Dale Lewis celebrates day-to-day moments with humorous connotations.
We visited artist Dale Lewis’s studio, where his painting odes to everyday life are born. The British artist’s studio is an elongated room based in the east end of London, where the amount of Adidas jumpers or McCafe cups laying around the space are as visible as the number of paint tubes. Mostly known for his horizontal-sized works, his canvases seem to adapt in a way that couldn’t be more effective within the rectangular shape of his studio space. Tackling British-culture with high-art sensibilities, Dale’s work is focused entirely on painting. His art can be seen at the Saatchi Gallery or at David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) amongst other institutions. As the artist shows us around, he unveils us a reference book laying on the floor: a classical Renaissance Dürer publication. The artists reveals how he uses Classical references and overlays his feelings onto them to create his compositions. Furthermore, he spontaneously writes down on the walls of his studio past memories which he will possibly use as future titles for his works. A table in the corner is inhabited by quick sketchbooks the artist makes when finding spare time. Additionally, we pause in front of a scrappy wall reflecting a couple smoking whilst holding their babies, or a man being dragged by a human-animal hybrid, with hints of religious implications. Interestingly, the artist paints on linen attached to the wall which he then fixes to become a canvas. Violent marks surround the paintings, where lines of colour seem to escape the canvas and start surrounding the wall. Although the artists produces works in a fairly quick pace and travels constantly, one theme is near-constant: mainstream moments.