Stuart's selection for the artist of the week coincides with his work 'Dancerama' being auctioned at Christie's on March 13th 2006 for Cancer Research UK's Art for Life event.
Stuart Dalzell's clear and honest approach to painting encourages the same if not a similar response from the viewer. He firmly believes that any 'good painting' should stimulate an emotional response rather than an intellectual one and in turn hopes to encourage the viewer to rely solely on their instincts. In this way, Stuart hopes to promote an absolute response. 'Love them or hate them, there is little middle ground'.
Describing his working process as that as, "similar to the experience of playing with a kaleidoscope". Adding, "I try different colours, compositions, etc and eventually through trail and error work out the final image."
Born in 1958 into a working class family in the East End of London, Stuart Dalzell's childhood years have been enormously influential on his artistic career and visual development. Stuart's father was a well-known East End character renowned for his successful Painting and Decorating Business. His mother, an equally strong character was a Glaswegian woman known for her kindness yet eccentric personality. Both parents in their own unique way encouraged and fostered Stuart Dalzell's natural instinct to paint and draw from a very early age.
Most artists spend years searching for a medium that suits and matches their own artistic aesthetic, expression and development. Indeed some artists spend their whole artistic career experimenting with different materials in the hope that they may successfully find the one, or a combination, that adequately reflect their artistic ideas, concepts and concerns.
Stuart grew up surrounded by his father's decorating tools, brushes and paint. Growing up with easy access to large quantities of domestic, household paint, large-scale brushes and decorator's applicators, heavily influenced him and like a child in a Candy shop Stuart quickly gained the ability to recognise and identify his own favourite flavours and tastes. From an incredibly early age, Stuart began complex visual experimentation using household paint and brushes with which to express his feelings and emotions. Subconsciously nurturing his energetic and creative style and visual vocabulary, while simultaneously cultivating a life long passion for his medium.
For many years, however, Stuart Dalzell kept his painting private and did little to encourage his own secret artistic career aspirations. His early lack of self-assurance and confidence to publicly show his work provided him with the time and freedom to establish and develop a mature artistic style and a strong body of work away from the pressure of prying eyes. This period of creation has lead to some describing him as the 'Garage' artist, as most of his earlier works were created in this private environment, using materials one would find there, household gloss, emulsion and enamel spray paints.
For Stuart Dalzell being well in his forties before his first solo exhibition in 2000 was to prove to work positively in his favour. Stuart's growing confidence and belief in his work and his career was again confirmed when in 2001 he had his first sell out solo exhibition in London. Since then, he has presented both group and solo exhibitions to phenomenal acclaim. His last solo exhibition 'URBAN' proved to be an enormous success, attracting critical acclaim both in the UK and abroad. In fact, it led to his work being included in the international 'Haskell' collection. A private collection based in America, which comprises of three hundred carefully, selected international art works. In March 2003, one of Stuart's paintings went under auction at Cancer Research UK's prestigious Art for Life event, held at Christie's, London.
To view Stuart's general exhibition pages, please click here