Artists Past & Present

Martin Dawe



Martin Dawe was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to the United States when he was a child and grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, ten miles from Manhattan. He studied at Boston University School of Fine Arts and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Georgia State University. He apprenticed for 8 years under Julian Harris, a distinguished sculptor, medalist, and Georgia Tech professor emeritus of architecture, who taught architecture at Georgia Tech for over 30 years.


Martin began his own custom sculpture studio in 1987 and incorporated as CherryLion Studios in 1994. He leads a team of talented apprentices and a studio manager at his 6000 square foot studio near downtown Atlanta. The studio has produced hundreds of commissions including many large-scale public art installations and several life-size portrait commissions. Martin and his apprentices provide strong expertise in concept, design, sculpting, mold making, casting management, and installation. From over-life sized bronze figures to intimate impressionistic bas-reliefs, CherryLion has built a reputation for quality and innovation.


For Martin, sculpting a portrait bust is the most subtle and complex form of figurative sculpture. The minute tolerances of form and proportion, the insight into character and the enigmatic tendencies of expression combine into an art form of infinite learning possibilities for the artist.







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