Cotton Belt Gallery
William Dawson (1901 - 1990) was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and raised on his grandfather's horse farm. Later he moved to Chicago and worked in the produce industry. Upon his retirement, he began painting and carving wood. His subjects included farm animals, folk tales and biblical scenes. Some of his most well-recognized pieces are totems featuring a stack of human faces with large, expressive eyes.
In 1982, his work garnered national attention as part of the Corcoran Gallery's traveling exhibition, "Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980."