Does Anyone Ever Get This Right, 2013
Acylic on Canvas
Original size: 80 x 80 cm
Photographer: Thomas Heming
Gordon Dalton (b. Middlesbrough, 1970) lives and works in South Wales. His paintings have a melancholic humour that questions their seriousness and intentions. His seemingly offhand approach denies any superficial finesse to reveal a love of awkward imagery, polluted colours and scruffy surfaces. An anxious contradiction is on show, with the work being self conscious of what it is, its possible failings, yet disregarding any angst by replacing it with a certain nonchalance and arrogance. The paintings have an adolescent quality about them, vulnerable, embarrassed and yet full of bravado. The works both attract and repel, daring you to like them, to share in their stuttering, bad grammar. Dalton’s work asks the viewer to look longer and harder at what painting is, and why it continues to fascinate.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Quiet Riots, Bay Art, Cardiff; The Idiot Convention, Motorcade FlashParade, Bristol; We Care A Lot, Chapter, Cardiff; Gorilla Lipstick, Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
Recent group exhibitions include: Change at Crew, The Studio, Llandudno; Painted Thought, Arcade, Cardiff; Without an edge there is no middle, Pluspace, Coventry; Like A Monkey With A Miniature Cymbal, Aid & Abet, Cambridge; Uncle Vern's Dog, Gallery North, Newcastle; National Open, Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol; AreWeNotDrawnOnwardToNewEra?, G39, Cardiff; Panopti(con), Bank Art, Los Angeles, USA; Oh show me your love, Galerie Skuc, Llubjiana, Slovenia; This show is ribbed for your pleasure, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, USA; Flourish, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic; Over & Over, Again & Again, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Among the living, Milton Keynes; ICA, London; MIMA, Middlesbrough; City Gallery, Leicester; Master of the Universe, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff; Spectator T, Art Sheffield; Things we lost in the fire, Transition Gallery, London.