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Dylan Lisle
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Dylan Lisle Fine Art

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College / University
Gray's School Of Art, Aberdeen
Program / Degree
Fine Art
May 1, 2000
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
I am...
A figurative painter. Female Nudes.
About my artwork
The academic or technical aspects of painting and drawing have always fascinated me. I have striven to challenge myself creatively by utilising methods and processes pioneered by masters such as Caravaggio and Zurburan. Techniques such as monochromatic underpainting, velatura, glazing and dry brush are modified to found working processes particular to each focus. The process of learning and the acquisition of knowledge in these areas is a fervent motivation. Each painting could be understood as an exercise in the mastery of technique.

With the aid of life models I am able to explore my interests in anatomy. The poses are normally based around particular physical dynamics such has the torsion of a body, the tension in a muscle group or the weight of a limb. I attempt to deconstruct the inherent characteristics of a subject in order to represent them accurately and convincingly.

The style of this work stems from my long held admiration of Baroque and Classical art. The strong chiaroscuro lighting of Caravaggio and the tactile dynamics of Titian’s drapery have been of great influence to me. I have borrowed elements of these styles and married them with unusual and challenging poses more reminiscent of contemporary work. The juxtaposition of these contrasting approaches hopefully culminates in something that, whilst remaining progressive, pays homage to the fading notion of painting as a skilful craft.

Dylan John Lisle

BA Honours Fine Art – Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Artists – City Gallery, Aberdeen
R.S.A Show – Edinburgh
Degree Show – Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
The Knock Gallery – Crathie, Aberdeenshire
The Queens Road Gallery – Aberdeen
The Strathearn Gallery - Crieff, Perthshire
The Leith Gallery - Edinburgh
The Torrance Gallery - Edinburgh
Art Expo – Jacob Javits Centre, New York
Aberdeen Artists – City Gallery, Aberdeen
Solo Show – The Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen
The Knock Gallery – Crathie, Aberdeenshire
Ex Gray’s – City Gallery, Aberdeen

The Leith Gallery - Edinburgh
The knock Gallery - Crathie, Aberdeenshire
The Leith gallery, Edinburgh
The Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Artists – City Gallery. Aberdeen
The Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen
The Knock Gallery – Crathie, Aberdeenshire

The Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen

Solo Show - The Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen
Solo show – The Carby Gallery, Aberdeen
Edinburgh Art Fair
Solo Show – The Carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen
NEAPS – Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen
Summer Show – The carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Featured Artist - Art Company Scotland
Tallentyre Gallery – Morpeth

Solo Show – The Carby Gallery – Aberdeen
Art Company Scotland – Glasgow
Solo Show – Gallery 27- Cork Street, London
Edinburgh Art fair

Two Man Show – Medici Gallery – London
Eton Contemporary Fine Arts – Eton
The Carby Gallery – Aberdeen
The Tracey McNee Gallery – Glasgow

Solo Show - Medici Gallery - London
The Fraser Gallery - St Andrews
UnionGallery - Edinburgh
Artists I like
Caravaggio, Titian, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Sargent, Ingres
Art, Photography, music and dogs

What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Any of mine
Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, LA, my studio, online, nowhere and everywhere, another city

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At 21:23 on March 10, 2010, Janet Gathier-Coomber said…
Spiritual descendant of Caravaggio ..
.. I feel if I start making sentences about the pictures I've just looked at, they will just sound futile..
........ I loved them ..OK?
At 0:01 on August 13, 2009, Chris Baker said…
Fabulous work Dylan, wonderful compositionally, and fully appreciate the sensitivity of your Caravaggio-esque technique :) Excellent!
At 20:17 on August 8, 2009, JoAnna said…
,..amazing talent, wonderful work. Jo
At 22:40 on August 7, 2009, Justin Orde said…
Word up holmes! Your paintings look good on the gallery slide show - this is not a bad site eh?
At 19:50 on August 5, 2009, Mik Godley said…
A great blog you've got going there - I too was a follower of the baroque - it was my way of learning how to paint, as I left art school having learnt nothing practical at all - apart from from other students. I've since made it a mission of mine to teach students at least something of the basics, knowing that none of them will get anything like that further down the line.
Maybe things are different at Gray's?


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