Sentinels – by Andrew Dawson


18.00 — 21.00

On 1st December, we launch the new exhibition by Manchester based painter, Andrew Dawson.

Andrew studied Fine Art (painting) at Nottingham Trent university in the mid 90s and went on to teach painting and drawing to adults at University College Salford, before spending many years living and teaching overseas, honing his art skills on the whiteboard! He returned to the UK in 2014 to pursue his goal of becoming a professional artist.

Andrew works from a studio that can be visited by the public 6 days a week. It is located on the 3rd floor of the alternative marketplace – Afflecks Palace in Manchester’s thriving Northern Quarter – and his paintings are often created with an audience.

The paintings being displayed here at Kosmonaut are from a series called ‘Sentinels’ and were produced over a period of 20 months using acrylic paints and Indian ink.

Visually the aim was to produce unique and arresting images that are linked stylistically and thematically. The images represent snapshots of events or moments in a specific space and time, but their true nature and meaning are ambiguous by design.

The neutral, sentinel-like figures represent a sense of manipulation and observation throughout the series, however their form, actions and motives are unclear. These figures give the paintings a narrative focus, and a sense of character, benevolent or otherwise.                                                                                                                                                                                                                The exhibition launches with a drinks reception at 6pm on Thursday 1st December and the show runs through to 8th January.

Work is available to purchase, please contact

We’ll see you on 1st!