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Dexter Dalwood was born in Bristol, England in 1960. He received a B.A. from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London in 1985, and an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London in 1990. Dalwoodâ€™s first solo exhibition was held in 1992 at the Clove Building, London.
Dalwood makes paintings of famous places heâ€™s never seen. Offering plausible suggestions of those iconic haunts lingering invisibly in collective consciousness, Dalwood pictures his own documentation of history.
Drawing from his encyclopaedic knowledge of 20th century conspiracy theory, Dexter Dalwood constructs his scenes with forensic accuracy.
McCarthyâ€™s living room, Kurt Cobainâ€™s greenhouse, or Jackie Oâ€™s yacht are depicted with uncanny believability; not as real occupied places, but our media-constructed fantasies of them. Devoid of any bric-a-brac signs of human life, Dexter Dalwood pictures these lairs of rumour with Hello! magazine cleanliness; show homes of glamour, dark theme-park panoramas of gossip tourism.
Dexter Dalwood pieces together each scene with a carefully considered invention, taking into account time, location and political circumstance to devise believable tableaux which reflect the intimate details of public persona and event. Period furniture and interior dĂ©cor, environmental temperament and style of paint application all give clues to his tragicomic interpretation of contemporary myth.
In developing his ideas for paintings, Dexter Dalwood creates miniature collages, virtual interiors cut and pasted from select showpieces lifted from luxury design and travel magazines. Translated into paint, Dalwood retains their awkward collaged appearance, and further pushes their displacement through his appropriated painting style. A landscape is borrowed from Munch and a set of curtains bear a strange resemblance to Richter. Through multi-layering of signifiers, Dexter Dalwood creates a fact-based fiction, entwining the convolution of pop culture with a reverence to art history.
Dexter Dalwood currently lives and works in London, England. The artist has recently been shortlisted as one of the four nominees for the Turner Prize 2010.
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