We were saddened to hear the news that Dawn Sidoli NEAC RWA passed away on 10th May 2022. By way of a tribute, we have published a 2004 interview with Dawn from our archives.


Dawn`s father sparked an interest in his young daughter by drawing animals for her; later, as she enjoyed riding along the Solway Firth in Cumbria, he bought her ‘How to Draw Horses’. She had her first watercolour box from him & kept it through her life. Years later, Northampton School of Art gave her a thorough Foundation Course including anatomy, life drawing & continuous sketching. Art Clubs, in Newark & Clifton helped to keep continuity while her family were growing up. Once in Bristol, near London, she discovered great painters like Auerbach, Herman, Eardley, Redpath, & Lowry. Her future was clear.



Dawn’s painting was, at first, traditional oils. Over time, she became ‘looser’ with larger brushes, and due to screen printing, learnt to simplify.  This and L.S.Lowry`s minimal palette helped to set her on her way.  Lamp Black, White, Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue & Vermilion were essential to her over the years. In later life, she prepared thick mount card with two coats of primer across & down. When dry, it would be cut ready for use. Many artists are ‘sniffy’ about paper palettes but they were ideal for her way of working. The colours were laid out in dippers: one genuine turps & linseed oil, one turps. subst. There was also her favourite oleopasto medium. This added texture and was good when a loaded house brush needs that extra ‘voice’. Dawn liked to paint ‘in situ’ to absorb the moody weather, sitting in her Brooklands Mini Cooper, overlooking the Bristol Channel at Portishead. It was her mini studio and she painted sitting in the passenger seat with paintbox & palette on the driver`s seat. One sheet was kept aside to place on top later, keeping paints moist. After returning to the studio, work was turned to the wall for a while.



2001– Portishead
1973-2001 Bristol
1954-56 Manchester Training College
1947-51 Northampton School of Art



Royal West of England Academy

Vice President of the Clifton Arts Club



2012 Framing Award, RWA
2003 Artistic Excellence Award, RWA
2004 Alresford Gallery Prize, NEAC
2000 Drawing Prize, NEAC
1988 Critic's Prize, NEAC
1988 1st Prize Winner, Laing National Painting Competition



1981– Annually with the RWA
1977-2011 RA Summer Show regularly
​2008 Cube Gallery Bristol, Solo Exhibition
2004 New Gallery, RWA, Solo Exhibition
1997/2002 Discerning Eye
2000 Fedden Gallery, Bristol, RWA, Solo show
1996 Adam Gallery, Bath,  Two-person Exhibition