AWAKENING

Based in Narrabri NSW, Brooke Dalton is the artist behind the piece 'Awakening'.


Photograph: Georgina Poole

With a passion for interior design, together with an artistic practice bound only by her imagination, Brooke Dalton has the ability to craft vividly honest acrylic still life, interiors and gardenscapes. Her use of exuberant colourways and playful pattern transport you to a place of immense joy and comfort – one where eccentricity and individuality are celebrated, rather than shunned. Each work produced by Brooke is a reinvention or dreamt-up interpretation of her surroundings, often built upon and inspired by one particularly striking object, such as a bright yellow armchair or pinstriped cushion.


Bubbling with character and atmospheric warmth, the paintings – much like Brooke herself, strike a chord deep within. This is due in part to the sheer amount of detail and consideration involved in the creative process behind the art.

Beginning instinctively, she pulls colour, pattern, shapes and objects from a plethora of print and online sources to construct a rough plan of the layout.

Spreads from interior and garden magazines, household floral arrangements and projects circulating Instagram all act to inform her design choices. Once the original plan is solidified, Brooke sketches an outline on canvas or board and works to bring the piece to life, adding texture and depth with every layer.


Though predominantly working with acrylics, the 43-year-old artist never intended to root her artistic practice in the medium. In high school, Brooke struggled with painting and so pursued her love for objects and ornaments that besiege her through studying Industrial Design at The Queensland University of Technology. It wasn’t until many years later that she picked up a paintbrush and following a successful first solo-exhibition at Micheal Reid Murrurundi in 2018, started to paint seriously.


Now, Brooke’s work has featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the New England Regional Art Museum and the Micheal Reid, Sydney. She currently resides in Narrabri, New South Wales and divides her time between creating art and running a family-owned commodity brokerage.



5 QUESTIONS WITH BROOKE

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS?

I love Australian artists John Boker, Laura Jones & Alesandro Ljubicic


WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

Sunshine, tea, flowers, books


IN THREE WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE.

Colourful, uplifting, exuberant


TELL US WHICH INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WE MUST FOLLOW?

So hard to choose! @fenton_and_fenton, @Lunatiques @thedesignfiles @arentpykestudio. I follow a lot of artists, florists, interior designers, architects, gardeners.


LASTLY, WHAT'S YOUR MANTRA?

Why be boring


{words: Amelia Phelps}