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Contemporary British Artist

Derek Dickinson

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Exhibitions

 

Forthcoming:

 

Solo Exhibition - Theatre Royal Plymouth, Devon, UK 

 

Dates to be announced 

 

Previous:

 

 Kips Bay Palm Beach, 230 Miramar Way, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA - 2024

Collaborative Exhibition - Lisk Gallery at: 44AD Gallery, 4 Abbey St. Bath, Somerset -  2024

Collaborative Exhibition - Lisk Gallery, Liskeard, Cornwall - 2023

Dreaming in Colour and Shape - Daa Art Online Exhibition - 2023

MA Contemporary Art Practice - Graduation Show - University of Plymouth, Devon - 2022

Collaborative Exhibition - KARST Gallery, Plymouth, Devon - 2021

Gallery Shtorm Inaugural Online Exhibition - 2021

Equilibrium & Chaos - Collaborative Exhibition - Gallery Shtorm in residence at Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London - 2021

Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy of Arts, London - 2020

Collaborative Exhibition - Host Galleries, Plymouth, Devon - 2019

Solo Exhibition - Scholars, St Germans, Cornwall - 2019

Solo Exhibition - Scholars, St Germans, Cornwall - 2018

Solo Exhibition - Long Gallery, St Germans, Cornwall - 2016

Collaborative Exhibition - Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Devon - 2017

Collaborative Exhibition - Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Devon - 2016

Collaborative Exhibition - Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Devon - 2015

Solo Exhibition - The Pipe Gallery, Plymouth, Devon - 2012

Collaborative Exhibition - Modern Artist Gallery, Pangbourne, Berkshire - 2012

Collaborative Exhibition - Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon - 2010

Collaborative Exhibition - Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon - 2009

Solo Exhibition - The Gallery, Liskeard, Cornwall - 2009

About

Biography

 

Derek Dickinson, who was born in 1960, hails from southwest England. In 1983, he relocated to London and held various creative positions, including designer, stylist, assistant director, and roles in artist management and PR, primarily within the music industry. Upon returning to the South West, Derek pursued formal art education at Plymouth City College and ultimately obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth in 2010. In 2019, he furthered his education at the University of Plymouth, earning an MA in Fine Art.

 

Derek's artwork has been showcased in solo and collaborative exhibitions, with notable displays at esteemed venues such as the Royal Academy, London and Berlin. His art primarily delves into autobiographical themes, exploring the human experience, and is featured in permanent collections worldwide.

 

Currently, Derek resides in a secluded farm cottage on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, drawing inspiration from the serene environment and channeling its tranquility and beauty into his work.

 

Statement

 

"My art is primarily autobiographical, exploring the human experience, including its more challenging aspects.

 

Movement is a key element in my work, and my abstract fluid forms reflect my interest in the essence of existence. My canvas pieces, often created with acrylic paint and muslin, delve into spirituality through textured forms.

 

My artistic journey has undergone a significant shift from monochrome to the reintroduction of colour. Previously, I mainly worked in monochrome, using pure white with occasional touches of grey and black. This approach allowed me to strip away anything unnecessary from the composition, inviting the viewer to focus solely on the emotion of the piece.

 

Over time, I began to reintroduce colour, primarily using primary colours, to see if they could bring new meaning and strength to the work, as these colours are often associated with basic emotions and primal energy. Expressionistic yet controlled, muslin is thrown and manipulated until the essence of the piece is revealed. The rich textures of the minimalist canvases unveil delicate and sensual figures.

 

Performers, particularly dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev and Vaslav Nijinsky, have always had a special interest for me. Their unwavering dedication to their art, despite the suffering it often entails, has been a profound inspiration. I have used the image of the performer as a metaphor for human struggles in my work.

 

As my art has evolved, the conceptual expressions of emotion have become increasingly more figurative. Elements of soulful musicality and dance now permeate my works, delving into the philosophy of the performer and deeply reflecting on the raw and profound human vulnerability that we all share."

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