Opening Receptions are
from 5:30-8:30 pm,
unless otherwise noted.
William S. Dawson was born in Philadelphia, and spent most of his youth on the coast of northern New Jersey and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His interest in art developed at an early age: he would spend many hours sketching and painting everything that came into view. In 1955, Mr. Dawson moved to Delaware where he continued to paint while maintaining a career in marine construction.
Mr. Dawson obtained his formal art education at the Philadelphia College of Art. Additional training came from workshops with accomplished artists, extensive reading, and self-study.
Historical scenes of Philadelphia and Delaware became a significant area in which he worked. A highly versatile and talented artist, Mr. Dawson painted in a realistic style. He created a visual experience which offers an opportunity to reflect upon events of the past and to transport the observer to quieter, gentler times.
Mr. Dawson's paintings are shown in galleries along the east coast and in Canada. He exhibited in juried and invitational shows throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware where he received numerous awards and prizes. He had one-man exhibitions in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Bill was truly a genuine person with an easy going smile and story to share whenever we had gallery business to discuss. Over the last few years the paint brushes didn't call out as much; he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren and his hot rods.
Bill will be missed by everyone in the artistic community and remembered as a gentleman, a painter and a good friend.