Robert Dickerson 'Light And Shadow'

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Robert Dickerson was a leading figure of Australian modernism. A child of the depression, he left school at fourteen to work in a factory. In 1947, after serving in the Royal Australian Air Force and becoming a professional boxer, Dickerson discovered painting: “I knew I had stumbled on the most important discovery about myself that I’d ever make.”

Dickerson’s work evades the sentimental. His characters are often alone, caught haunting dark streetscapes with anguished expressions. In 1971 Hal Missingham, the then director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales reflected that “Bob’s pictures… are about humans, not effigies or abstractions, not cerebral adventures but a straight-out interest in people and their astonishing situations and commitments”.

This rare to market original linocut was published by Dickerson Gallery 1996 and printed by Michelle Perry at Marnling Press Sydney as part of a suite called Aspects of Dance 1. For collectors of Modern art and Dickerson, ‘Light and Shadow’ is a beguiling find from a compelling modernist.


Robert DICKERSON (1924 - 2015)
'Light And Shadow'
handcoloured linocut on paper
Edition of 30
Image Size: 30 x 30 cm
Dimensions: 65 x 62 x 2 cm
Signed: signed, titled and editioned on margin: R Dickerson / LIGHT AND SHADOW / A.P hand coloured
Comes with Letter of Provenance

EXHIBITIONS:
This work was exhibited in ROBERT DICKERSON: Off the Canvas New England Regional Arm Museum 2019 (cat no 78)

LITERATURE:
This work is featured and illustrated in Robert Dickerson: The Complete Graphics on page 91, published by Queen Street Fine Art, 2002.

RELATED WORKS:
This work is in the collection of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery and the New England Regional Arm Museum

Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art's image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear to the frame. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to the paint surface.

(c) The Artist or Assignee

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