Dale Grimshaw was born in Accrington, Lancashire in 1971. He and his two sisters were brought up by their mother. It was not an easy childhood, but shining through like a beacon, was Dale’s love for painting and for creating a world of his own with his brushes. After troubled teenage years, which included being expelled from school and being taken into care, he also found solace in music – in particular, the Anarcho Punk scene. This proved to be an outlet for the strong emotions he was feeling at this time and his political views
Despite the difficult experiences he found himself in, with the encouragement of staff at the Assessment centre, he completed a Foundation Course at Blackburn College in Graphic Design and Fine Art. After this he worked hard to get a place at Middlesex University to study Fine Art, where he had a chance to expand his technique and be exposed to a wide range of influences. During this time, he also worked in Egypt, painting commercial murals.
After graduation, he joined a number of Punk bands and devoted his energies to music forseveral years. However, in 2006 he decided to return to painting fulltime. In 2007 he and his partner, Chris Garlick, founded a gallery in Shoreditch called Signal Gallery. The gallery specialised in Urban Art and showcased the work of a number of up and coming and established Urban and Street Artists, including C215, Guy Denning, Dan Baldwin and Robbo. Dale also had six solo shows in the gallery, which were received with increasing enthusiasm and launched his career. This led to showing with other galleries across Europe and in the US, including the Saatchi gallery and a group show with Shepard Fairey & Banksy at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Murcia, Spain.
In 2013 the gallery closed, as Dale decided to concentrate on his own work and raise his Street Art profile. He is now considered to be one of the UK’s most respected Street Artistsand is in great demand to paint murals internationally.
He has been showing his studio work at Well Hung Gallery in Hoxton since 2015. His next solo show will take place with the gallery in October 2022.
‘Wellspring’ will run from Wednesday 26 October until Sunday 29 October at 216 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA.