Exploring the recurring themes of opposing forces, Dalek's work plays with rigidity and fluidity across multiple planes, creating layered depths of flashing colours, space, and movement.
We are proud to welcome back the artist, Dalek, for his second solo show ‘Buried Beneath the Surface’, at StolenSpace Gallery.
‘Buried Beneath the Surface’ uses test prints as a base to explore the recurring themes of opposing forces, often found throughout Dalek’s artworks. This exhibition plays with rigidity and fluidity across multiple planes, creating layered depths of flashing colours, space, and movement.
In this new body of work, Dalek experiments with a series of his test prints as the foundations for his vibrant explosion of hand-painted geometric shapes, including his iconic ‘Space Monkey’. His intuitive eye for perspective is translated across varying mediums, as he applies paint on top of prints, transforming the initial test concept into a realised original piece. Each layer, material, and composition, creates a unique experience of considered uncertainty, as Dalek allows each element to find it’s own place and meaning in the moment.
Dalek undertook an apprenticeship with renowned artist Takashi Murakami in 2001, and has since developed his own unique style and character of the ‘Space Monkey’, recognisable across the globe. His work incorporates his love of pop culture, the punk scene, and cartoons which come to exist in a pop world of clashing hues. Dalek’s work is complex and layered, with each line and shape evolving into an intricate pattern, inviting the viewer to dive into the depths and explore.