Dale Lewis’ monumental paintings 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, class divides, drug addiction and hooligan violence. 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.
Lewis completed a BA in Fine Art at London Guildhall in 2002, and a MFA at Brighton in 2006. He was the recipient of the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellowship, and his work is included in international collections including the Saatchi Collection, David Roberts Art Foundation and the Zabludowicz Collection. Lewis will open his second solo exhibition at Edel Assanti in January 2018.