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Derek Dickinson (b.1960) originates from south west England. In 1983 he relocated to London and worked as a designer and stylist for film, photography, television, video and performance, as an assistant director on music videos, in artist management and PR, predominantly associated with the music industry. 


After returning to the South West Derek began studying art at Plymouth City College. Which then lead to a BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Plymouth in 2010. In 2019 he returned to the University of Plymouth, and attained an MA Fine Art in 2022.


Derek has exhibited work in numerous solo and collaborative shows, including at the Royal Academy London, in Berlin and south west England. He has works in permanent collections in the USA, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Germany, Spain and the UK. 


Derek resides in a remote farm cottage on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate.


Artist Statement

Derek Dickinson’s practice is strongly autobiographical, considering challenging aspects of life, such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. Movement is a key factor in his work, an abstraction of fluid forms which reflects his interest in the endeavour of existence. Dickinson’s canvas works, employing acrylic paint and muslin, explore spirituality through textural forms. Over time these conceptual expressions of emotion have become more figurative. His minimalist canvases’ rich textures reveal delicate and sensual figures.


These figures or forms are also seen in his current work with film, sound, and performance. The work reflects on finding strength in vulnerability, using process and gestures to create an ambiguous bodily language. A sense of uncertainty around exposure is explored through the presenting the self and personal experience. His production process expresses catharsis which is tempered by reflection in the exhibited work. These films have a painterly quality, using light and movement to evoke a chiaroscuro quality.


Artists including Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon and Bill Viola have influenced the work highlighting the complex relationship between artist and artwork and perhaps prompting the viewer to reflect on their experience of being human.

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