Dalton Brown (b. 1951)
Dalton Brown received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1974. He entered Southern Illinois University’s Graduate Program in 1976. That year, he became an artist in residence at local school district 189 in East St. Louis, Illinois. After receiving a number of prestigious awards and commissions, his residency was extended to St. Louis, Missouri.
It all started when I was very young; my uncle, who influenced my style, said to me, “Most artists can paint, but rarely can you find one that can see/feel.” As I thought about that statement, I realized that there was a breadth of knowledge in his comment, that mastering the ability to communicate both visually and with feeling is essential. From this realization, my career as an artist was conceived. Through my paintings my experiences are morphed into compositions full of vibrant color and movement. Whether painting or sculpting, my hands shape, bend and blend those images with simple clarity. This invites my audience to have a fresh, tolerant and optimistic viewpoint of my work. I call my method of painting Rhythmism, and I am one of the primary architects of the Rhythmism movement, which developed in Chicago. Rhythmism maps out a visual path of an object’s intent, origin or final destination. It is designed to help the viewer to appreciate much of what is present and unseen.