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    About Dawn

    With her quirky, colourful art instantly recognisable, Dawn Crothers is inspired by the vibrancy of nature and everyday life, her paintings portraying the world with an imaginative artistic twist…

    Dawn’s preferred medium is oil on canvas, although this can change, depending on the specific subject at hand, with various other techniques used from time-to-time, such as charcoal sketching before applying paint to canvas.

    With a love of animals and the natural world, these are key themes in Dawn’s work – from her infamous ‘Snail’, ‘Animal Kingdom’, ‘Puffin’ and ‘Bird’ collections, to her ‘Tree’ and ‘Children’s Room’ paintings. Meanwhile, her kaleidoscopic ‘Staycation’ pieces are inspired by an appreciation of the local beauty spots we treasured even more over the pandemic – special locations which evoke both joy and nostalgia for many people.


    Artistic style

    Inspired by the Russian-French artist, Marc Chagall, who incorporated many modernist influences within his work, Dawn’s own paintings reflect this poetic, figurative style. Her art subsequently combines colour and texture to create detailed paintings with depth and character, which always reveal more of their secrets the longer you look at them.

    Since her first sell-out exhibition back in 2008, Dawn’s work has only grown in popularity, with her art snapped up by private collectors, both locally and around the world. 

    2021 Solo Exhibition, Staycation, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2020 Solo Exhibition, Christmas, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2019 Solo Exhibition, Clowns of the Sea, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2018 Solo Christmas Exhibition, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2017 Solo Exhibition, Cameron Landscapes, Belfast
    2016 Birthstone Solo Exhibition, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2015 Opening Group Show, Art Care, Belfast
    2015 Group Christmas Show, The Art Agency, Surrey
    2015 Group Christmas Show, The Gallery Kinsale, Ireland
    2015 Solo Exhibition, Christmas, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2015 Group Show Lavelle Art Gallery, Clifden, Ireland
    2014 Solo Exhibition, Arts for All Gallery, Belfast
    2014 Edinburgh Art Fair
    2014 Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair
    2013 Group Christmas Exhibition, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
    2013 The Mulberry Tree Gallery, Dorset
    2013 The Inchmore Gallery, Inverness, Scotland
    2012 Solo Exhibition, McAllister Fine Art, Surrey
    2012 The Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York
    2010 Group Exhibition The Millbank Gallery, Templepatrick
    2010 Group Exhibition Killarney Art Gallery, Ireland
    2010 Group Exhibition the Whalley Gallery, Holywood
    2010 Irish Interiors Ulster Tatler, Exhibition, Belfast
    2009 Group Exhibition, Whalley Gallery, Holywood
    2008 Group Exhibition, Grand Opening of Whalley Gallery, Holywood
    2007 Group Exhibition, The Yard Gallery, Holywood

    Collections/ Corporate
    A & L Goodbody, Belfast
    Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, Haematology Ward, Belfast
    Daisy Lodge, Cancer Fund for Children, Newcastle, County Down
    Tiny Life, Belfast
    Cancer Research, UK
    Dame Mary Peters LG, CH, DBE, DStJ
    Wee Care, Day Nurseries, Belfast
    Sir Hugh Orde
    Dillon Bass Ltd
    Mercer Dental, Bangor, County Down
    Hamilton Road Surgery, Bangor, County Down
    Coast Restaurant, Holywood
    Hope House, Whitehead, Northern Ireland
    McHughs Bar, Belfast
    Cosmetech, Kings Road, London
    The Neptune Group, London

     Creative classes

    One of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs, Dawn has not only been creating exciting new work for more than a decade, she also shares her passion and expertise through various classes, workshops and talks. These usually take place at her studio, a light, airy space based in a historic stable building in the leafy Glenmachan area of Belfast, which immediately immerses visitors in Dawn’s creative world.

    During the pandemic, when in-person events couldn’t take place, however, Dawn also launched a series of online Zoom classes, which saw thousands of children and adults both locally and globally take part. Although her studio workshops have since returned, Dawn continues to deliver online classes, as well as mental health and wellbeing sessions for NHS patients, which also began during the lockdowns.

    With a genuine love of the arts, this passion lies at the heart of everything Dawn does, along with a desire to inspire others to experience the joy of creativity…

    dawn crothers with James G one of her art students

    Inchmarlo prep school visit to Dawn Crothers Studio and Gallery