Dale Grimshaw’s theme was Globalisation – mainly it’s effect on indigenous people. "I work under the title of ‘2 Worlds’ and used to use more opposing cultural images from across the globe. Now the pieces are a little simplified with usually a main figure with a rich baroque wallpaper background of gold and red. I like the regal feel of this colour combination, implying the people in the paintings are kings & queens in their own right" Dale says.
The gold also references the goldmine in West Papua which is the biggest in the world. A lot of the images he uses are from Papua New Guinea but in the west of the Island they like to be referred to as West Papua. However the West are illegally occupied by Indonesia & are brutally tortured, raped & imprisoned on a monthly basis for even the mildest form of peaceful protest.
Born in Lancashire, in the North of England, Dale’s work is boldly figurative and is inspired by his strongly held humanitarian beliefs. However this political message is always achieved by an emphasis on powerful direct emotions and a deep empathy for his subjects.
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