St. Ives

Dexter Dalwood

Tate St. Ives

This midcareer survey of paintings and collages by Dexter Dalwood provides a full picture of his work since 1997 and confirms his reputation as one of the most interesting and engaging painters at work today. The display was curated by Martin Clark (the director of Tate St Ives) and shows the persistence with which Dalwood has pursued the twin themes central to his work: painterly quotation and psychologically charged scenes linked to famous historical figures and events.

Two small paintings near the entrance of the exhibition, both made in 1997, show the dual origins of Dalwood’s work in the high and low of literature and popular culture. Montaigne’s Room shows a bare living space, lightly painted on a white ground; Bridge of the Enterprise is equally minimal, a few shapes and a star-filled window evoking the famous set of Star Trek. The subsequent paintings are larger and more intricately

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