Photo: Pen Dalton in Walthamstow, London

Pen Dalton

Artist, Writer, Critic, Researcher

These paintings identify with the working-class notion of 'the paint job.”  A good paint job offers value for money and unashamedly reveals painting as an economic activity. It sets out to produce a high finish, a pleasing decorative effect, and a meretricious display of technique. Sources are drawn from painting practices such as nail-art, coach-painting, housepainting, wallpaper, tole painting and card-art. Any surplus aesthetic value is fortuitous. 


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

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  • Contemporary British Abstraction

    28/02/2015 – 11/04/2015
    SE9 Container Gallery

    a group show including thirty-five artists all working in the United Kingdom. Selected by artists Matthew Macaulay and Terry Greene,

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  • Pen Dalton. Paint Jobs

    t Marylebone church crypt, London

    This show exhibits paintings identified with the working-class notion of 'the paint job"

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