Arista Dawson’s work is an abstract thing of beauty.
Her paintings and drawings, sometimes based on a grid, explore the subtleties of color while using marks to create a vibrant source of movement. While it’s easy to connect her work to 1970s abstractionists like Frank Bowling, it also feels very contemporary.
recent exhibition history
Variations On a Theme // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2016
Symbols Formally Known As Words // organized by Marja van der Loo Yali’s Café Oxford Street Berkeley 2016
Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2016
Arista Dawson // Yali’s Cafe Berkeley, California 2015
Adventure! // organized by Scott MacLeod NIAD Art Center 2015
We Can Do It! // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2015
The Wild Ones // Women’s Cancer Resource Center Oakland 2014
Hand To Hand: The Emerging Artists Of UCPLA And NIAD Art Center // Organized by Anuradha Vikhram Washington Reid Gallery, Culver City; NIAD Art Center 2014
Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013
A Light That Never Goes Out: Continuing Traditions In Abstraction // NIAD Art Center 2013
Breaking Barriers // organized by Patricia Watts Marin Community Foundation, Novato 2013
Contra Costa Times: Richmond’s NIAD Makes Art Affordable And Accessible (2012, November)