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Anthony Daley: Son of Rubens

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Abstract Expressionist painter Anthony Daley presents a new body of work, which explores his career-long fascination with the work of 17th century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens was famed for his mastery of colour and texture through the medium of paint. Inspired by the Gallery’s collection, Daley will reveal how the art of the past continues to offer fresh source material. 

Son of Rubens is curated by Lisa Anderson, Managing Director of the Black Cultural Archives.

Daley spoke to In View magazine earlier in the autumn about his longstanding relationship with our collection and his enduring fascination with Rubens' Venus, Mars and Cupid, the work that inspired the Son of Rubens paintings:

“I became attached to that painting, and challenged by it on many levels – politically, psychologically, technically. I was making Abstract Expressionist pictures by then (the 1980s), but seeking to maintain qualities of the Old Masters. That painting spoke to me and said, ‘stop painting figuratively’. I aggressively went more abstract because of that painting.” 
Read the full interview on our blog

About Anthony Daley
Daley came to the UK from Jamaica in 1972, studying at Wimbledon College of Arts in 1982 and Chelsea College of Arts in 1983. Daley was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Painting Fellowship in 1984 and has been the subject of more than 25 solo exhibitions internationally, including exhibitions in London, New York, Los Angeles and Zurich. His work is held by major public institutions including Tate and National Portrait Gallery.

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Unlocking Paintings 

This display is part of the Gallery's new Unlocking Paintings series. Unlocking Paintings is a series of displays that enables people to make personal connections with the paintings at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The series explores new ways to tell the stories of the collection, which are responsive and relevant to contemporary experience. Displays are centred around three key themes: pioneering new research, championing diverse contemporary painters and amplifying local voices within the collection. 

Images: Anthony surrounded by developing ideas for the Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition, 2022. Anthony Daley, Wild at Heart, oil on canvas, 80cm x 80cm, 2018. Photographed by James Marshall © JMinventive (