Civic Pride and Silversides
Angles Gallery is pleased to present, in Gallery 3, Civic Pride and Silversides, an exhibition of new works by London artist Jeremy Dickinson. This is Dickinson's forth solo exhibition with Angles Gallery, and his second in the USA this year. The forthcoming exhibition will open with a public reception for the artist on Saturday, November 5, 2011, 6-8 PM.
Jeremy Dickinson, a still life painter at heart, makes serious work out of playful subject matter with an adept hand and a sharp eye. Since childhood, the artist has been an avid collector of model cars, trucks and buses, as well as an amateur cartographer. Frequent use of public transportation, during a lifetime in a country where this is commonplace, has infused the artist's imagination with signs and signifiers, a moveable feast of double-decker buses and coal-powered locomotives, which operates as something of a three-dimensional mapping system. Typically named for neighborhoods and local routes, the subjects of the Civic Pride series are rendered in near photo-realistic style. Portraits lovingly painted, the works' remarkable formal qualities belie the subtleties of memory, family, community and imagination vibrating just below the surface.
The Civic Pride paintings form part of an ongoing series of works, the earliest of which were shown at Angles Gallery in 1995. They depict transit buses from different British towns and cities from the past four decades, all showing off the liveries of their different localities, much like a football team would have their own particular colors. The sources of the paintings are amateur photographs of buses, taken by anonymous enthusiasts, and purchased by the artist at transport themed flea markets and rallies. The earliest works in the series were based on photographs of the orange and green buses in Halifax, England, where the artist grew up. He was fascinated with the buses as a child, living next door to the depot where they were garaged every night.
In the paintings, the backgrounds are edited out, leaving the vehicles posed in a standard three quarter view on blank backgrounds. They become prisms to the larger world, which can be seen in reflections on the shiny paint and glazing. Peering "through" the windows, the viewer will experience glimpses of landscapes and buildings beyond, together with the passengers riding on what is generally regarded as the most mundane form of transportation.
Also included in the exhibition will be a new group of paintings, the subjects of which are a collection of toy Greyhound buses, Silversides, bought at flea markets, swap meets and old toy fairs over the past 15 years. All show evidence of past play by their unknown previous owners. They range from coarsely made cast iron souvenir vehicles from late 1930s World Fairs, to more recent printed tin toys, and scale die casts. These buses form part of the artist's huge collection of old toy trucks, cars, buses, trains and toys in general, which continue to be documented in an ongoing series of paintings running in parallel to the Civic Pride series of photograph based works.
Jeremy Dickinson's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues including L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France; Royal Academy of Arts, London, England; Refusalon, San Francisco, California; Lisson Gallery, London, England; Galerie Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark; Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York City, New York; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, California; and Lotte Hammer, London, England, among others. His work has been reviewed in such notable publications as Chicago Tribune, Artforum, frieze, and The New York Times. Dickinson studied at York College of Art and Goldsmith's College, England. He lives and works in London, England.