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William Dick

I have always drawn ancient symbols from my own Scottish background and I feel the similarity of these symbols,circles, concentric circles, spirals etc, all common in Pictish/Celtic Art convey something of the magic religious function that Art once held in this culture.







The works illustrated use such sources as, Russian Icons, Celtic and Pictish symbols, African and Aboriginal Art, Abyssinian Warrior shield, substance of land-geological form, rocks and lichen, peat, and moses, dust and sand, mud, local architecture and the effect of the weather. A wide variety of paints, wax and bitumen is employed to create surface textures of varying density and opacity. Each painting surface is built up in many layers, going through many transformations before completion. Increasingly the original image is submerged and a tension is created between surface and depth.







Reseach into the Iconography and Iconology attached to pictorial representations where the Christian and pagan mythological figures used are almost beyond interpretation is involved. Past and present works includes themes and interests showing the assimilation of Christian and pagan rites and beliefs, in the "Christianised" images of standing stones the construction of churches upon prehistoric sites and adapation of pagan rituals. These paintings transcend the illustrative, using drawing as a symbolic way of making marks, thereby enabling me to encapture a sense of monument with certain ambiguities between the physical object and the implied atmospheric depths. Although the symbolism is evident from viewing at a distance, one must venture closer to appreciate the subtleties of colour and paint handling, where the eye is led over the surface by the diferent variations of paint and application. This reinforces one of the central themes in my work, the tension between the physical reality of the painted surface with the ability of the surface to imply imaginary space and objects. Because these paintings have a surface so intensely worked by various brushing and individual strokes, drawn lines, colour, paint texture, density and transparency the works offer themselves as physical objects.











Education



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. Martins School of Art - London







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


Coventry Polytechnic, Southwark College, University of Nebraska,


Creighton University, Kearney State College, Limerick

School of Art, Westminster-Kingsway College London.






Awards



2001 UNESCO-Aschberg Scholarship - Amman, Jordan




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


British Council Award




Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award




1992 British Council Award - Russia



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



1990 Salotarjan Intersymposium - Hungary



British Council Award - Hungary



1989-90 Artist in Residence, Bemis Foundation, Omaha - USA



1989 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award



1977 Elizabeth T. Greenshields Scholarship



1976 Winsor and Newton Finalist



1975 George Duncan Travelling Scholarship



1974 First Prize Grampian Television Award






One Person Exhibitions



2003 Sutton House - London




2002 Pilgrim Gallery - London




2001 St Mary's Woolnoth Church - City of London

The British Council - Amman, Jordan

UNESCO Gallery, Amman - Jordan




1997 Garter Lane Arts Centre - Ireland



1996 Limerick City Gallery of Art - Ireland


Monaghan Museum Gallery - Ireland


The Economist - London


Tricycle Gallery - London




1994 Meffan Gallery - Forfar



1991 Crawford Arts Centre - St.Andrews


Midland Arts Centre - Birmingham



1990 New Gallery, Bemis Foundation - Omaha, USA


Zodiac Gallery - Omaha, USA


Lanchester Gallery - Coventry


Nogradi Torteneti Museum - Hungary


Pier Gallery - Stormness, Orkney


Art Space Gallery - Aberdeen



1989 Seagate Gallery - Dundee


Collective Gallery - Edinburgh


Mark Four Gallery - Lincoln, USA



1988 University of Kent, Canterbury


University of Exeter


Southampton Arts Centre


The Crypt Gallery - London


Crescent Arts Workshop - Scarborough



1987 Artworks Space - London


Eagle Works Gallery - Wolverhampton





Group Shows



2002 Woolff Gallery - London




2001 Dean clough Galleries - Halifax




2000 Camden Open, Camden Lock - London

Reflections, Southside Arts - Southhampton




1998 Whitechapel Open Studios - London

Resonant Colours, Coningsby Gallery - London


Arts at Vitalis - London



1997 Three Painters, Kunsthaus Schaller - Stuttgart, Germany


Weihnachtsausstellungen, Kunsthaus Schaller-Stuttgart,Germany



1994 Cuprum VI Biennale, Centrum Miedziorytu - Poland


International Exhibition, Tarii Crisurilor Museum - Romania


Small Graphics Forms, Ujpest Gallery - Hungary


International Print Triennial - Netherlands




1993 Kiev-East European - St.Petersburg, Russia


International Graphic Biennial - Maasstricht, Netherlands


Bradford Open Print Exhibition - Cartwright Hall - Bradford



1992 Corporate Locations, First Data Resources - Omaha, USA


Art For Sale - London


National Exhibition of Prints, Ujpest Gallery - Hungary



1991 Male Formy Grafiki - Lodz, Poland


Collectors Eye, Gruzelier Modern and Contemporary Ar -London


Summer Exhibition, New Gallery - Omaha, USA


Works on Paper, Gruzelier Modern and Contemporary Art- London


Gruzelier Contemporary Art, Fruit Market Gallery - Edinburgh




1990 Intersymposium Exhibition - Hungary



1989 Bemis Foundation, New Gallery - Omaha, USA


International Contemporary Art - Stuttgart, West Germany


Varna International Print Biennial - Bulgaria





Collections



Aberdeen Art Gallery


Barclays Bank


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art - Dundee


The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow


The Scottish Arts Council


The Bemis Foundation - Omaha, USA


Nogradi Torteneti Museum - Salgotarjon, Hungary

Moscow Union of Artists, Moscow, Russia

Foundation for Hungarian Graphic Arts, Hungary

Darat al-Funun Gallery, Amman, Jordan

Private Collections worldwide