Dexter Dalwood: Propaganda Painting
Hong Kong 22 March - 22 May 2016
Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by London-based artist Dexter Dalwood, his second exhibition with the gallery and first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. This new series further develops Dalwood’s ongoing investigation into the role of images and painting in the construction of history. The context of China has provided him with a rich history to draw upon in order to make wider cultural, economic and political associations and provocations in this new body of paintings. Ghosts of painters, political figures and events that have shaped history haunt these paintings; Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, Chairman Mao’s infamous swim in the River Yangtze and the Greek national debt crisis are layered with references to iconic, historical paintings and artists from the 20th Century. Fake sunsets, post-punk album covers, propaganda posters, African sculptures and tourist memorabilia adjoin seemingly familiar sections of abstract and figurative...