Brian Dawn Chalkley

Brian Dawn Chalkley draws, paints, makes films, dresses up, performs and writes monologues.

The stories she has to tell take place in seedy hotel rooms, lonely apartments, in bars and sex clubs and patches of woodland. Obsession, repression, sexual fantasy, secrets, solitude and a very bleak kind of humour are among the artist’s subjects. The work is full of character, and the character is the artist’s best invention.

The question is not so much who to be today, or what story to tell one-self, so much as whether to hoover or to shoot oneself. The frock is on the hanger, and the revolver is on the table.

Looking at Brian Dawn's work I ask myself who is the stalker, who is the stalked?

Adrian Searle

Guardian Critic

Brian Dawn Chalkley: CV - Download

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Brian Dawn Chalkley: Missing - Press Release

From the series MISSING (2018)


Missing

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Untitled [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: All I want is boundless love! [Missing]
2018

Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: You really fuck me off big time [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: Life is so good to me right now [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: I just get so fucked off with everything in my life [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: I am longing for everything that will make me happy [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.

Brian Dawn Chalkley: I know how it looks, but its not like that [Missing] 2018
Watercolour on paper. 21.0 × 29.7cm.


Career Girls

'Even though I was such a femme fatale and a little bit shady, I never lost my cool'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I always cried as a child if I didn't get my own way'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I always have this instinct, like where to be, where to live and how to make good'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I have always said, it's about what you put in your mouth'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I know trust is like a mirror and I can fix it if it gets broke'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I love exercise, I used to run just to clear my head. I find endorphins meditating'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I mean to say everything has gone pear-shaped for me. It's unreal'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I need to become completely anonymous if I'm to capture the essence of my part'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I'm no longer a lost little nymphet. I am aware of a shift that comes with me with age'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'I've been through so many terrible things, yet I always find a way to cope'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'If I'm not on stage for a while I really start to go crazy'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'It's the same for any working woman. You try not to let aything drop'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'My problem is always how I connect to today's reality'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'Screwing up my career was neve about drugs and booze'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'That's the only thing I'm doing it all for. So I can have free time on the beach'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'There are so many talented people in our crew'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.

'Yes my life is incredible but Oh My God I have to work at it'
Watercolour on paper. 30.5 x 40.5cm.


Female Trouble

Everything I'm not, I'm becoming
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'For me fairy tales are still relevant in the modern world. Everyday when I get up in the morning it's like I'm in one'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'I once had a bad motorcycle accident. I declined surgery because I didn't want anybody to touch my brain'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'I was so excited I had the chance to do one of those scenes. Like it was really scary and a challenge but you just know it's going to go down in cult history'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'I was young and didn't know the in's and out's of things. I was very instictive'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'I've been eally drawn into hypnosis and cults, where you can get into ths alternative mind frame'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'Life was so exciting on the highways. Now I just feel disenfranchised from everything'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'My whole life I've wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It's the most liberating thing in the world'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'My dreams get crushed on a regular basis. I guess that's down to the life I'm living'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'People are curious. I get that but I don't want people to know everything about me'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'Sex is the only thing I believe in; suddenly it all made sense some how'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'Some scripts have the woman coming back on all fours - but I'm like; 'What man wants that woman?' The woman had got to maintain her integrity, she's gotta maintain her balls'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.

'Every now and then Iget a jolt of panic because I am dealing with peopl's lives and they rey on me'
Watercolour on paper. 42 x 59cm.