Debra Dawes combines simplicity of form with the complexity of seeing, feeling and thinking. Her geometric systems embody the legacy of formalist and conceptual practices, enabling an invigorated perceptual experience oscillating between theoptical field and the painted surface. The works deceive and disorient, challenging one’s sense of place within the picture..
Debra Dawes holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, where she studied painting in the mid 1980s and was at the same time co-director of Union Street Gallery in Sydney. In 1982 she was awarded a Diploma in Visual Art from the Newcastle College of Advanced Education. In 1985 she was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting from Sydney College of the Arts, and in 2000 she received a Doctor of Creative Arts from University of Wollongong. Dawes has been a recipient of numerous Australia Council grants.
Dawes' work is represented in several collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Australia and New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale.
Since the early 1980s, Debra Dawes has explored the interplay between life and the language of abstraction in painting. She has exhibited her paintings in public and in privately run galleries.