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Adam Dant


Tulip Fever 

2017, lithograph on Zerkall-Butten 150gsm, 102 x 74cm


Dant studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the Maharaja Sayhajirao University of Baroda, India and now lives and works in East London.

Dant creates dense, elaborate narrative drawings that examine and depict contemporary public life, space, mythologies and histories. These works are thoroughly researched, with the artist drawing on a deep well of historical and visual sources to create his wittily perceptive and detailed drawings.

Dant has been described as someone who ‘delights in serious craziness that pokes fun at our contemporary media by proposing charismatically strange alternative perspectives’. Between 1995 and 2000, he acted as an 18th century style pamphleteer, producing and distributing some nine hundred editions of the Donald Parsnips’ Daily Journal. Since then he has focused on museums (as in his early series of ‘mockuments’), city maps, or individual historical characters and events.

Dant’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection, The V&A, The Museum of London and The Government Art Collection in the UK, and MoMA (New York), Deutsche Bank (Germany), The Musée d’Art Contemporain (Lyon) and the San Diego Museum of Art (US).

For the portfolio and the Turkish Tulips exhibition Adam has illustrated a contemporary allegorical map of the history and stories which are linked by this iconic flower.