989
White Columns, New York, NY
1989
Viafora Gallery, New York, NY
1989
Viafora Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1988
Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
1988
White Columns, New York, NY
1988
International Gallery Invitational, New York, NY
1987
Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
1986
Ridge Street Gallery, New York, NY
1985
The Portrait Studio, New York, NY
1985
The Portrait Studio, New York, NY (solo)
1984
Sharpe Gallery, New York, NY
1984
King Street Gallery, New York, NY
1983
Olson Gallery, New York, NY
1982
Olson Gallery, New York, NY
1981
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
1981
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
1981
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
1981
Greenville Art Museum, Greenville, SC

Literature

2008
Lavrador, Judicaël (ed.): Qu'est-ce que la peinture aujourd'hui?, Beaux Arts Editions, Boulogne-Billancour, 2008. p.80-81
2008
Ruf, Beatrix (ed.), ‘Blasted Allegories. Works from the Ringier Collection‘, JRP Ringier Kunstverlag AG, Zurich
2007
Ugo Rondinone, ‘The Third Mind, ‘ Palais Magazine, No. 04, Paris, Fall 2007
2007
Hess, Ewa: Die Drei? Der Künstler Verne Dawson empfiehlt, in: SonntagsZeitung, May 6, 2007, p. 55
2007
Meier, Philipp: Phantastisches Bilderbuch, in: NZZ, No. 92, April 21/22, 2007, p. 63
2007
Jantine Kremer, Verne Dawson, Kunstbeeld.NL, 2007 - 2008
2006
Eliza Williams, Verne Dawson, Flash Art, May – June 2006
2006
Helen Sumpter, Verne Dawson, Time Out, 22-29 March 2006
2006
Brooks Adams, Time After Time: Report from Lyon, Art in America, February 2006
2005
Michael Glover, From the realms of fantasy, The Independent, 10 June 2005
2005
Martin Herbert, Round and Round Again, Time Out, May25 – June 1 2005
2005
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2004
Verne Dawson, 432 Catalogue, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
2003
Martin Herbert, Verne Dawson, Tema Celeste June/July 2003
2003
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2003
Ana Finel Honigman, Verne Dawson, Time Out, 19 March 2003
2003
Ned Denny, Infinitely Fabulous, New Statesman, 10 March 2003
2003
Sue Hubbard, Verne Dawson, Victoria Miro Gallery, Independent, 25 February 2003
2003
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2002
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2002
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2002
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2001
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2001
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2001
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2000
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2000
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1999
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1999
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1999
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1993
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1990
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1989
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1989
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