Dawn Beckles’ interpretation of the classic still life is unparalleled in her use of vibrant colour and contemporary settings depicted alongside her reoccurring subject matter, the exotic flora inspired by her native Barbados. A mixed media artist specializing in combining painting, collage and printing, Dawn frequently parallels found images of man-made beauty with those of the natural world. It is in Dawn’s painting that one will find high fashion, bespoke interiors juxtaposed with orchids, birds of paradise painted from her private collection.
The philosophy underlying Dawn’s body of work is to celebrate the intimate relationship between an item and its owner by illuminating the context in which it is presented. Her process, whether constructing an elaborately furnished roomscape or the study of an austere clay pot draped with crocosmia, she invites you to learn more about them as she gets to know them.
In her most recent work, Dawn has been experimenting with landscapes and the idea of bringing the outdoors in.