Dawna Rose is a contemporary painter who blends figuration and abstraction in unexpected and visually striking compositions. Her paintings, not easy to classify, weave together numerous genres, styles, and intentions, disrupting and obscuring the narrative so nothing is ever quite certain or clear. Rather than attempting to integrate the various elements within each picture, Dawna instead chooses to celebrate their differences.
Dawna Rose has exhibited widely across Canada, published limited edition books, made award-winning work in animated film form, and held a number of grants and artist in residence positions. Her ongoing solo projects include the Rooftop series from the summer of 2021, On the Rock, abstract paintings influenced by her residency at Pouch Cove, Newfoundland in August 2021, and a group of self portraits she is now developing while in residency at AKA artist-run centre until the end of December 2021.