21st Century Dod
Full time artist Dod Dow, lives and works in his home city of Aberdeen. A graduate of Grays School of Art, his various subjects as a painter include portraiture, local landscape, townscape, castles, harbours and golf courses. Watercolour remains his favourite medium but he is also happy working in oil and acrylic. Dod would prefer to be known as a realist painter although his recent work has become more painterly and impressionistic in style. His eye for detail, however, has won him many commissions. His images have been reproduced in prints, postcards, Christmas cards and calendars, so his work is now familiar not only in Aberdeen but worldwide.
2000 Dod's first sports portraiture work - 'Portrait of Champions' to commemorate the Millennium Open at St Andrews.
2003 Dod became better known for his sports portraiture after being commissioned by Aberdeen Football Club to produce a painting to commemorate their Centenary in 2003 - 'AFC Legends of the First 100 years'.
2004 He produced a group portrait depicting 37 British Open Golf Champions - 'The Claret Jug Winners.'
2005 Various commissions.
2006 He was commissioned to paint 'The Goal' - a celebration of Scottish footballing legend, Archie Gemmill's wonder goal scored against Holland in the 1978 World Cup.
2007 Dod visited Clermont Ferrand in France on an artist exchange and taught a class in watercolour in French. While there, he drew and painted different views of the town.
2008 Dod was invited to show an exhibition of paintings in Clermont-Ferrand in the summer of 2008 to celebrate 25 years of the twinning between the French city and Aberdeen. This proved to be very successful and Dod hopes to exhibit in France again. Dod completed another Dons portrait project. 'The Gothenburg Greats' commemorated the 25th anniversary of their European Cup Winners' Cup success in 1983.
2009 In a complete change of direction, Dod started work on a cartoon strip - 'Joe Baxi the Abermean Taxi' to finally record some of the experiences he suffered and enjoyed as a taxi driver back in the eighties and early nineties. The Evening Express published the strip online and the weekly storylines became very topical - tracking all the various goings on in Aberdeen throughout 2009. Dod then gathered all his material into a book - 'The Long Hard Road to Easy Street' at the end of the year.
2010 Dod painted 'Centenary Silver' which was commissioned by supporters group the Arabtrust to celebrate Dundee United winning the Scottish Cup in that year.
2011 Various commissions. Pittodrie Years painting. Exhibition in the Aberdeen Arts Centre.
2012 This proved to be a very busy year for Dod as he completed the sports portraiture artwork for a Rangers Legends print and a Celtic Legends print plus a painting and print to commemorate the Hearts' Scottish Cup win in May of that year.
2013 Among other commissions, Dod did a Manchester United Legends painting and also a picture to celebrate St Mirren winning the Scottish League cup.
2014 Another busy year with two main large painted works. Firstly a large oil painting to commemorate 100 years of the Tynecastle main stand combining with some legendary players from Hearts. 100 prints were issued from the original and were co-signed by six Hearts Legends. Secondly a painting and print to celebrate the Dons winning the Scottish League Cup! Again a limited edition of only 100 prints were produced, each print being signed by Derek McInnes, Russell Anderson, Barry Robson, Jamie Langfield, Nicky Low and Adam Rooney. Print No1 was auctioned at the first AFC Community Trust dinner for £1700.
2015 A football painting to commemorate Hearts winning the Championship and promotion back into the premier league. Also a series of black and white Aberdeen harbour paintings. Towards the end of the year Dod began work on his Aberdeen FC indiviual signed player portraits.
2016 A large oil painting of the MRV Scotia leaving Aberdeen commisioned by Marine Scotland.
2017 A commissioned painting of Scotland’s greatest ever footballer and Aberdeen born - Denis Law.
2018 A series of paintings of Bennachie. Dance pictures.
2019 Beginnings of abstract pieces developing from previous dance paintings.
2020 New work featuring colourful pieces based on Chaos squares.
2021 Abstract painting shown and sold in the RSW winter show in Edinburgh.
2022 Another Chaos squares painting in RSW show which also sold.
A series of mosaic pieces made up of abstract expressionist triangles made into squares and forming a geometric pattern.
“Wherever I go and whatever I do becomes the source of painting ideas for me, the process is continuous.”
“My painting develops as time goes by, I look forward to more challenges in the future.”
Watercolours and Oils - most subjects.
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