Paintings by Byron Eric Dawson in Child’s Play exhibition
We’re looking forward to seeing the exhibition Child’s Play
at The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
This exhibition from the Tyne and Wear Museums collection includes paintings, drawings, craft and decorative art with the themes of circus, fairground, the seaside and countryside and runs until Sunday 13th August 2017.
Several paintings by Byron Eric Dawson (1896-1968) are on show as part of this exhibition, including some of this artist’s most characterful paintings. There’s a fabulous painting of a fairground at night – possibly The Hoppings taking place on Newcastle’s Town Moor.
Dawson is particularly noted for his meticulous, architectural paintings and the cathedrals of Newcastle and Durham were an especially favourite subject for his watercolour paintings.
We currently have a watercolour painting of Durham Castle and Cathedral by Byron Dawson (dated 1940) in stock at the Tynemouth Art Gallery.
Despite his popularity as an artist in the first half of the 20th Century, Dawson’s is ultimately a sad story. From being one of the best known artists in the North East (many of his drawings appeared in the North Mail newspaper and The Journal) his final years were “spent in poverty, with only a small income from the tuition of private pupils and the occasional sale of his watercolour work.” [The Artists of Northumbria by Marshall Hall, 1982, p104]
Dawson’s work has been increasingly appreciated and admired in recent years and he is now recognised as an outstanding artist of the North East. His paintings provide an exceptional record of life in the North East of England in the early/mid-20th Century.