Friday, 23 August 2013

Stuart Dawson: 'Superlative Northern Artist' Dies

Born at Birch Hill Hospital 30th, June 1957, Died 1st, August 2013

STUART Dawson, the 56-year-old artist from Littleborough near Rochdale who local painter Walter Kershaw described as a 'superlative artist', died of an inoperable brain cancer on the 1st, August. Only last month Walter, who was opening an exhibition at Number Ten Gallery in Rochdale, told me of his condition. Earlier this year Mr. Kershaw had recommended that Northern Voices interview Stuart Dawson as the most promising local artist in the North West of England. Now sadly that will never happen.

Stuart had been part of a dynamic duo with Walter Kershaw in his journeys on a motor bike around Lancashire in the 1970s and 80s painting huge murals on the sides of derelict buildings and terraces. Walter told the Rochdale Observer: 'I have always been a great fan of Stuart's work.  He was a superlative artist and was in my opinion the best watercolour artist in the area by far.'

Following his graduation at Bradford College in 1978 and the Royal College of Art in 1983, Stuart held exhibitions of his work in London at the Royal Academy, the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and at the Espace Vega in Paris. He has left a huge quantity of his paintings at Dean Clough Gallery in Halifax.

Stuart Dawson's funeral service was held at Littleborough Parish Church on Monday 12th, August.

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