Feature Dawn Beckles Reinvigorates Still Life
As the curator in the pair, Davis is always on the lookout for new talent, especially female artists to help readdress the gender imbalance in art. This is a cause she shares with mixed media artist Dawn Beckles, who she first met at an art fair when Murus Art was in the early stages of planning before reconnecting in June 2020 to discuss the online platform in the midst of the pandemic. “It was one of those moments of pure joyful discovery; her intimate, uplifting and vibrant work was mesmerising. I instantly felt Dawn communicating her experiences to me through her work,” Davis says.
Davis adds: “Dawn has uniquely reimagined the classic still life through her bold palette, beautiful compositions and stylisation. Her work captures the indoors as an art form in a brilliantly imaginative way; interplaying memories of her childhood in Barbados with life today.
“Before the home became a popular artist’s muse during lockdown, Dawn was telling stories of the intimate relationship between interiors and their owners. The glimpses Dawn gives into unknown imagined worlds feel exciting, voyeuristic and engaging.
“Dawn adds a subtle dusting of humour and intrigue to her interiors. I particularly love it when she includes a painting within a painting. The beauty and playfulness of her work lies in the discovery of new details and the conjuring of narratives to drift away to.”
Davis is not alone in her appreciation. In the past three years, Beckles has been selected for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, #Not30 at The Other Art Fair, which highlighted the discrepancy between male and female artists represented by galleries and in museum collections, and has two pieces in the Soho House Collection on display at Shoreditch House and Soho Farmhouse.
You can see her work next in the summer at Wimbledon Art Studios, The Other Art Fair and as part of an all-female show at 99 Projects in Kensal Rise. Until then, Beckles’s recently released The Perfume Collection brightens up any day.
About the champion
Erica Davis is a Gallery Director, Start-up Founder and former Head of Buying who co-founded Murus Art with an aim simplify the process of buying art online. The innovative platform offers consumers a completely immersive experience by combining real home-setting imagery with augmented reality, so that clients can try before they buy.