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Image: Dale Atkinson, Temporarily Without Maps, 2019, oil on canvas (c) Dale Atkinson

Telling stories covering a myriad of concepts such as lost swimmers, passing comets, insomniacs laying traps for sleep, and saw-wielding manifestations of conscience, Sunderland-born artist Dale Atkinson has pushed the boundaries of narrative art over time in his understated, obscure way.

In his new exhibition at Newcastle gallery Gallagher & Turner, distorted imagery invites the eyes to, at first, look intently at the picture, but then to follow the lines; just don’t expect his tales to be obvious or especially easy to unpick. There’s enough suggestion there to give guidance, but then you are entirely on your own to delve underneath the surface, which is the intrigue lays.

Figures and heads feature prominently, but not exclusively, sometimes having a modern print feel, as does a colour pallet that favours blues and reds, but explores and shows a most distinctive hue, created with oils on canvas. This will be the third time that the Newcastle University graduate, now residing in Gateshead, has exhibited at gallery Gallagher & Turner, and Atkinson’s paintings and drawings are held in private collections throughout the world, and continue to question the observer’s perception of storytelling without words.

Dale Atkinson’s work will be exhibited and on sale at Gallagher & Turner, Newcastle from Thursday 1st October-Saturday 21st November

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