Skip to navigation Skip to main content

Working in the traditional genre of history painting, Dexter Dalwood merges art history and the pop-cultural in imagined scenes such as Jackie Onassis’ yacht, Kurt Cobain’s greenhouse or Mao Tse-Tung's workspace. Dalwood paints from collages he first creates out of printed matter, often appropriating elements from artists like Henri Matisse, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney. His paintings reward close observation, for the event or situation depicted is often reflected in the styles of painting that were developed during the periods referred to in the work.

Dexter Dalwood (b. 1960, Bristol, UK) lives and works in London and Mexico City. Over the past few decades, Dalwood’s work has been shown at prestigious institutions such as Tate (St. Ives, UK); FRAC Champagne-Ardennes (Reims, France) and Museo Nacional del Arte (Mexico City, Mexico) as well as leading galleries such as Lisson (London); Simon Lee (London and Hong Kong) and Gagosian (London, New York and Beverly Hills).

When painting starts to look like painting – the worked surface, time and energy spent – I feel sick, I want to get away from it.

Dexter Dalwood



  • 1990

    Royal College of Art, London, UK

  • 1985

    Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2024

    Lisson Gallery, London, UK

  • 2022

    Esto No Me Pertenece, Centro de las Artes San Agustín, Oaxaca, Mexico

    Sides, De Brock, Knokke, Belgium

  • 2021

    Esto No Me Pertenece, Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), Mexico City, Mexico

    2059, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2019

    What Is Really Happening, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

  • 2017

    Ein Brief, Hubert Winter Gallery, Vienna, Austria

  • 2016

    Propaganda Painting, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2014

    London Paintings, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

  • 2013

    Dexter Dalwood, Kunsthaus, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland

  • 2012

    Orientalism, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2011

    Dichter Und Drogen, Nolan Judin Berlin, Germany

  • 2010

    Dexter Dalwood, CAC Málaga, Spain

    Dexter Dalwood, FRAC Champagne-Ardennes, Reims, France

    Dexter Dalwood, Tate, St. Ives, UK

  • 2009

    Endless Night, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

    There is No Darkness But Ignorance, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2006

    Dexter Dalwood: Recent History, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

  • 2004

    Dexter Dalwood: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2002

    Dexter Dalwood: New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

  • 2000

    Dexter Dalwood: New Paintings, Gagosian, London, UK

  • 1995

    Dexter Dalwood, Galerie Unwahr, Berlin, Germany

  • 1992

    Dexter Dalwood, Clove Building, London, UK

Group Exhibitions

  • 2022

    Grayscale, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2021

    Of Clocks and Clouds, Palfrey, London, UK

  • 2020

    Modern Media Networks: Painting and Mass Media, Tate Modern, London, UK

  • 2018

    Hello World. Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

    A Murmur of History, DE LEÓN, Bath, UK

    The Elephant in the Room: Sculptures of the Marx Collection and of the Collection of the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

    Bacon to Doig, National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales

    History in the Making, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

    Michael Jackson: On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

    Michael Jackson: The Birth of an Icon, Grand Palais, Paris, France.

    Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany, Espoo

    Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

  • 2017

    New Pleasure, Simon Lee Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Age of Terror since 9/11, Imperial War Museum, London, UK

    The Critic as Artist, Sir John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum, Reading, UK

    Melancholia: A Sebald Variation, Somerset House, London, UK

    "Look Me In the Eye Sister", Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain

    The Painting Show, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang AramNuri Arts centre, Goyang, South Korea

    Open Plan, Bath School of Art & Design, Bath, UK

    True Faith, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

    In the Pines – Slight Return, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

    The Painting Show, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

    The Painting Show, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Korea

    Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London UK

  • 2016

    Fragmentos a su imán, Galería Horrach Moya, Palma de Majorca, Spain

    Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    Mon art à moi, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland

    Experience Sonore, Museed’ArtModerne, Troyes, France

    Happy Ending, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

    The Painting show, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania

  • 2015

    Faux Amis, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK

    Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

    Fighting History, Tate Britain, London, UK

    ICA Off-Site: Hong Kongese, Duddel’s presents, Hong Kong, China

    Absence (Looking for Hammershøi), David Risley Gallery, København, Denmark

  • 2014

    New Acquisitions: The Karpidas Foundation gift in memory of Konstantin Karpidas, Whitworth Art Gallery,Manchester, UK

    Painting About Painting, Simmons & Simmons, London, UK

    The Venice Syndrome, Grandeur and Fall in the Art of Venice, GammelHoltegaard, Denmark

    Not Being Attentive I Notice Everything, Robert Walser and the Visual Arts, AargauerKunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

    Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

  • 2013

    Here We Go, Karsten Schubert, London, UK

    Six Unrelated Solo Shows, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Thirteen, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

    Le Corps de l'Absence, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie, Châlons-en-Champagne, France

    Disaster, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

  • 2012

    The Space Between, Gallery Karsten Schubert, London, UK

    Struggle(s), Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium

    Le Serment de Résistance, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

    Setting the Scene, Tate Modern, London, UK

  • 2011

    Dublin Contemporary 2011, Dublin, Ireland

    Sometimes I wish I could disappear, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

    Germany Is Your America, Broadway 1602, New York, NY

    Drawing 2011, The Drawing Room, London, UK

    A Private Collection, Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Backstage Riders, House E, Berlin, Germany

  • 2010

    Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, UK

    Art Foundation Mallorca Collection 2010, CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain

    Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

    Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel

  • 2009

    Rank - Picturing the Social Order 1516-2009, Leeds City Art Gallery, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

  • 2008

    ART Futures 2008, Bloomberg Space, London, UK

    Pop Art: Now and Then, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

    ...same as it ever was, The Arts Gallery - University of The Arts London, London, UK

  • 2007

    Fit to Print: Printed Media in Collage, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Von Bill Viola bisAernoutMik, Hamburger Bahnhof,Berlin, Germany

    POPcentric, Gering &López Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Lights, Camera, Action: Artists Films for the Cinema, Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK

  • 2006

    The Triumph of Painting, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

    ACTION, Galeria Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal

    Reflections, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Painting Codes, GC.AC - Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy

  • 2005

    Rifle Range, Riflemaker, London, UK

    Works on Paper, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

    Contemporary Painting (New Aquisitions), Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

    London Calling, Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway

    Growing Up, Absurd Herbert Read Gallery, Kent, UK

  • 2004

    Galleon and Other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    This Much is Certain, Royal College of Art, London, UK

    Other Times- British Contemporary Art, City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 2003

    Days Like These (Tate Triennial), Tate Britain, London, UK

    My Way Home, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

    Exploring Landscape: Eight Views from Britain, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, USA

  • 2002

    Hollywood is a Verb, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

    Remix, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

    Sydney Bienniale, Sydney, Australia

  • 2001

    View Five: Westworld, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Generator 3, Baluardo di San Regalo, Lucca, Italy

    Arthur C. Rose presents…, Vilma Gold, London, UK

  • 2000

    Twisted: Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, Van Abbe

    Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    Sausages and Frankfurters: Recent British and German Paintings from the

    Ophiuchus Collection, The Hydra Collection, Hydra, Greece

  • 1999

    Neurotic Realism: Part Two, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

    Caught, 303 Gallery, New York, NY, USA

    Young and Serious- Recycled Image, Ernst Museum Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

    Heart and Soul, 60 Long Lane, London, UK. This exhibition travelled to Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA, USA

    Rebecca, Sali Gia, London, UK

    Dirty Realism, Robert Pearre Fine Art, Tuscon, AZ, USA

  • 1998

    Facts and Fictions, In Arco, Turin, Italy

    Die Young, Stay Pretty, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

    Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd, London, UK

    Humdrum, The Trade Apartment, London, UK

  • 1997

    Thoughts, City Racing, London, UK

  • 1996

    Remaking Reality, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK

    Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

  • 1995

    John Moores 19, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

  • 1994

    Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

    Base, Salama-Caro Gallery, London, UK

  • 1993

    Wild, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

    Harris Museum, Preston, UK

  • 1992

    Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Public Collections

  • France

    FRAC Champagne-Ardennes, Reims

  • Germany

    Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin

  • Italy

    Trevi Flash Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi

  • Switzerland

    Centre PasquArt, Biel

  • UK

    Tate Britain, London

    The Saatchi Gallery, London

    The British Council Collection

    Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

    Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

    Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Selected images