Susan Dawson is a contemporary landscape artist working in mixed media. She lives and works on the Isle of Skye, exhibiting her work locally and in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Since leaving Glasgow School of Art in 1988, where she studied Embroidered and Woven Textiles, Susan has portrayed the rich layers of colours and textured surfaces found in the ever-changing Scottish landscape. Over the past two years, Susan’s work has focused on atmospheric mixed-media landscape studies from Swordale near Torrin on the Isle of Skye. She has been influenced by the archaeological aspect of the landscape, particularly at High Pasture Cave where past communities have left their mark. Painting outside on location gives her this creative energy.
‘I become fascinated by one part of the land or sea, continuously sketching and painting the one area in different seasons and weathers, abstracting the patterns, colours and textures.’
She is a member of the newly formed Bridge Art Collective which is a group of 9 practising local artists’ from the Highlands – Isle of Skye, Locahalsh and Wester-Ross. They exhibit together and work in the local community. Check out their facebook page – The Bridge Art Collective
Glasgow School of Art 1984 -88
BA (Hons) Design – Embroidered and Woven Textiles
- Graduate Award – Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow.
- PGCE Secondary Education Art and Design
- Member of Aberdeen Artists’ Society. Yearly exhibitions.
- Weaver in Residence, Aberdeen Art Gallery. Exhibition and Art Workshops.
- Mixed exhibitions at Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen.
- Tutor for Open College of the Arts, Textile course.
- Tutor for City and Guilds Embroidery, Aberdeen College of Commerce.
- Commission for woven textile hanging, Shell UK, London.
- ‘Three Women Artists’ exhibition, Gordonstoun School Gallery.
- Travel to Nova Scotia, travel grant.
- ‘Common Ground’ 3 women exhibition. E.S.U, Edinburgh.
- W.A.S.P.S mixed festival exhibition.
- E.S.U mixed Festival Exhibition.
- ‘Scottish Artists’ at Will’s Art Warehouse, London.
- W.A.S.P.S mixed exhibition.
- Compass Gallery Xmas show, Glasgow.
- Art Exposure Xmas Show, Glasgow.
- Art Exposure, mixed exhibition.
- ‘New Landscapes’ 2 women exhibition, Patriothall, Edinburgh.
- Compass Gallery Xmas Show.
- Art Exposure Xmas Show.
- V.A.S Academy Show, the Mound, Edinburgh.
- Moved to the Isle of Skye
- Part-time teaching Art and Design
- Plockton High School and Portree High School
- V.A.S Academy Show, the Mound, Edinburgh.
- Touring mixed exhib., staff and pupils, Portree
High School. Portree, Inverness, Montecatini, Italy.
- Summer show, 2 Rooms Gallery, Plockton.
- Summer mixed exhibition 2 rooms Gallery, Plockton
- Basking in the Warmth of the Reel Orbost Gallery, Skye
(Touring Exhibition) Piping Festival, Glasgow
- Moved back to Edinburgh.
- Rock Trust postcard Exhibition
- Moved back to the Isle of Skye.
- Urlar joint exhibition of recent work – 2 woman show at the Edinburgh Ski Club, Howe st, Edinburgh
- Lecturer in Art and Design at West Highland College UHI and working in the Skye studio to present.
- First Impressions June 2019, joint exhibition with The Bridge Art Collective – recent work at the Steadings Gallery, Balmacara,Lochalsh
- Gatherings September 2019, joint exhibition with The Bridge Art Collective – recent work at the Steadings Gallery, Balmacara,Lochalsh
- Midwinter exhibition with the Bridge Art Collective December 2019.
- Lemond Gallery, Bearsden, Glasgow with the Bridge Art Collective 29th February – 8th March
- Collective Isolation Virtual mixed exhibition with the Bridge Art Collective starting 20th June – 20th July. http://www.thebridgeartcollective.com
- Lemond Gallery – The Big Xmas Exhibition
- Awakenings exhibition June 2021, joint exhibition with the Bridge Art Collective – recent work at the Steadings Gallery, Balmacara.
- Lemond gallery – the Big Summer Exhibition
- Film of Susan out working over a year on the Isle of Skye made by Christine Martin – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmAyBg6vFZo
- ‘Artists Unknown‘ photography project by photographer Jean-Michel O’Shea: https://artistunknown.page/theartists/artist-unknown-n10-susan-dawson
- Roads Travelled June 2022 – joint exhibition, recent work by the Bridge Art Collective at the Steadings Gallery, Balmacara.
- Lochalsh Art Fair September 2022 – mixed exhibition, The Old Bakehouse Gallery, Create, Kyle of Lochalsh