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Born 1960
David Dawson is a painter and met Lucian Freud when he was working part-time for his then dealer, James Kirkman, in the late 1980s. He was Freud's assistant for over two decades and during that time has photographed the artist exclusively. Dawson also modelled for Freud on numerous occasions including Sunny Morning, Eight Legs, 1997 and David and Eli, 2003. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
The photographs of Freud by Dawson offer a fascinating insight into a master painter at work. He was in daily contact with Freud and was closer than anyone to the daily goings on in the studio. As a result, these photographs provide a rare glimpse of portrait sittings, studio visits and paintings in progress.
David's photographs have been exhibited at museums across the world, including The National Portrait Gallery, London; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas and Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.