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 Honeybee investigates some mandarins

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122cm


Abdul (2018 Archibald finalist painting)

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 141 x 171 cm


Big Bowl

2017 \ Oil on canvas \ 182x213cm



2019 \ Oil on board \ 55 x 60cm


Onions in plastic bag

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 30x30cm


Queen, Grape and Hiding Pawn

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 102 x 132cm

Red Headed Cherries

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 92x87cm


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



2019 \ Oil on board \ 55 x 60cm


When life gives you lemons, et cetera, et cetera

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 86 x 92cm


Without Earth and Sea

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 92 x 87cm


\ News


Congratulations to 2019 Archibald Finalists—Jun Chen, Luke Cornish, Jonathan Dalton and Paul Ryan

2 May 2019

Four Nanda\Hobbs artists have been selected for the 2019 Archibald Prize—Jun Chen, Luke Cornish, Jonathan Dalton, Paul Ryan with Jun Chen and Paul Ryan both doubling up. Jun Chen is also a Wynne Prize finalist and Paul Ryan is in the Sulman Prize.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton

The Immoral Symmetry

21 November — 14 December 2019


Group Exhibition

10 September — 15 September 2019

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

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
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