Debra Dawes is an artist born in Australia, currently working in Australia.
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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.

In 1984–85, while still studying, she was co-director of the artist-run space Union Street Gallery in Sydney.

Dawes’ work has been included in many major exhibitions, including Australian Perspecta (1990), Abstraction (1990–91), Phenomena: New Painting in Australia 1 (2001) and Starlite (1993) at the AGNSW, Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art (2007) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 21st Century Modern, Adelaide Bienniale (2006) at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Geometric Painting in Australia 1941–97 (1997) at the University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Good Vibrations (2002) and On the Brink: Abstraction of the 90s (2000) at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, and Ornamentalism (1997) at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Dawes’ work is represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the AGNSW, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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