This week Brighton Journal spoke to Dale George, a local interior designer and stylist who creates custom paintings alongside his various design projects. Dale’s work takes inspiration from geological, oceanic and horticultural influences. Made according to the setting they’ll be displayed in, Dale describes his paintings as a collaboration between himself and the client. We discussed what made Dale become an artist, and his favourite things to do locally.
What are you doing today?
Relaxing after painting a custom commission all day.
Describe where you do most of your creative work.
In my studio at home.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve worked on?
An exhibition in South London and preparing and painting a collection back in June.
What made you decide to become an artist?
I’m an interior designer and stylist and just love colours and fabrics. In this industry it’s often hard to source good art at reasonable prices to fit into a scheme. I reignited my artistic skills as I could see a gap in the market for good quality abstract work that can be adapted and customised. I know how colours work together and have a very good eye for balance and style. It seems my concept has been welcome very well so far as private commissions are starting to flood in after marketing myself and sharing my concept.
What are you currently working on?
A large private commission 150cm x 100cm for an interior designer in London.
What are the key themes in your work?
My work can vary quite a lot and I’m always trying new techniques and mediums. Sometimes it results in compete failure, however I enjoy the continued learning process with my art. All my work is geological, oceanic and horticulturally inspired. My signature colours tend to be pearlescent blues, golds greys and neutrals. These colours work so well together on canvas. I enjoy going out of my comfort style and experimenting. All of my work is finished with a non-toxic epoxy resin top coat. This brings my work alive and makes the pigments and colours pop.
What would you like people to notice about your work?
That my work is completely customised to suit them and the setting it will be hung in. It will be a collaboration between the client and me.
What attracts you to the medium you work in?
The fluidity of acrylic and the adaptability of this medium.
What equipment could you not do without?
I have two mini USB fans which speed up the drying process with out affecting the paint, allowing me to get more work done. Also, I couldn’t work without my lovely British blue cat ‘Parker’ who keeps me company while working.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the world. I’ve travelled all over the world and the vista looking out the aircraft is mesmerising, whether it be the Grand Canyon, Sahara dessert, Greenland or even coastal plane journeys. The depth of interest and colours excite me and I love translating this onto canvas or locking theses images in my mind for future pieces. Something as little as a stone can inspire me. The small details and colour combinations set off my creativity.
How is your work affected by living in this area?
If anything, living by the sea inspires me incredibly. I live right by the seafront and the changing colour of the sea is always welcome. Even the stones change colour through the seasons. Brighton is also a hub of art and am so lucky to be able to see all the creativity of local artists.
What’s your favourite thing to do locally?
As I’m in my 40’s now I’m not a big drinker and my party days are over. I’m more for eating out with friends, walking around Brighton and Hove enjoying the interior shops and galleries.
What’s your favourite gallery (or place to see/experience art)?
I don’t have a particular place locally. I enjoy visiting and viewing the majority. There’s a lovely gallery in Lewes called ‘Chalk’ – a small intimate gallery with a great collection of works. I love the big galleries such as the Tate and the Louvre, as well as the Guggenheim when I’m in NYC.
If you could collaborate with one artist, from any time, who would it be and why?
Jackson Pollock. His work is amazing and he always inspired me from an early age. I love the subjectivity with his work.
What’s your favourite colour?
To find out more about Dale and his work, check out his website and social media: