The artwork of Yorkshire Artist Tony Dexter


The joy of exhibiting, like at Art in the Pen the contemporary art fair, is that I have the opportunity to both sell my work and talk to prospective clients.
Their comments are always interesting. From ‘love the colour’ to ‘different to other artwork at the show’. From ‘good to see such a unique perspective’ to a simple ‘wow’.
I half joke that part of my plan (I don’t really have one!) is to “cover magnolia”.
People instantly get the point. Why have bare walls, why have a painting on the wall that blends in, why have something photographic, why have something small when you can have a statement piece.
I’m not deliberately challenging them to question their reasons to buy art but asking them to consider, just for that time they are on my stand, what a piece of art may emotionally convey.
My work is based on ‘real’ things like boats and barns and trees, BUT from another perspective and I want people to both see my vision and also apply their own thoughts and their emotions into the work.
A visitor on seeing one of my tree paintings commented that she hadn’t really appreciated or really looked closely at the colours in a tree. The fact that this particular thought had registered with her made my day. Artists notice things. And by our work people notice things.
By the way my work looks great on magnolia walls where you can appreciate it and people notice it!


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Buy the art you love and forget the décor

Why should art match your décor? Why should art go with your colour scheme?

I’m saying it shouldn’t.

Now that’s a brave statement, but it’s based on the view that if you like something then you should own it for you. You’re buying for you because you like it and not for how others perceive how things in your home match.

Who cares if things don’t tone in? Of course it’s your money and you can do what you want BUT overcome any reservations and uncertainty and enjoy what you like.

Art cannot be caged by mere decorative considerations and nor should it be.  Art deserves better

So be bold and buy that stand out piece, that statement piece, that piece you like. Because what you like defines you, your house and your lifestyle.


Get the full picture…

While ‘online’ images provide a reasonable copy of art work they do, inevitably, lose a lot of colour, distinction and subtle nuances. Equally web/email painting copies are often viewed out of context in relation to their size being smaller and with less visual impact than the original larger work.

What’s more while much of my work is acrylic the paint is frequently laid on thickly in layers creating an ‘impasto’ effect. Again something lost on ‘compressed’ internet images.

So seeing a work of art ‘live’ in a studio, a gallery or at a contemporary art fair clearly gives you the full picture

The Beached Crab £245.00The Filey Crab

Noticing Things

In his book “Playing the Gallery” Grayson Perry quotes a child who when asked “What do you think a contemporary artist does?” gave the reply “They notice things.” I like that.

Noticing things is something I can relate to. Being aware of something and painting it seems to be just what I do. I also like it because I’ve often found it not easy to wear the badge ‘artist’. After art school I went into the commercial world and therefore left the art world behind. I’ve never regretted it and starting to paint later in life and only for the last few years, has reinvigorated me creatively.

My work reflects the things I notice and often from a specific and different angle or viewpoint. My pictures have the attributes of works of art – paint, canvas, varnish, and subject. They also sell so I assume that it’s because people like them.

In the higher echelons of the art world where money, fashion and vested interest are predominant and are assumed to imply superiority perhaps there is a tendency for people to look down on the simple but important emotional reaction of ‘liking’ something.

So for me being partial to a work of art and liking it is reason enough to buy it and perhaps I should now recognise that as an artist I’m doing something I like.


Love the Isle of Lewis

A mid April highlight was a second visit to the Isle of Lewis.

This year we toured the whole island returning to a delightful cottage within a short distance of the great Reef (Riof) Beach.

Otter watching, eagle spotting, whisky drinking and the occasional slice of salmon topped the week. The weather was ‘kind’ after initially travelling through snow storms on our way upwards to the ferry at Ullapool.

Now starting a whole new series of paintings based on the Island and some of the boats. ‘Broken Stern’ is the first (sold). So will have a new selection of work to exhibit at Art in the Pen in Skipton on 13th & 14 August.


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