Artist Jonathan Dalton talks with Maria Stoljar in his studio

Artist Jonathan Dalton talks with Maria Stoljar in his studio


so Jonathan did you did you make this
palette yes yeah I got the piece of glass specially cut but I had this
previous palette that I wasn’t making use of but when I’m painting I’m almost somewhere else mentally and having everything laid out in a precise place saves me so much time because before I just had a mountain of oil paints I had this panel at the back of my old palette – I’m gonna
hook them up and be very diligent about doing so – I never did – and instead I’ve got this pile of oil paints and I’m going through where’s the orange? where’s the red? and I was like – new
studio – I’m gonna build something specific and unmade the old palette and made this one you know this is an old greco-roman scene where the burning incense and there’s that whole ritual so being able to compare these classical figures to these very modern
figures these little plastic people versus this – I
I just love the notion that you’re sort of building on this base of
you know the basis of Western society is a lot of the greco-roman principles so
it works on a lot of levels the painting I think – beautiful colors and also can we
see the figurines that you use? I just go to the hobby shop and get these
little figurines – so there’s a chap who sits on a bench and there’s one of the
immigration guards from the last one and for the show that’s coming up we needed some
miners so we got some miners and I don’t know what I’m going to use this guy for but
it’s a chap with a wheelie bin and you’ve got the over there the little
drug sniffing dog so he’s over in that picture – and this is another work in
progress which is you’ve been working for a few years they should really be
finished already this is gift to my wife
for our wedding and this is a 300 I think it’s about 300 year old
four-poster bed and the big house that she used to babysit in in the local
village so I wanted to do like a wedding portrait for Sarah
sorry it’s not finished yet Sarah – and it’s again that notion of kind of creating a
slightly artificial scene there’s no real bedside tables and the wall’s kind
of nondescript in the back and it’s just someone sitting there posed, contemplating

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