Dale Lewis’s work depict the artist’s real life experiences rendered from memory. Infused with satire and anecdotal references, Lewis’ work presents a collective portrait of urban society from the high street to its fringes: 9-5 jobs, consumerism, multiculturalism, gay culture and class divides. Whilst the unsettling, parodic works inherit their scale and compositional inspiration from canonical art historical painting, Lewis’ lyrical style of painting leaves the works in suspension, underdone rather than overworked. His oeuvre is furnished by a spectrum of contrasting imagery – the collision of ancient with new, abject poverty alongside grotesque displays of wealth, sacrilege taking the place of religious symbolism.
Dale Lewis completed a BA in Fine Art at London Guildhall in 2002, an MFA at Brighton in 2006 and graduated the Turps Studio Programme in 2015. In autumn 2020 Lewis will have a solo exhibition at Block336, London, and his work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Schlossmuseum, Linz. Recent solo exhibitions include Free Range at Nino Mier Gallery, LA (2019); Fat, Sugar, Salt, Edel Assanti, London (2018). He was the recipient of the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellowship, and completed the Zabludowicz Residency in New York City in 2017, and the Arsenal Residency in Montreal in 2018. Lewis’ work features in international collections including the David Roberts Art Foundation, Zabludowicz Collection and the Arsenal. Lewis lives and works in London.