Conspicuously drawing from a wide range of personal interests which include art history, modern politics, literature, music and lived experience Dalwood paints works that act almost as diorama’s or stage sets for an action which we will not see performed. Introducing elements of collage to the canvas his works create a jolt in the viewer, balanced as they are in a space between the decorative and conceptual and the private and public. The peculiar sense of otherworldliness that the canvases invoke is heightened by the fact that Dalwood paints in a style related to the time at which the action or event alluded to in the image took place. This action heightens the sense of historical importance of events that might otherwise be considered of niche interest; the death of banker Roberto Calvi or the OJ Simpson trial, locating them within the context of art history.
Selected solo exhibitions: Dexter Dalwood, Kunsthaus, Centre d’art PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (2013) Orientalism, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012) Dichter Und Drogen, Nolan Judith, Berlin, Germany (2011) Dexter Dalwood, Tate, St. Ives, UK (2010) Endless Night, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California (2009) Represented by Simon Lee, London.