William Dick

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DOORCHEEK I, 2011 Mixed Media/ Wax On Canvas 240 X 240 Cms © William Dick
SYVER I, 2011 Mixed Media/ Wax On Canvas 30 X 30 Cms © William Dick
SYVER II, 2011 Mixed Media/ Wax On Canvas 30 X 30 Cms © William Dick
Quick Facts


1950                                Born Glasgow, Scotland

1971-72                          Glasgow School of Art

1972-76                          Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee

1976-77                          Post Graduate, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee

1977-78                          St. Martin's School of Art, London

1978-                              Lecturer - Ealing School of Art, London, Harlow School of Art,

                                        Coventry Polytechnic, Southwark College, London, University of

                                        Nebraska, Omaha, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Creighton

                                        University, Omaha, Kearney State College, Nebraska, U.S.A.

                                        Limerick School of Art, Limerick, Ireland, Westminster-Kingsway

                                       College, London


1974                                First Prize Grampian Television Award

1975                                George Duncan Travelling Scholarship

                                        Carnegie Scholar, Royal Scottish Academy

1976                                Winsor & Newton Finalist

1977                                Elizabeth T. Greenshields Scholarship

1989                                Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

1989-90                          Artist in Residence, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, U.S.A.

1990                                Salgotarjan Intersymposium, Hungary

                                        British Council Award, Hungary

1991                                Artist in Residence, Crawford Arts Centre, St.Andrews

1992                                British Council Award, Moscow, Russia

2001                               UNESCO-Aschberg Scholarship, Amman, Jordan

                                        Artist in Residence, Darat al-Funan Art Center, Amman Jordan

                                        British Council Award

                                        Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award

2004                                Pilar Juncosa Award, Fundacio Pilar i Joan Miro a Mallorca, Spain

                                        Triangle Artist’s Workshop, New York, U.S.A.

2005                                Artist’s Workshop, Szeged, Hungary

2006                                Artist’s Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.A.

2007/08/10/13                 Artist’s Workshop, Szeged, Hungary



1987                                Artworks Space, London, UK

                                        Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

1988                                University of Exeter, UK

                                        University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

                                        Southampton Arts Centre, UK

                                        The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

                                        Crescent Arts Workshop, Scarborough, UK

1989                                Seagate Gallery, Dundee, UK

                                        Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

                                        Mark Four Gallery, Lincoln, U.S.A.

1990                                New Gallery, Bemis Foundation, Omaha, U.S.A.

                                        Zodiac Gallery, Omaha, U.S.A.

                                        Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, UK

                                        Nogradi Torteneti Muzeum, Salgotarjan, Hungary

                                        Pier Gallery, Stromness, Orkney, UK

                                        Artspace Gallery, Aberdeen, UK

1991                                Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews, UK

                                        Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK

1994                                Meffan Gallery, Forfar, UK

1996                                Tricycle Gallery, London. UK

                                        The Economist, London. UK

                                        Monaghan Museum Gallery, Ireland

                                        Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland

1997                                Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland

2001                               UNESCO Gallery, Amman, Jordan

                                       The British Council, Amman, Jordan

                                       St. Mary Woolnoth Church, City of London, UK

2002                               Pilgrim Gallery, London, UK

2003                               Sutton House, London, UK

2005                               St. Jurgen Starkow Mecklenburg, Vorpommem, Germany

2006                               St. Jakobikirche, Stralsund, Germany

2007                               Billingham Art Gallery, Billingham, UK

                                       Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, Poole, UK


                                       Aberdeen Art Gallery, The Hunterian Museum, University of    

                                       Glasgow, Scotland, The Bemis Foundation, Omaha, U.S.A.,

                                       University of Nebraska, Omaha, U.S.A., The Scottish Arts Council,

                                       University of Dundee, Scotland, Foundation for Hungarian Graphic

                                       Arts, Budapest, Hungary, Barclays Bank PLC, United Kingdom, 

                                       Moscow Union of Artists, Moscow, Russia, Nogradi Torteneti

                                       Muzeum, Salgotarjan, Hungary, Darat al Funun Gallery, Jordan 

                                       Private collections - Great Britain, U.S.A., Canada, Holland, Germany,  

                                       Hungary, Poland and Russia.


My paintings record my interest in reconciling different and often estranged qualities and ideas in painting. I work through an experimental evaluation of the co-influence or confluence of organic and geometric, texture and structure, density and transparency, the sensuous history of paint and the austere tradition of minimalism.

Within the context of abstraction, namely geometric and organic, I begin with the fundamental balance in painting between line and colour. I have drawn on ancient symbolic shapes from my Scottish background and I am influenced by the symbolic power of simplest forms of drawn lines such as the circles, concentric circles and spirals of Pictish and Celtic Art. Linear elements in my work derive from this source as well as from African and Aboriginal Art, Abyssinian Warrior Shields and Russian icons, and other lines and shapes that retain, in the broadest sense, some significance within culture. For colour I begin from observation of geological form and the substance of land; of dust, sand, mud and rock as well as the outcrop of local street furniture/ architecture; weather and the effects of weathering, and then of the often extreme and exotic colour of lichen, peat and mosses.

My work exploits all the painterly techniques that have been used throughout Western Tradition and over the years I have built on that knowledge with extensive experimentation using a wide variety of media. Recent works use wax with all kinds of paint to create surfaces, which are intensely worked with drawn lines and a range of brushed applications that build a layered body of paint of variable density and transparency. Structure and colour are modified, inflected or deflected by developing textures, which alter intent and meaning. I’m intensely aware of the process in which the painting acquires its identity and presence. When this dialogue of authorship and authority resolves the tensions of surface and depth, qualities and ideas, I get close to the synthesis I aim for when an idea becomes an object that declares itself in the purest language of painting.

William Dick



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