“Drawing is the starting point for all my work, it has a minimalism of means yet permits all possibilities. Drawing facilitates an exchange with the world that is direct and open. From this exchange I make works which offer the viewer a fixed point within the free-flowing narrative of life.
The physical parameters of observational drawing, primarily one of time, require urgency and intense focus, the resulting marks are a record contemporary existence. The pursuit of observed forms is a search for meaning.
The rational for making site-specific work comes from a desire to conceptually extend the terrain of the drawings. Through finding a location for a drawing it is given voice. The process of creating a wallpainting, a lightdrawing or sculpture is considered and deliberate in contrast to the speed and automation of the original drawing. The ongoing conversation between the internal movement of the drawing and the architectural envelop is a creative dialogue which should critically extend each to form a new wholeness.
The works here represent the first decade since graduation, which I look forward to developing greatly upon. I am indebted to all those who have supported this expedition from curators, gallerists, photographers, assistants, fabricators and most of all to those who have commissioned work for their leap of faith.” Hugo Dalton 2018
Hugo Dalton is a British artist working in London. He studied Art & Art History at Goldsmiths College (1st Class hons). On graduation his work was acquired collector David Roberts (DRAF), the Rothschild family and art patron Kay Saatchi. During this time he worked for the art dealer Anthony D’Offay and designer Christina Kim in Los Angeles.
Dalton’s first solo show was at the Fine Art Society, Bond St. London curated by Toby Clarke. The first major commission was in 2008 for Derwent London since then he has worked the company on a number of commissions and collaborated with a range architectural practices, most recently for Derwent London’s new headquarters 25 Savile Row.
His Wallpaintings have been installed in museums, public spaces and private residencies worldwide including The Museum of Musical Instruments, London, the entrance of the Royal Albert Hall, London and over an entire floor of the Tiffany&Co. Flagship Champs Elysees, Paris. In a contrast to these permanent works Dalton’s Lightdrawing installations have transformed well know spaces such as the Today Museum Beijing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and at Sadler’s Wells London, where he collaborated with the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to create a stage set. In 2016 he was commissioned by the Savanah College of Art and Design to make an installation spanning the town of Lacoste, France.
Dalton’s most recent works include an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. A bronze sculpture for the Atlanta Falcon’s Stadium, Atlanta, a thirty-two-meter-high wallpainting for new headquarters of Schroders, London and a new collaboration with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Critic Edward Lucie-Smith termed Dalton’s work “…. a rebellion towards elegance”.
- 2018 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
- 2016 SCAD, Lacoste, France
- 2015 Museum of Musical Instruments, RCM London
- Great Exhibitionists, Britten Theatre, London
- 2014 By the Light of the Moon, Slowtrack Gallery, Madrid
- Invasive Species, Joyce Gallery, Beijing
- 2013 Mother Nature, Bow Arts Trust, London
- 2012 Hugo Dalton, Today Art Museum, Beijing
- 2010 Livedrawings, Sadler's Wells, London
- Livedrawings, New York City Center, New York
- 2008 Lightdrawings, Fine Art Society, London
- 2006 Still Life, Saatchi Studio, London
Select Group Exhibitions
- 2018 Royal Academy of Arts/Walmer Yard
- 2017 Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge
- 2016 House of the Nobleman, London
- Collisions Festival, London School of Speech and Drama
- 2015 Selfridges
- Themes and Variations, London
- 2014 Stations of the Cross, Marylebone Parish Church
- Art14, Kensington Olympia
- 2012 Slowtrack Gallery, Madrid
- 2010 Polemically Small, Charlie Smith Gallery
- The Future Can Wait, Bloomsbury
- 2009 British Art Now, KCC Lithuania
- British Art Now, Gallerie Werkstatte, Berlin
- Am Art, Shanghai
- 2008 Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
- New York City Center, New York
- 2006 Fine Art Society White Out
- 2005 Monochromed, Fine Art Society
- 2004 Experimental Spaces, Museum of Hastings
- David Roberts Foundation
- Simon Silver Collection
- Mirabeau Ce, Geneva
- Ng Lu Pat Collection
- Kay Saatchi Collection
- Redfern Gallery, London
- Today Museum, Beijing
- Royal College of Music
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- Tresco Abbey, Cornwall
- University of Arts London
- Regent House/Native Land, London
- Schroders, London
- Falcons Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- Savile Row Derwent London
- Tiffany & Co. Florence
- Royal Albert Hall, London
- Champs Elysees Paris, Tiffany & Co.
- Keswick House, Hong Kong
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Swire Properties
- BFAMI, Christie’s London
- Soho House Group
- Royal Horticultural Society
- China World Center, Beijing
- Sadler's Wells, London
- Red Mansion Foundation
- The Roundhouse, London
- Barneys New York, New York
- Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
- Rothschild House
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Liberty of London