Dexter Dalwood (British, b.1960) was born in Bristol, England, and attended the Humphry Davy School. Before becoming an artist, he performed in a punk rock band but maintained an interest in art. He earned a BA from London's Central Saint Martins College of Art in 1985, and he studied in the MA program at the Royal College of Art in London from 1988 to 1990. In 1992, his first solo exhibition took place at the Clove Building in London. Dalwood creates large collages with images from famous art pieces, photographs, and pictures from magazines. One of his pieces, titled Kurt Cobain’s Greenhouse, features the skyline of Seattle and images of trees and flowers clipped from published works. An empty chair is prominently featured, and a guitar leans against the wall. Dalwood primarily works with paper, ink, and paint.

The artist employs screen-printing techniques and works with oil on canvas. He is inspired by the work of other artists, including Pablo Picasso and John Everett Millais. He has included images from their paintings in his own work. Bay of Pigs features a portion of Picasso’s Le déjeuner sur l'herbe flipped upside down. The piece is a collage with painted elements; it includes pictures of trees and tropical images. Dalwood plans his work in advance and tries not to overwork his paintings. He is known for his collages; in an interview, Dalwood said "The collages are more important than just getting the composition. The collages are where the literal tearing up goes on." Dalwood’s The Deluge, which is both an oil painting and a collage, has an eerie feel, and features a house and boat in a rain storm.

Dalwood’s work has been shown at many galleries, including the Tate Saint Ives in Cornwall, and the Saatchi Gallery in London. In 1998, his pieces were part of the critically acclaimed show Die Young, Stay Pretty at the ICA in London. In 2010, he was nominated for the Turner Prize. Dalwood lives and works in London.

Timeline

1960
Born in Bristol, UK
1981–1985
BA, Central Saint Martins School of Art, London
1988–1990
MA, Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
2010–2011
Turner Prize 10, Tate Britain, London (October 5, 2010–January 3, 2011)
Lives and works in London

Exhibitions

2010
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2010
Dexter Dalwood, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Malaga, Spain (solo)
2010
Dexter Dalwood, FRAC Champagne Ardennes, Reims, France (solo)
2010
Dexter Dalwood, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK (solo)
2009
Dexter Dalwood: Endless Night, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA (solo)
2009
Dexter Dalwood, There is no Darkness but Ignorance, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2009
Rank’ Picturing the social order 1516-2009, Leeds City Art Gallery, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
2008
ARTfutures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
2007
Design For Living, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton
2007
Lights, Camera, Action: Artists’ Films for the Cinema, Whitney Museum, New York, USA
2007
POP Centric (curated by Michael Bevilacqua & Sandra Gering), Gering & López Gallery, New York
2007
Fit To Print: Printed Media In Collage, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2007
Dexter Dalwood: Recent History, Gagosian Gallery, London (Britannia) (solo)
2006
The Triumph of Painting: Saatchi Collection Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
2006
Action, Mário Sequeira Gallery, Braga, Portugal
2005
Works on Paper, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA
2005
Contemporary Painting, Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, USA
2004
Galleon and Other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, County Hall, London, UK
2004
Dexter Dalwood, Gagosian Gallery, New York (Chelsea) (solo)
2003
Exploring Landscape: Eight Views from Britain, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA
2003
Days Like These (curated by Judith Nesbitt), Tate Britain, London, UK
2002
Remix, Tate Liverpool, England, UK
2002
Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia
2002
Hollywood is a Verb, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
2002
Dexter Dalwood: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA (solo)
2001
Generator 3, Baluardo di San Regalo, Lucca, Italy
2001
Arthur C. Rose presents… Vilma Gold, London, UK
2001
View Five: Westworld, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
2000
Sausages and Frankfurters: Recent British and German Paintings from the Ophiuchus Collection, The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece
2000
Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2000
Dexter Dalwood: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1999
Dirty Realism, Robert Pearre Fine Art, Tuscon, AZ.
1999
Rebecca, Sali Gia, London, UK
1999
Heart and Soul, 60 Long Lane, London & Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA, USA
1999
Young and Serious-Recycled Image, Ernst Museum Budapest, Hungary
1999
Caught, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
1999
Neurotic Realism: Part Two, Saatchi Gallery, London, Uk
1998
Die Young Stay Pretty, ICA, London, UK
1998
Facts and Fictions, In Arco, Turin, Italy
1998
Humdrum, The Trade Apartment, London, UK
1998
Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd, London, UK
1997
Thoughts, City Racing, London, UK
1996
Whitechapel Open, London, UK
1996
Remaking Reality, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, England
1995
John Moores 19 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
1995
Galerie Unwahr, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1994
Base, at Salama-Caro Gallery, London, UK
1994
Whitechapel Open, London, UK
1993
Wild, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England; Harris Museum, Preston, England
1992
Whitechapel Open, London, UK
1992
Clove Building, London, UK (solo)