Home Fires 14: Dale Lewis

3 - 17 September 2021

  • In Home Fires 14, Dale Lewis discusses the research and production behind his forthcoming show No Place Like Home with Jane Hayes Greenwood, Director of Block336.

     

    No Place Like Home responds to Lewis' experience of Covid-19. Depicting a host of characters from London’s lesser and well-known gay and LGBTQ+ scenes, from the Royal Vauxhall Tavern to Wanstead Flats, these new paintings reflect on how social distancing and enforced segregation impacts on the shared experiences of intimacy, pleasure, solidarity and loss.

     

    Made throughout 2020 and 2021 the works represent a singular vision of the artist’s life in and out of lockdown and highlight his experience of the intense isolation, tragedy and absurdity of Covid’s cruel consequences. Breaking away from the transcription of art historical compositions, a device that has characterised much of his practice to date, many of these new works respond directly and with brutal honesty to a real spectacle he has witnessed or an actual event that has taken place.

     

    Read the full press release here.

  • Dale Lewis, Royal Vauxhall Tavern / Last Hoorah, 2021

    Dale Lewis

    Royal Vauxhall Tavern / Last Hoorah, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    200 x 375 cm
    78 3/4 x 147 5/8 in.
  • Dale Lewis, Maypole, 2021

    Dale Lewis

    Maypole, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    200 x 170 cm
    78 3/4 x 66 7/8 in.
  • Dale Lewis, No Place Like Home, 2021

    Dale Lewis

    No Place Like Home, 2021 Oil and acrylic on canvas
    200 x 375 cm
    78 3/4 x 147 5/8 in.
  • In the Studio

  • Dale Lewis completed a BA in Fine Art at London Guildhall in 2002, an MFA at Brighton in 2006 and graduated the Turps Studio Programme in 2015. Lewis' solo exhibition The Great Day is currently open at Edel Assanti, consisting of the artist's largest work to date, a 33 metre painting stretching across the gallery's perimeter. In autumn 2020 Lewis will have a solo exhibition at Block336, London, and his work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Schlossmuseum, Linz. Lewis was the recipient of the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellowship, and completed the Zabludowicz Residency in New York City in 2017 and the Arsenal Residency in Montreal in 2018. Lewis’ work features in international collections including the David Roberts Art Foundation, Zabludowicz Collection and the Arsenal. Lewis lives and works in London.

  • "I think one thing is, we have all been on our own this year, but we can also find ourselves quite alone and isolated in times

    where we feel like we should be part of something bigger, or part of a crowd."

     

    - Dale Lewis