Photo: Pen Dalton in Walthamstow, London

Pen Dalton

Artist, Researcher

I identify with the working-class notion of 'the paint job.” Unlike fine art painting – a good paint job unashamedly reveals painting as an economic activity and sets out to produce a high finish, a pleasing decorative effect, and a meretricious display of technique. My sources are drawn from non-art practices such as nail-art, coach-painting, housepainting, wallpaper, tole painting and card-art.


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Location Walthamstow, London
Activities Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Painting, Research
Tags paint, 'finish', good paint job

News & Events

  • Contemporary British Abstraction

    28/02/2015 – 11/04/2020
    se9 Container Gallery

    35 contemporary painters

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  • Stuff and Nonsense

    20/01/2014 – 01/02/2014
    The Tokarska Gallery, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London

    an exhibition of paintings demonstrating the materiality of paint -in contrast to digitally printed imagery

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  • Paint Jobs by Pen Dalton

    01/06/2015 – 30/06/2015
    The Crypt, St Marylebone Church, Marylebone road, London

    The working class notion of 'the paint job' - unlike fine art - unashamedly reveals painting as an economic activity, displaying high finish, decorative painterly effects and meretricious technique.

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