30 Dec 2010

Artist 56: Dale Wylie

A massive warm welcome to the irrepressible Dale Wylie, Dale is a grafter in all his work and his delicate observational style is testament to this. He has a clever way of isolating the important elements of a scene and serving them up in a stark and open way. His work has a bold, challenging mode of expression that harks back to Russian constructivist work, but is coupled with a 50's chic. Combined this makes for a bold and touching delivery. Its nice when you can savour the expression of a place and present its essence in a new and wide ranging way. He really fleshes out the subjects, as opposed to the trend of compartmentalising and romanticising the north. Dale does these things with a great conscientiousness and shows this by his tendency to flesh out his work with collage and texture. The full package matured through hard work and observation, here on the Rally we are really glad he choose not to go with his "real job"! Another one of a bright NUCA crop, read about him here!

Who are you:
I'm Dale Wylie and I currently reside in Norwich. I am studying illustration at NUCA and I'm in my third year.

What do you do:
I do lots of drawing from life rather than drawing what I think things look like. I think it is important for anyone who draws to actually look. I tend to do lots of sketchbook drawings then sometimes I take the best bits and collage them or I will create a final image with the sketchbook as reference. My favourite media are inks and acrylics but sometimes I use photoshop if it needs it.

How did you start:
I went to art college in Grimsby but didn't like it much so dropped out after a month. After bowing to pressure to get a 'real job' I worked in as a screen printer and butcher. 15 years later I decided I had to pick up where I left off and came to university. 

A Personal statement about you or your work:
I have a huge interest in drawing and painting. I draw lots of reference from old matriarchs particularly fromthe 50's and 60's and I think that is beginning to show in my work. I try and retain the sponteniety and roughness that occurs in my sketchbooks. A big problem is tensing up when it comes to the final image. So I tend to collage from them. I get textures from old books and use them as backgrounds or parts of the image rather than have flat colours.

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