(1901 - 1990)
William Dawson was active/lived in Illinois, Alabama. William Dawson is known for naive style genre, animal and portrait painting, totemic sculpture.
Biography William Dawson
Born in 1901 in Huntsville, Alabama, William Dawson was raised on his grandfather's horse farm. In 1923, he moved to Chicago and made a thirty-five-year career as a well-regarded manager of operations at the E. E Aron Company, a wholesale produce distributor located on South Water Market.
A man of the city with rural roots, Dawson turned to artmaking in his retirement years, taking adult education classes in ceramics and metalwork at a senior center, before gravitating to wood carving and painting. "I just see something lying in the street and I know it could be turned into something…I don't know what I'm going to do when I pick up a piece of wood, but the longer I look at it, it comes to me."
Dawson thrived on the praise his
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