Andrew Dadson /   Andrew Dadson

Canada 1980

Photography, Monochrome Painting, Abstract Art, Painting, Prints

Andrew Dadson
Andrew Dadson
May 30, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Andrew Dadson is a Canadian contemporary artist who explores abstraction in various media including painting, performance, photography and works on paper. Born in 1980 in White Rock, Dadson earned his BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003.

Andrew Dadson’s Monochrome Paintings

In his oeuvre Vancouver-based artist consistently engages with the notion of boundaries in relation to space and time. Fascinated with the monochrome, a genre that has a long and lauded history, Andrew Dadson crosses, blurs, and questions the traditional limits of the canvas. His practice is distinguished by his thick handling of paint, often beginning with undercoats of bright colors and leading to topcoats of black or white. These layers are scraped, pushed, and dragged, then piled on again, creating specific work that questions the beginning and the end of the boundaries.

Andrew Dadson - Hot Wax, 2014, photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, abstract art, monochrome painting
Andrew Dadson – Hot Wax, 2014, photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery


The pieces in Dadson’s ongoing series Re-stretched are created by scraping layers of paint toward each of the four edges of a canvas. When the paint dries, Dadson removes the canvas from the stretcher and mounts it on a larger frame, such that the excess paint forms a ridge in relief. On that way, the untouched linen that was stapled to the back of the stretcher becomes visible, and it pushes the thick band of paint that had accumulated at the edges onto the front of the composition, such that they become almost like sculptures. In one of the pieces from the Re-stretched series, White/ Red/ Orange/ Yellow/ Green/ Blue/ Purple/ Pink Re-stretched, each canvas has a different base color visible through the material that covers them so the optical aspect of painting is fused to its physicality.

Andrew Dadson - Re-stretched and Re-framed, 2014, (detail), installation view, Art Basel, 2014, photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, abstract art, monochrome painting
Andrew Dadson – Re-stretched and Re-framed, 2014, (detail), installation view, Art Basel, 2014, photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery

Dadson’s Landscape Paintings

Andrew Dadson is best known for his landscape paintings which are actually photographs of landscapes he’s painted. His landscapes are the many nondescript, weed- and grass-covered hillsides in forgotten suburban areas painted with dark colours and then photographed. Non-toxic, edible paint is usually washed away in a couple of days. Andrew is interested in time and how the overlay of a monochrome on the landscape disappears quite quickly, reverting to its previous state. Dadson does his landscape interventions without getting any permits. In his Lawn and Yard paintings Andrew transforms patches of outdoor space into monochrome squares with all objects found there, including grass, bushes, walls, fences and lost objects — persistently painted with plant-based colours. Dadson is interested in nature’s ability to survive his assault, and his works attest to plurality and the complexity of life.

Andrew Dadson - Black Yard, 2007, photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, photography of landscape painting
Andrew Dadson – Black Yard, 2007, photo courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery

Paint Pour

In 2013 Andrew Dadson showed his painted vegetation in a gallery, planted directly into the gallery floor, and thus as sculpture rather than as photographic evidence. The exhibition entitled Paint Pour was held at RaebervonStenglin in Zurich. Nurtured with water and light, the plants gradually grew through the black paint in which the artist had dyed them, ultimately eliminating his efforts. The title Paint Pour refers to the Glue Pour works which American artist Robert Smithson made directly onto land in Vancouver in 1969.

Andrew Dadson - Black Plants, 2013, installation view, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, photo courtesy of RaebervonStenglin, installation
Andrew Dadson – Black Plants, 2013, installation view, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich, photo courtesy of RaebervonStenglin

Visible Heavens from 1850 to 2008

In 2008 Andrew Dadson published his first book, Visible Heavens based around a star map from 1850. The original map was photocopied, and each next copy was re-photocopied 158 times until the final page, which is entirely black. Visible Heavens symbolizes the shift within our interpretation of the stars and each photocopy represents a year in the fall from “heaven to earth.” The map changes from an accurate vision of the stars above to an abstracted blackness depicting the new “heaven” in the year when the book was published.

The Brink Award

Since his first solo exhibition at the Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, in the year of his graduation, Andrew Dadson has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally, in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States.
Andrew was the 2011 recipient of The Brink Award, a biennial prize presented to an emerging artist whose practice shows great artistic promise working in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia.
Dadson is represented by Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

Andrew Dadson lives and works in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Andrew DadsonDavid Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2015Andrew DadsonGalleria Franco Noero, Turin, ItalySolo
2015Over the SunVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaSolo
2014De PicturaGalleria Franco Noero, Turin, ItalyGroup
2013Suburban SuprematismGalleria Franco Noero, Torino, ItalySolo
2013paint pourRaebervonStenglin, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2013WAITEDDavid Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Les traces materielles,la temporalite et le geste en art contemporain (Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art)Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Universite Concordia, Montreal, Q.C. CanadaGroup
2012The Brink: Andrew DadsonHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2012Again and Again and AgainVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2012PhantasmagoriaPresentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2011On the Nature of ThingsKamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, B.C. CanadaGroup
2011WYSIWYG: What You(ngs) See Is What You GetRosenblum & Friends Collection, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Everything you can imagine is real…Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2011Orbiculuc304 days, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2010New Paintings and Visible HeavensLawrimore Project, Seattle, WASolo
2010Without you I’m NothingMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2010Che cosa sono le nuvoleOpere dalla Collezione Enea Righi, Museion, Bolzano, ItalyGroup
2010Summer ProjectsOlympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2010EndgameSlaughterhouseSpace, Healdsburg, CAGroup
2009Andrew DadsonGalleria Franco Noero, Turin, ItalySolo
2009Nothing to say and I am saying itKunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, GermanyGroup
2009Spite HouseLawrimore Project, Seattle, WAGroup
2009Flower PowerCRAA – Centro Ricerca Attaule, Villa Giulia, Verbania, ItalyGroup
2009Enacting AbstractionVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2009The Tenth Annual RBC Painting CompetitionThe Rooms, St. John’s, N.L. CanadaGroup
2008The baby still has oil in his earsThe Apartment, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaSolo
2008The Tenth Annual RBC Painting CompetitionNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, O.N. CanadaGroup
2008Are you all right? You Look so…OrangeGalleri Erik Steen, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2008The tree: from the sublime to the socialVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2007Evening all afternoonCharles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaSolo
2007Andrew DadsonGalleria Franco Noero, Turin, ItalySolo
2007Street SceneMurray Guy Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Pardon MeCharles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2006Republic GalleryPrologue 1, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2005Neon BankOr Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaSolo
2005Pardon MeSaidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, Q.C. CanadaGroup
2005dedicated to you, but you weren’t listeningThe Power Plant, Toronto, O.N. CanadaGroup
2004At PlayLiu Haisu Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2003AforementionedHelen Pitt Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaSolo
2003I am a CuratorChisenhale Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2003It’s better insideVideo In, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2002Risk: Playing the GameBelkin Satellite, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2002Backpacker ‘Work from Vancouver and Beyond’London Biennale, London, EnglandGroup
2002Wreck RoomArt System, Toronto, O.N. CanadaGroup
2002Is it Today AlreadyAntisocial Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2001Helen Pitt GalleryStylotech, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2001LIVE Biennial of Performance ArtWestern Front, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup
2001Identity Dividers, with Matt AikenHelen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. CanadaGroup