Dale Washington (b. 1962)
Dale Washington, painter, illustrator and assemblage artist with more than 17 years of professional experience, currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He attended Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia College of Chicago, where he earned a BA in Advertising. He won a 2007 Chicago Artist Assistance Program Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and was named the 2003 Artist of the Year by Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center. He is profiled in African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, by Daniel T. Parker. Since 2005 in Chicago, Washington’s solo exhibitions include: Kiss on the Cheek: Portraits by Dale Washington and Sunrise, Hyde Park Art Center; and group exhibitions include: Spirit of Sankofa, Neleh Artistic Expressions; After Qualls, South Side Community Art Center; Art Di Gras, Gallery Guichard; Power of Creation, Francine Turk Gallery; Color and Movement, South Side Community Art Center; Reflections, Framing Mode Gallery; and Art Exhibition, Steele Life Gallery.
My art is based on traditional mediums including drawing and painting everyday people and situations in the urban landscape. My current work reveals nuanced personalities in pen and ink, ballpoint pen, oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. Working in both figurative and abstract styles, I seek to show the essence of a personality in the natural pose of the body, facial expression, dress, and immediate surroundings. I take photos of my subjects and then create multiple quick sketches in ink and different versions of the same subject using different mediums. I also create assemblages using found objects. I believe there is a way of doing things in the right manner, being positive about it, being patient, trusting that the outcome of whatever aspect of what you’re doing will work through to everyone’s advantage. I approach my art in the same way.