Gordon Dalton’s paintings have an anxious contradiction, with the work being self-conscious of what it is, its possible failings, yet revel in the celebration of painting, asking the viewer to look longer and harder at what painting is, and why it continues to be curious and fascinating.
His paintings have a real subject (landscape), but the paintings are an invention, full of contrasts and spontaneity. The seemingly offhand approach denies any superficial finesse to reveal a love of awkward imagery, polluted colours and a stuttering bad grammar.
They combine memories of places I have lived, visited or longingly imagined as well as references to significant places and art history.
The paintings are not directly of these paintings or places, but rather an idea of a place and the melancholy of longing and wanting to belong. An unfashionable romanticism grounded in the act of painting.
Gordon Dalton is an artist based in Saltburn, UK. He recently completed an URRA residency in Argentina, with recent shows including MIMA, Middlesbrough; Bank Art; Los Angeles; Del Infinito, Buenos Aires; JirSandel, Copenhagen; Arcade, London; Keith Talent Gallery, London; Newlyn Art Gallery & Exchange, Penzance; CAC, Vilnius; David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen; Bay Art, Cardiff; Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York; Moravian Gallery & Museum, Brno; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Trade Gallery, Nottingham; Conversations in Painting, Darlington; Mission Gallery, Swansea, Contemporary British Painting Prize, Richmond; Beep Painting Prize, Swansea.
He is represented by LLE Gallery.