Dion Salvador Lloyd

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British artist Dion Salvador Lloyd was born in Brighton in 1967.  Working in oils, mark making and texture are as vital to Lloyd’s work, as the tone and chosen palette. Having a deep connection with, and a fascination for the natural world, Lloyd paints contemporary landscapes, creating each piece without reference.

Lloyd pushes his internal dramas and feelings out onto the surface, not in a way that demands to be heard, but rather, in a quiet, understated manner. Through his work, he seeks to understand himself and his world. Each canvas is very much like a page in a diary, where his most intimate feelings are registered and recorded. He invites us, the audience, to witness those places that he has been and seen, never demanding understanding, simply asking to share and to see what we find of ourselves within them.

When you discover his works, you are thrown into a layered and complex world of exploration. Exploration of your own imagination as well as exploration of the artist himself, who draws upon music, nature, light, beauty and decay for inspiration. Engaging with music in the studio, the work created over time and in many stages, is a deeply personal experience.

Having never attended formal school of art, Lloyd demonstrates a gritty determination to master the medium of paint, to bend it to his will, to push it beyond his own or anyone else's expectations, to see what paint can become when worked, pushed and chiseled. It is not just the image created, but also its depth, shape and contour, a visceral finish that makes the viewer want to reach out and touch, as well as to look. In Lloyd's work we find a tangible connection to the surface of things, the weather beaten complexion of our world.

His work has been exhibited widely across the UK and has been selected for the Royal Academy “Summer Exhibition”, Discerning Eye, RWA in Bristol, RBSA in Birmingham, The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and the ROI at the Mall Galleries, London. He currently lives and works in Brighton, UK as a full time practicing artist.

Most recently Dion has won the Discerning Eye's 'Chairman's Purchase Prize" for his painting "Chalkland" which will remain in their permanent collection and sit with other past winners.

Dion’s work can be seen regularly at Kellie Miller Arts.