William Dawson began carving when he was semiretired and working as a security guard, which allowed him the time to whittle. Dawson’s work became renowned as part of the 1982 exhibition Black Folk Art in America 1930–1980 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Untitled (Lady), carved in the round, also has movable arms fastened to the body with nails. Dawson outlined his figures with a coping saw and used wood files and X‑Acto knives for detailing. He then painted the sculptures with bright acrylics, adding a varnish finish for extra gloss. He attached found objects such as human hair to give the figure character and add realism.
- ca. 1970 - 1980
- 13 1⁄2 × 3 1⁄2 × 2 1⁄4 in. (34.3 × 8.9 × 5.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Orren and Marilyn Bradley and Kohler Foundation, Inc.
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- painted wood and hair
- Figure female – full length
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