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Dylan Cotton, BA (Born 1969) is an English painter currently working from his studio in North Cornwall, UK

My practice makes good use of technology at almost every stage, it’s a great tool for the augmentation of my creative output. This is a collaboration that brings a randomness and a level of complexity I’d unlikely to be able to achieve without the technology. Much of my current research is centred around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the role it can have in art. I think it’s early days, but the technology looks like it will help artists deliver extraordinary new inspirations and methods of expression.

I paint mainly with acrylics and oils on canvas, embracing excess with large high-colour maximalist images. I draw energy from the human achievements I see now and those I envisage for the future. I describe my work as an ungoverned composite of influences with a glow of Neo-Futurism edging into the foreground. I am not a political/social artist but I’m drawn to the idea of the future and our safe transition into it.

Rated Artists

Mario Klingemann, Sean Skully, Anna Ridler, Wassily Kandinsky, Howard Hodgkin, Zaha Hadid, Mark Rothko, Vicken Parsons, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Paul Nash, JMW Turner, Paul Cezanne, Will Cotton, Basil Blackshaw

Artistic Style

Abstract, influenced by Cubism and Surrealism, with more than a hint of futurism ever-present. Architecture and place also play an essential role in augmenting narrative and aesthetic substance.

Higher Education

Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University.

Degree Gained: Plymouth University Fine Art BA (Hons)

Short Biography

1969

Born in Devon, England

Grows up in a tough working-class area of Plymouth, Southern England. Influenced by the paintings he sees in the city museums and civic buildings, the 8-year-old schoolboy wants to become an artist.

1985 - 1990

Left school at 15 years with 4 CSE's and one notable qualification, a GCSE Art 'A'

Worked as a sign writer and commercial artist, applying marble paint effects in new-build shopping centres and public spaces. Produced many of his early seascape canvases.

1990 - 1996

Became interested in computers, graphics and related early software. Studied intensely.

1996 - 2004

Co-Founder & Artistic Director at Gamescape Studios LTD

Ground breaking art & graphics for video games. Image: 3D Mars Mission 1999

2005 - 2020+

Full time Artist. Dylan Cotton Artworks

Studios in Bristol & now Cornwall. Multiple galleries and numerous exhibitions, street art, public murals and commercial commissions.

Events

Epilogue Art Show, Royal WY, 2019
Open Studios Cornwall: 2018
Solo Open Studios: 2017, 2016, 2015
Port Issac Art Show: 2012, 2013,2014
LongCross Art Show: 2013, 2014
Bankside Gallery, London SW1. 2009
Grounded Art: Bristol 2008, 2009. 2010

2020

Onward: There are no limits.

Dylan Cotton working in his studio 2020. 'The opportunities that exist to create fresh art are better than ever.'

2020

Onward