About Dexter Gonzales
The Edward Baden Award for Contemporary Painting
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Typically, my work encapsulates and finds a sense of the uncanny amidst the banal; I do this by a means of ‘visual negotiation’, where the authenticity of the painting is in some way compromised to create an almost staged effect – mise en scène.
aim to stimulate a gut reaction, as well as leaving an infectious undercurrent
of perplexing sense or nonsense, maybe something of nothing simply to provoke a
traction for thought. Irony underpins the overall context and process,
differing in intensity and statures; however avoids engulfing the work
entirely, as sincerity matters within the rules of engagement.
I am drawn towards Morandi’s reductive still-life paintings, and have an affinity with Mitchell Johnson’s dialectic dialogue between abstract and realism.
I hope that my work rests on the fence of 'twee', undecided of its role, as an inscrutable cliché.
I spent last September in Iceland as a resident Artist at Stöðvarfjörður Fish Factory Creative Centre, which has helped me to develop and hone my creative style. I am currently living and working in Berlin, although I hope to join an artist collective in Granada sometime in the early summer.