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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.


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.


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


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