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Anthony Daley: Son of Rubens

Abstract Expressionist painter Anthony Daley will present 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. 

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.  

This display is part of the Gallery's new Unlocking Paintings series, which presents new perspectives on the Gallery's collection.

Unlocking Paintings 

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 (