Jonathan Dalton

Born 1977
Lives and works in Sydney

Artist's CV

Represented by nanda\hobbs

Dark, tinted scenes hint at an unfolding and curious story that the viewer has to imagine from the characters and their ambiguous surroundings.

Jonathan Dalton was born in 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. He studied philosophy at University College Dublin, then opened a photography studio before moving to full-time painting. He has also lived in San Francisco, London and Granada, Spain.

Dalton’s work is concerned with the delicate observation of nuanced drama and subtle symbolism. Each piece is an expression of a charged moment—often ambiguous, frequently troubling, always refusing to submit to closure. The outcome is layer after layer of paint, deftly and meticulously applied, creating an image with depth and theatricality that elevate it beyond a photorealist frame of reference.

\ Artworks

A Horse Contemplates the Absence of an Ill Fitting Saddle

2016 \ Diptych, 50x70cm each panel


Abdul (2018 Archibald finalist painting)

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 141 x 171 cm


Beauty Imperfect 10

2017 \ Oil on board \ 55x60cm


Big Bowl

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 182x213cm


On the Recognition of Fear

2015 \ Oil on board \ 55x60cm

Onions in plastic bag

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 30x30cm


The Absence of Now

Oil on canvas \ 91x122cm


The Implied Escalation to Violence

2016 \ Oil on canvas \ 91 x 120cm


Two Crows Discuss the Merits of Equine Control

2016 \ Oil on board \ 50 x 70cm


\ News

NH Event

Visit Nanda\Hobbs at Sydney Contemporary Stand D05

30 August 2018

Nanda\Hobbs is exhibiting four outstanding artists at Sydney Contemporary, 13-16 September at Carriageworks...Giles Alexander, Jonathan Dalton, Dianne Gall and Stuart McLachlan. Visit us at Stand D05.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Jonathan Dalton

Summer Show

Group Exhibition

5 December — 22 December 2018

Sydney Contemporary Stand D05

Giles Alexander, Dianne Gall, Jonathan Dalton & Stuart McLachlan

13 September — 16 September 2018

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

Jonathan Dalton

A Beauty Imperfect

13 March — 24 March 2017

Jonathan Dalton

The Remnants of a Migrant's Tale

23 June — 8 July 2016

Brave New World

Group Exhibition

18 August — 28 August 2015

Contact Us

to find out more about Jonathan Dalton.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday Christmas dates: Please note the gallery will be closed from 4pm on Saturday 22 December. We reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.