Debra Dawes (b. 1955, Australia) is most widely known for her paintings featuring grid-like structures and geometric patterns. The scope of Dawes’ range as an artist is defined by her ambitious engagement between Modernist aesthetic traditions and techniques. Her practice embodies a sense of responsibility and conscience, demanding a response to the public infractions of contemporary experience that are compacted, codified and projected through her various bodies of work.
Dawes has exhibited extensively at numerous institutions across Australia over her illustrious three-decade career. Recent shows include Measure at Wollongong Art Gallery, Australia (2018), and Measure (ii) at Tamworth Regional Gallery, Australia (2017), selected surveys of Dawes’ artworks from 1991 to present. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), amongst many others.