Andrew Dibben studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art, gaining his Diploma in 1972. After this, he stayed in Norfolk, and worked in a number of occupations, painting in his spare time, until becoming a full-time professional artist in 1989.
Over the last 20 years, the artist’s work has seen a transition from very detailed watercolour views of Norfolk, to expansive paintings of wilder subjects, verging on abstraction at times. Recently, he has returned to themes explored many years ago, working in oils to create dream-like or remembered landscapes that appear slightly other-worldly.
A number of Dibben's earlier paintings were published as prints, which, together with originals, have sold in 30 countries worldwide. He has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Mall Galleries, London, the Society of Graphic Fine Arts, and has had work selected for hanging in the Laing Competition. He has had paintings reproduced in the periodical “International Artist”, and in books published by them. He has staged one-man exhibitions in Britain and in France.
The British shipping giant P&O Cruises commissioned Dibben to produce a number of paintings, which hang aboard some of their ships, as well as their offices. Another major client is Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In 1996, Dibben designed the cover for the best selling book “The Liners”, which accompanied the Channel 4 TV series.
The book “Andrew Dibben’s Norfolk Watercolour Landscapes”, with Foreword by Dame Norma Major, was published by Halsgrove in 2002, and reprinted a year later. A second volume, from the same publisher, “Norfolk Waterscapes” was published at the end of October 2005.
Dibben was a finalist in a landscape competition run by the magazine “International Artist”, which subsequently published an 8-page feature on his work in the Dec 2008 / Jan 2009 issue.