Item # FA-008
An Oil on Canvas
Portrait of a
Bearded old man, Signed UR “Dawley” (Joseph William
Dawley ), Size of canvas 16" X 20".
biography from the Archives of AskART:
of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Joseph Dawley became
well-known in the 1960s and 70s for his realistic character studies and
landscapes. In 1975, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and his
style became much looser, more colorful, and impressionistic.
following, submitted March 2005 from the daughter of the artist:
raised and educated in Texas, Joe Dawley moved to New Jersey in the
early 1960's where he remained. He painted in the traditional Old
Masters style until 1982, when the symptoms of Parkinson's - diagnosed
in 1975 - necessitated brain surgery. One of his accolades during that
period was being commissioned to paint the official portrait of Mother
Seton for the canonization in 1976.
After the surgery and much
recovery time, he found he had lost his fine motor skills needed to
paint realism as he had. He taught himself impressionism and was very
successful at it. He has appeared on all three major networks - ABC,
NBC, and CBS - and was featured in "Life" magazine in June 1993. Today,
after about 30 years of deterioration from the Parkinson's, Joe Dawley
continues to paint in yet another style, much more abstract and
definitely from the heart. He may not always be able to speak, remember
names, or even walk, but he seems to always be able to paint.
was invited by the White House to paint a painting for use as the
official 1994 Christmas Card. Two paintings were created for this
purpose and are both currently in the White House. Also in Washington,
D.C., Joe's painting "Snowfall in the Park" is the 1995 Christmas Card
for Very Special Arts, which is an international educational affiliate
of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts." SOLD