About the Artist

My name is Dale Dempsey and I was born in Carlisle, Cumbria in 1958. When I was 8 years old we moved to the lovely town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire . I started my working life as a Mortar and Concrete Technologist, later becoming a Materials Engineer travelling all over the UK. In the 1980's, soon after getting married, I started a brick tinting company which eventually evolved into the global brand 'Dyebrick'.

I always enjoyed art when I was at school and was influenced by my art teacher who taught us a lot about Modern Art, particularly Cubism. Little did I know that a few years later I would create my own movement, which I like to describe as Oblongism!


I have been applying a wide variety of artistic techniques on many different brick and masonry surfaces. I use earth-based iron oxide pigments and mix them with water-based pure mineral fixatives. The products are non-toxic and do not alter the physical properties of the brick.

I am lucky to work on some of the oldest and finest properties in the country and I have recently started to apply my products to a new canvas type...PAPER!

...and other material too!

Although my twin sister Diana was not too happy!