Cherrylion Studios, the largest custom sculpture studio in Atlanta Georgia, specializes in fine art sculpture commissions for public, corporate and private collectors. Over the past 28 years, the studio has produced hundreds of commissions including more than 30 large scale public art installations.

Martin Dawe and his apprentices provide strong expertise in concept, design, sculpting, mold making, casting, and implementation. From over-life sized bronze figures to intimate impressionistic bas reliefs, Cherrylion has built a reputation for quality and innovation.

Cherrylion often works directly with the client, but can also arrange to work with art consultants and galleries. The studio has developed a unique place in the art world that bridges fine art and commercial art.

Martin Dawe is a sculptor who works primarily as a commissioned artist in a variety of mediums. Martin is well known for his figurative and representational work, which ranges from loose, impressionist work, to traditional sculptures with a late 19th century style. Martin began his own custom sculpture studio in 1987 and incorporated as CherryLion Studios in 1994. Today it is the largest custom sculpture studio in Georgia. All of CherryLion’s work has been on a commission basis and the studio is not represented by a gallery.

Martin 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. He is well known for collaborating and working with his clients, and to Marty, this is the most fulfilling part of his job.

Photo by Darnell Wilburn