Dexter Dalwood

Dexter Dalwood, born in 1960, Bristol, UK, lives and works in London, UK.


In Dexter Dalwood’s practice there is a highly sophisticated construction of contemporary events and figures mixed in art historical settings. Typically, Dalwood's works depict imagined and constructed interiors or landscapes, usually devoid of figures, that act as memorials or descriptions of various historic people, places or moments. They draw on the old tradition of ‘History Paintings’ and act as memorials or descriptions of various historic people, places or moments. Dalwood subject from major political events, imagined places marked by some traumatic history or event, portraits of famous figures both - in general events or people that are a part of our shared cultural memory. In this depiction of the ‘real’ history, Dalwood weaves art-historical references into this contemporary popular conscience, leaving small clues for the viewer so that he or she may complete the image: The viewer must use their imagination to complete my images, so I create images that trigger memories, or play upon images they may already have in mind about certain events. I like the idea of painting something that you may know a little about - the date, the place, the person - but that you don’t necessarily have a specific image for. Dalwood uses these images of our cultural memory to try and create a bridge between the real history and art history, since these two histories, as Dalwood states, has been separated. 


Dalwood studied at St. Martins School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. 


Selected solo exhibitions include; Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, HK (2016), Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2014); Karpidas Foundation Gift: in memory of Konstantin Karpidas, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (2014); Dexter Dalwood, Kunsthaus, Centre d’art Centre PasquArt, Biel, CH (2013); Dichter un Drogen, Nolan Judin, Berlin, DE (2011); Dexter Dalwood, a major survey show, Tate St Ives, 2010. (FRAC Champagne - Ardenne, Reims, France and CAC Malaga, Spain).


Selected group exhibitions include Painters' Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2016), History Paintings, Tate Britain, London, UK (2015); Absence (Looking for Hammershøj), David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK (2015);  The Venice Syndrome, Gammel Holtegaard, Copenhagen, DK (2014); Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, Ireland (2011).


His works are in the collection of Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum fur Gegenwart (GE), Trevi Flash Museum of Contemporary Art (IT), Tate Gallery (UK), The Saatchi Gallery (UK).