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.
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.
2022 Solo Exhibition, New Works, Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
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
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
The Snail House is a new and innovative Air BnB style 'Dawn Crothers' themed vacation stay based in the centre of Donaghadee.
The house was completely refurbished during the first Covid -19 lockdown in 2020 and has been stylishly decorated throughout.
The house is fully refurbished to a hi end and hi tech spec.
There is a large master bedroom with views to the sea. Super King luxury Hotel quality bed and designer feature lighting with a 42” TV.
The smaller second bedroom has 2 single beds with Hotel quality matresses and a 30” TV.
The house also has Wifi throughout and a Nest Heating system and Alexa devices.
The livingroom has a luxurious corner sofa with 55” TV leading to a modern contemporary kitchen with all mod cons and Video screen alexa. There are various Board games and a PS4 for anyone who wants to use them.
There is a modern bathroom with complimentary towels and Fat Budda toiletries on the ground floor leading to the decking,fire pit seating area and garden.
Lighting outside is all full operated by remote control and there is a lovely decking area with café seating for coffee.
The firepit area can seat loads of people with its own fit pit. Beyond that is a 4m x 4.5m artificial grass area.
Then at the rear of the garden we have built a purpose built garden snug/party room/art studio.
containing 55” TV and wall hung flame electric remote control fire. Sofa and soft seating area. This area can also be used as an art and craft area
The house also has a Snail Honesty Souvenir Shop…you simply log on to the wall mounted Ipad choose what you like be it a painting, print of product that’s in the house ,pay via the website and then take it from the shop when you are leaving!The house is situated in William Street directly beside the Common and Beach and the nearest shop is 1min walk!
If your intersted in staying in the Snail House please send me an email!