Hugo Dalton spent his childhood in the countryside of Northern England, where he developed an empathy and appreciation of the natural world. He started to record and understand his surroundings through drawing, preferring the visual over written word. This practice defined his early in life and acted as a vehicle to comprehend the unexpected death of his brother. He developed a methodical visual language to capture and explore the world around him with precise minimal marks.
After obtaining a scholarship and he went on to graduate from Goldsmiths University, London, with first class honours in Fine Art and Architectural History. His wall paintings are the manifestation of these early fascinations, each aims to extend the space of its location both physically and conceptually. When painting directly on the wall is not possible he developed a way of projecting his drawings onto surfaces, these have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Today Museum, Beijing.
A key evolution in Dalton’s artistic development occurred when collaborating with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, to create a stage set for Sadlers Wells Theatre: Rather than documenting his physical surroundings he chose to draw the dancers’ movements in space. This change in Dalton’s practice lead to him to pioneering a way of drawing and creating sculptures that record the intangible. For this he has received commissions from the Royal Academy of Arts London, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and to present his process at the Courtauld Institute of Arts, London.