Adam Dant

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Adam Dant (born 1967) is a Jerwood Drawing Prize-winning British artist (2002).

He has won praise from The Guardian[1] and Financial Times[2] for his Hogarthian graphic style. Among the artists that have inspired him, Dant lists Albrecht Dürer, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, JMW Turner, George Cruikshank, Edward Burra and Saul Steinberg. Critics have most often liken Dant to William Hogarth, whose 18th-century satirical prints were created with a moral purpose in mind. "Mine are underpinned by subversion," Dant says, "dressed up in traditional clothes." [3]

Early life[edit]

Dant was born in Cambridge in 1967 but now lives and works in London. He was educated at the Liverpool School of Art (1987–1990, Graphic Design BA), the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts (1988) and the Royal College of Art (1989–1991, Fine Art Printmaking, MA).[4]


In 1995, Dant created the Donald Parsnips Daily Journal, an art world pamphlet, that appeared daily for five years.

Dant subsequently made a reputation as the creator of "mockuments". These are works based on floor plans of the Louvre, the National Gallery and Tate Britain, in which flowcharts lead from image to image to create a psycho-history of the institution being anatomized.

Dant was the official Election Artist for the 2015 UK general election.[5]


Dant's investigations into “the interconnectedness of everything” and the arcane, earnest and often quite bizarre “belief systems” that append themselves to such a concept are the artists starting point for large “sepia ink-on-paper” drawings which create “psycho-histories”, “Monuments” and “Panoramas of colliding histories and fictions”. [6]


Dant has work in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Lyons, The New Art Gallery Walsall, the Deutsche Bank and UBS collections, and in many leading private collections including that of Charles, Prince of Wales.[citation needed] He has exhibited at Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall[7][8] and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The art writer Anthony Haden-Guest describes the new work as "witty and richly complex".[9] Dant has produced a contemporary almanac as part of Waddeson Manor's 2017 exhibition, 'Glorious Years: French Calendars from Louis XIV to the Revolution'.[10]


  1. ^ Skye Sherwin (12 September 2012). "Artist of the week 207: Adam Dant". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Anthony Haden-Guest (9 November 2007). "Hedge fund heaven and hell". The Financial Times.
  3. ^ Peppiat, Michael, Peterson, Jane A. Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art, Gatehouse
  4. ^ "Adam Dant CV" (PDF). Hales Gallery.
  5. ^ Vanessa Thorpe, "Hogarth for our times is chosen to chronicle the general election", The Observer, 21 March 2015
  6. ^ Art Plural Gallery Archived October 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "News". Hales Gallery. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Adam Dant. Dant on Drink:Drawings about Drinking in Britain - The New Art Gallery Walsall". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Glorious Years: French Calendars from Louis XIV to the Revolution - Waddesdon Manor". Waddesdon Manor. Retrieved 2017-05-02.