Dexter Dalwood

Dexter Dalwood is an English artist and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010. His paintings are a combination of layering other artists styles, playing perception of the viewer. They have a fragmented look, creating a hybrid of painting.

In Bay of Pigs (pictured below), Dalwood recreates the failed 1961 U.S. attempt to overthrow the Cuban government, a haunting tropical image somewhere between vacation brochure and Apocalypse Now. Along the bottom of the canvas, an upside-down version of Picasso’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe stands in for the foreign shore, while the world is in crisis, Picasso is painting palm trees in Cannes. 19.04.61 is engraved on a nearby rock, stolen from a Picasso painting finished that very day.


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