Gabriel Dawe

Installation Images

Selected Works

Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 2, 2019
24 karat gold on puzzle in artist frame
18h x 24w inches
Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 15, 2021
Gold leaf on jigsaw puzzle
10h x 13 1/2w inches
Gabriel Dawe
Missing No. 18, 2021
Gold leaf on jigsaw puzzle
11h x 14w inches
Gabriel Dawe
Golden Path No. 10, 2022
Gold leaf on jigsaw puzzle
54 1/2h x 75 3/4w inches
Gabriel Dawe
Incomplete No. 13 (Bruegel), 2022
Jigsaw puzzle
54 1/2h x 75 3/4w inches


Born and raised in Mexico City, Dawe has created a practice informed both by his childhood fascination with needlework as well as his frustration with the restrictive gender norms that forbade him access to it as a young boy. Challenging the traditional categorization of textiles within domestic craft, the artist’s work weaves together reflections on gender, fashion, and architecture.

Dawe’s large-scale installations emulate the optical phenomena of refracted light, captivating viewers by inviting them into an ethereal and celestial experience within the bounds of the venerable walls and ceilings of art institutions. Dawe explains his intent is to “materialize light, to give it density, so that I can offer the viewer an approximation of things otherwise inaccessible to us—a glimmer of hope that brings us closer to the transcendent.”

Dawe received an MFA from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2020 Dawe received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and the Texas State 3D Visual Artist Award. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Courtauld Institute, London, U.K.; the U.S. Consolute in Monterrey, Mexico; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; and Museum Rijswijk, the Netherlands. Dawe has had solo exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art, OH; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX;  The National Centre for Craft and Design, Lincolnshire, UK; Newark Museum, NJ; Brighman Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; and The Luminary Arts Center, St. Louis, MO to name a few. Dawe’s work has been collected by the Amarillo Museum of Art, TX; Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtBentonville, AR; Long Beach Performance Art Center, CA; Newark Museum, NJ; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; University of Texas at Dallas and the U.S. State Department.


On-site and Individual Works

Gabriel Dawe

Ode to Futility
Talley Dunn Gallery
August 27 – December 10, 2022

Gabriel Dawe

Talley Dunn Gallery
September 22 – November 7, 2020


Gabriel Dawe

Plexus No. 43
Bruce Museum
April 2, 2023 – February 1, 2026

Gabriel Dawe

Plexus No. 38
MOCA Jacksonville
July 15 – October 29, 2017

Gabriel Dawe

Plexus No. 35
Toledo Museum of Art 

Gabriel Dawe

Plexus No. 34
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Permanent Installation

Gabriel Dawe

Plexus No. 29
Brigham Young University Museum of Art
Permanent Installation

Gabriel Dawe

Plexus No. 28
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
September 12 – December 28, 2014




“Gabriel Dawe’s “Ode to Futility” at Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas”
By Lauren Shultz
November 15, 2022

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Gabriel Dawe Receives Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant

October 21, 2020

Dallas Morning News

“Finding the missing piece: Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe looks inward in his new show at Talley Dunn”
October 13, 2020


“Gabriel Dawe: In Rainbows”
June 6, 2016

Smithsonian Magazine

“Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread”
By Alicia Ault
November 17, 2015