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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Harper’s Magazine, January, 2002, p. 18 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    With accentuated vantage points and an almost encapsulating perspective, this Dexter Dalwood painting from 1999 is seminal in the artist’s painterly oeuvre. Depicting one of the world’s most best kept secrets, Dalwood has put his imaginative skills to use and recorded his envisioned Camp David interior on canvas. Devoid of the human subject, Dalwood creates a seemingly plain, organised and sophisticated interior. Cleverly painted, Dalwood through the alignment of his painting conveys the illusion of the work consisting of three individual panels, which have been placed next to each other, each depicting something else, allowing the left and right landscape sides to frame the central depiction of Dalwood’s envisaged retreat’s interior. Despite its monumental size, sectioned pictorial content and uncanny painterly quality, Camp David is a strong work with attention to detail. Although a hallowed emblem of national security, Dalwood’s imaginative and painterly interpretation of the this historical place is believable as a virtual space that to our knowledge may or may not exist at all.

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Camp David

1999
Oil on canvas.
198.3 x 335.6 cm. (78 1/8 x 132 1/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘D.Dalwood ‘99’ on the reverse and titled and dated ‘CAMP DAVID 1999’ on the stretcher.

Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm
London