DEBRA DAWES


BIOGRAPHY

1955 Born Goondiwindi, Queensland
1979 Art Certificate, Newcastle TAFE
1980-82 Diploma in Art, Newcastle College of Advanced Education
1984-85 Post-graduate Diploma in Painting, Sydney College of the Arts
1985-86 Co-director of Union Street Gallery, Sydney
1994-2000 Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 Open Studio - untitled, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2008 Blind faith, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2006 Cover up, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Danks Street, Sydney
2005 Everydaynow, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
2005 clock wise, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, University of Sydney, Sydney
2004 clock wise, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Danks Street, Sydney
2002 Afterthought, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2001 Glare, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2000 Afterthought, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Lifting the Sky, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1997 Trace of Passage, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
1996 Gray Spectra, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1995 Gingham, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
1993 Starlite, Art Gallery of New South Wales & Wollongong City Gallery
1992 On the Edge, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne
1991 Houndstooth, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1989 Abstract Painting 1989, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1988 Abstract Paintings, Mori Gallery & George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
1987 Psychedelia and Other States, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1986 Three Narratives: An Autobiography, Union Street Gallery, Sydney
1983 Drawing and Paintings, A-Weg Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 gbk @ Hong Kong Art Fair
2008 gbk @ Melbourne Art Fair
2008 Open Gallery (retrospective), Art & About, City of Sydney, Sydney
2007 Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art
2007 gbk @ Silvershot, Melbourne
2007 Come Hither: Interpretations of the Boudoir, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
2006 The December Group, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2006 21st Century Modern, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2006 gbk @ Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2005 gbk at Span Galleries, Melbourne
International Painting on Paper,
Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
 
2004 Open Gallery, Art & About, City of Sydney, Sydney
Site-Seeing, War Memorial Art Gallery, University of Sydney and Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney
Talking About Abstraction, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, The University of New South Wales, Sydney
Sight-Seeing, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Down Town Gallery, Beijing, China
 
2003 Shangrila Collective, Art Space, Woolloomooloo, Sydney 
2002 Good Vibrations, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Victoria
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope,
 
2001 Phenomena: New Painting in Australia, 1, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
 
2000 Suburb, Museum of Sydney, Sydney.
On The Brink: Abstraction of the 90s, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria
 
1998 VERVE: An exhibition of Visual Poetry and Poetic Visuals, S. H. Ervin Gallery, National Trust (curated for the Sydney Writer's Festival) 
1997-98 Containment, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart 
1996-97 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries, regional gallery tour 
1997 Geometric Painting in Australia 1941-1997, University Art Museum, The University of Queensland
Ornamentalism, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Antipodean Abstraction, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
 
1994 The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria
Reinventing the Grid, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
 
1992 Wish Hard, Biennale of Sydney Satellite, Wollongong City Gallery 
1991 Rules for Drawing, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Microcosm, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
The Subversive Stitch, Monash University Gallery Melbourne and Mori Annexe, Sydney
 
1990-91 Abstraction, Art Gallery of New South Wales and touring 
1990 Pure, Queensland College Art Gallery, Brisbane
Architecture of Light, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1989 Pure, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Colour Blind, Mori Gallery, Sydney
 
1987 Feminist Narratives, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne 
1986 Union Street, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne and College Gallery, Brisbane 
1985 Joint Show, Union Street Gallery, Sydney 
1984 Last Past the Postism, Art Unit, Sydney 
1983 Installation in collaboration with Jelle van den Berg, Academia del Arte, Florence, Italy 
1982 Curatorial Committee and Exhibitor in Women and Arts Festival Gallery 62, Newcastle 
COLLECTIONS

Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Powerhouse Museum
, Sydney
University of Wollongong
Art Bank
Macquarie Bank
Allen, Allen & Helmsley

News Limited

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Fairley, Gina. “Art Month Sydney Precinct 3: Waterloo”, Art Guide Australia, March/April 2010, pp. 32-35
Vickers, Rose. “Debra Dawes + Four White Walls”,
Dawes, Debra. “Q&A: Debra Dawes”, Art Month Sydney 2010 Guide by Vogue Living
Clement, Tracey. “Metro Picks”, Metro: Art, Sydney Morning Herald, March 19-25, 2010, p. 14
Kelly, Miriam, Debra Dawes: Parallel Planes, Art on View, National Gallery of Australia, 2009, p.38.
Serisier, Gillian, Show and Tell, Art Market, 2009, p.30-34.
Stephen, Ann, “Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art”, Art & Australia, Vol 45, No.3 Autumn 2008 p. 473
Lewis, Clare. 'A Life Examined', Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2007
Boulten, Phillip. 'Cover Up/Terror Wars', exhibition catalogue, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, 2006
Grace, Helen. 'clock wise', 21st Century Modern, 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2006
Stubbs, Mike. 'A Leap Into the Light', White Noise, exhibition catalogue, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2005
Grace, Helen. 'Debra Dawes The Dynamism of Equilibrium', Everydaynow, exhibition catalogue, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 2005
Gibson, Ross. 'Debra Dawes clock wise', exhibition catalogue, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, 2004
Fenner, Felicity. 'Talking About Abstraction', exhibition catalogue, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004
Garside, Sioux. 'Sightseeing', exhibition catalogue, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney, 2004
Schwarz, Katrina, ‘Art as Theatre’, Reviews, Monument, 46 February/March 2002
Stanhope, Zara. 'Good Vibrations: the Legacy of Op Art in Australia', Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Victoria, 2002
Wardell, Michael. 'Phenomena New Painting in Australia:1', exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001
Broadfoot, Keith. 'In The Name of Painting', Postwest, No. 16, 2000
Broadfoot, Keith. 'The Mirage of Memory: Lifting the Sky', exhibition catalogue, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney, 1999
Quillaen, Diana. 'Verve and After The Masters', Art Monthly, No. 110, June 1999
Hallett, Bryce. 'Sorry seems to be the hardest word - to see', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 May 1998
Bond, Clare. 'Containment', exhibition catalogue, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, 1997
McNamara, Andrew. 'Ornamentalism', exhibition catalogue, Institute of Modern Art and Power Institute of Fine Arts, Brisbane, 1997 Gibson, Ross. 'Restless, Abstract and Realist', Art & Australia, Vol. 34, No. 2 1996
Moore, Catriona. 'Supermodels: Women artists enter the mainstream', (ed) Butler, Rex, What is Appropriation: An Anthology of Critical Writings on Australian Art in the 1980s, IMA and Power Institute publication 1996
McNeill, David. 'Debra Dawes', Art + Text, May 1996
Auty, Giles. 'Obsessive Convulsive', The Weekend Australian, 13-14 April 1996
Mendelssohn, Joanna. 'Sydney Art: Bill Henson, Debra Dawes', The Australian, 19 April 1996
Green, Charles. Peripheral Vision: Contemporary Australian Art 1970 - 1994, A World of Art Book, Craftmans House, 1995
McKenzie, Robyn. 'Gingham: Debra Dawes' The Age 17 May 1995
Bruce, Candice. 'Performance Peace', exhibition catalogue, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne, 1994
Kent, Rachel. 'Reinventing the Grid' exhibition catalogue, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne, 1994
Rooney, Robert. 'How lines of thought converge on the grid', The Weekend Australian, 22-23 October 1994
Gibson, Ross. 'A Constellation of Options', Starlite, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1993
Holder, Jo. 'Wish Hard' exhibition catalogue, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, December 1992
O'Donnell, Marcus. Debra Dawes 'On the Edge', Agenda No. 25 September/October 1992
Rooney, Robert. 'Reductive Geometry in Many Colourful Guises', The Weekend Australian, 4-5 July 1992
Green, Charles & Wickham, Stephen. 'Abstract?', West, Vol. 3, No. 2 1991
Kleinert, Sylvia. 'On the idea of being sub.ver'sive', Crafts NSW Summer 1991
Lynn, Elwyn. 'Modernism minus authoritarian bombast', The Weekend Australian, 7-8 December 1991
Murray, Kevin. 'Contemporary Twists', Craft Victoria, October/November p.13 1991
Rooney, Robert. 'Serious funny business', The Weekend Australian , 21-22 September 1991
Green, Charles. 'Debra Dawes', Artforum, October 1991
Forsyth, Graham. 'Houndstooth - Debra Dawes', Agenda No. 19 September 1991
Lynn, Elwyn. 'Back to the square ones' The Weekend Australian 22-23 June 1991
Kirby, Vicki. Interview with Debra Dawes, West Vol. 2, No. 1 1990
Snell, Ted. 'Abstraction', Art and Australia 1990
McDonald, Ewen. 'Variations on a Minimalist Theme', Eyeline No. 13 1990
Lumby, Catherine. 'Abstraction', Tension No. 22 1990
Lynn, Victoria. 'Abstraction' exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, June 1990
Moore, Catriona. 'Debra Dawes', Flash Art No. 144 January/February 1989
Lindsay, Eloise. 'Australian Perspecta', exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1989
McDonald, John. 'This Perspecta relies on blind faith', The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 June 1989
Lynn, Elwyn. 'The individual in perspective', The Weekend Australian, 10-11 June 1989
Hansford, Pam. 'Abstract Paintings', exhibition catalogue, Mori Gallery, Sydney, 1988
Watson, Bronwyn. 'The power of the grid', The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 September 1988
Lynn, Elwyn. 'Unashamedly Abstract', Weekend Australian, 10-11 September 1988
Rooney Robert. 'Mapping the realm of ambiguous vision', Weekend Australian, 19-20 November 1988
Lindsay, Eloise. 'Abstract Paintings', Eyeline, No. 7, December 1988
Holder, Jo. 'Who is Mondrian?', Feminist Narratives,4-24 June 1987
Short, Susanna. 'Not so boring students' work', The Daily Telegraph, 28 February 1986
Mendelssohn, Joanna. 'Voice of reason in a revival of past styles' The Sydney Morning Herald, August 22 1986
Maloon,Terence. 'Union Street', exhibition catalogue, Union Street Gallery, Sydney, 1986
McDonald, John. 'Dawes shares the crest of a new feminist wave', National Times, 31 August 1986
Moore, Catriona. 'Deborah Singleton and Debra Dawes at Union Street Gallery', Art Network, Spring 1985
Maloon, Terence. 'Critics Choice 85, Part II', Sydney Morning Herald, 30 December 1985