Pen Dalton learned oil painting in the 1960s at Goldsmiths in the context of modernist abstraction. In the 1970s, turning her back on fine art she worked in contextual practices employing mainly photographic and screen printed mediums. Some of this work ended up in collections: eg Victoria and Albert Museum, The Womens Archive, the Working Class archive and the Musee d'Affiche in Paris. From there she spent many years in higher education specialising in feminism and subjectivity, lecturing and publishing internationally as a critic, researcher in art and art education.
Ten years ago she gave away all her academic books and from a studio in Walthamstow, started again as a painter taking in new technologies and a different cultural context.
The 35 paintings on show give a taste of the many experiments with genres, new paint technologies and formal languages that emerged in the process of learning to paint again.
Some paintings are now in private and public collections : The Priseman-Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting, which is now to be transferred to the Yale Collection of British Art; The Komechak Art Gallery, Chicago, Swindon Art Gallery and Museum and in Temple's Brick Court Chambers, London. ArtUK, The Komechak. Her paintings have been shown in New York, Italy, China and Gdansk and she is now proud to show them in the Rose and Crown.