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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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Edel Assanti | Dale Lewis

The Great Day: Storyboards

About the Exhibition

Edel Assanti is pleased to present "The Great Day: Storyboards," an online exhibition of new paintings by Dale Lewis. The presentation is comprised of three large paintings, referred to by Lewis as storyboards serving as preparatory compositions for the artist’s most monumental work to date, a 33 metres long painting that is currently on view at Edel Assanti.

This panoramic work, drawing its ironic title, "The Great Day," from one of Alfred Hitchcock's earliest films, depicts a continuous linear narrative of sequential events in the style of medieval tapestries or ancient hieroglyphs, tracing the artist’s walk to and from his studio in east London on any given day. The individual storyboard paintings presented here are three isolated scenes from this sequence.

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Like all of Lewis’ paintings, their subject matter is drawn from the artist’s lived experiences of his immediate surroundings, rendered in energetic figuration through gestural application of oil paint, in compositions inspired by renaissance and canonical art historical painting traditions. "Time Warp" provides a glance through the window of the neighborhood laundrette. Inspired by Agostino Dei Musi’s "Allegory of Death and Fame," 1518, "Black Jack" depicts the recent fatal stabbing of a young Romanian man that occurred in Stratford. "International Space Station" channels the scene outside a tube station where voices of buskers, addicts and alternating religious/doomsday preachers compete to be heard. Collectively, through references to Brexit, alcoholism, gang violence, isolation, and the banality of day-to-day urban existence, the works submit the viewer to full immersion in the suffocation of London life and its protagonists, inducing concurrent feelings of claustrophobia and isolation. In Lewis’ words, the outcome of “having sex, drugs and alcohol on tap – never treading on a piece of grass, an endless waking nightmare of sirens and screams.”

About the Artist: Dale Lewis

Dale Lewis’ paintings depict the artist’s personal experiences, painted from memory. Lewis’ work reflects on the realities of contemporary urban life, focusing on subjects drawn from the artist’s immediate surroundings in Britain: social immobility, consumerist excess, binge drinking culture, gang violence, bad diet, class divides, family life, faith, and 9-5 jobs. His monumental paintings inherit the scale, compositional, and narrative structures of canonical art historical painting – renaissance and religious scenes in particular – with devices of metamorphosis, transcendence, spirituality, and sexuality serving as mainstays. Lewis completed a BA in Fine Art at London Guildhall in 2002, an MFA at Brighton in 2006, and graduated the Turps Studio Programme in 2015. He was the recipient of the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fel­lowship, and completed the Zabludowicz Residency in New York City in 2017. In spring 2018 he participated at a residency at the Arsenal in Montreal. Lewis’ work features in international collections including the Saatchi Collection, David Roberts Art Foundation, and the Zabludowicz Collection.

Exhibition Artwork

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Dale Lewis
International space station, 2020
200 x 375 cm
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Copyright Dale Lewis, courtesy Edel Assanti.
Dale Lewis
Black Jack, 2020
200 x 375 cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
Copyright Dale Lewis, courtesy Edel Assanti.
Dale Lewis
Time Warp, 2020
200 x 375 cm
oil and acrylic on canvas
Copyright Dale Lewis, courtesy Edel Assanti.