Grass Forms

This work was developed from drawings Dalton made of long grasses in nearby Hyde Park. Walking through the meadow area, the tall grasses engulf you, forming a screen or a shroud that creates a pocket of calm. The gentle swaying movement of the stems is captured in the undulating lines carved into the stone; their slight and graceful movement is rendered solid, amplified on a monumental scale.  The carved contours evoke the drapery of classical sculpture, here pushed towards an abstraction that renders the work contemporary.


Thirsk Hall

The Light drawing projected onto Thirsk Hall is from a series of studies made by the artist of wheat shoots growing in the controlled environment glasshouses at the Rothamsted Research.

Light Drawings

Concession House, Hong Kong

Dalton's first commissioned work was to create a work for Kay Saatchi, since then he has gone on to paint works in private homes worldwide. The aim of each work is to create a sense of place: A fixed point in the free flowing narrative of life.

Wall Paintings


All of Hugo Dalton’s works find their origins in drawing from life. Working with pencil on paper he looks to capture the energy in any given situation allowing it to take on new life; he seeks to anchor and find visual form for the intangible. Clarity of both intention and articulation emerges through process and in his practice Dalton’s works on paper have evolved into light drawings, wall paintings and sculptures.

About Hugo

Harmonic Form

This cast bronze sculpture was developed from a series of drawings made during a collaboration with musicians at the Royal College of Music, London. The aim was to convey, in physical form, the intangible experience of listening to music.


Rothamsted Research collaboration

Artist Hugo Dalton has collaborated with the world leading Rothamsted Research an agricultural laboratory in Hertfordshire for eight years. Following an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam museum, Cambridge he has been developing the collaboration to create a series of artworks designed to be placed in secondary schools around the UK.

Rothamsted website

Branching Form, National Gallery London

Light installation which responded to the two paintings in the Octagonal gallery, by Claude and JMW Turner. Each depicts the rise of Empires of classical age and by extension their fall. This resonated with Dalton's recent drawings of the Euston Trees which were cut down to make way for a train station. The projected linear drawings distort over the Neo classical architecture of the gallery becoming like cracks in the masonry.

Light Drawings