These pieces are an exploration of urban landscapes and the energy they create. I’m interested in how that energy is visualized. Cities can be chaotic experiences and the challenge is to produce an equivalent feeling. Fracturing the subject matter creates the visual energy and also adds the necessary chaos. One of the problems of functioning in urban an environment is how to organize the chaos. One of the ways to do that in the real world is to use grids, either on street maps or even in the actual organization of streets in the initial urban plan. I use grids in these paintings as a nod in that direction. Artistically the grid provides an organizing static visual to contrast with the underlying asymmetrical chaos of the fractured subject matter. I have also tried to stay away from static “pretty” compositions in favor of more diagonals and oblique collaging, going more in the direction of a raw “street photography” approach, such as in the work of Gary Winogrand.
Art by Don available for purchase at the Dow Art Gallery
Don Dickinson studied Architecture at the University of Oregon, Photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and has a BFA in drawing, painting and printmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He had a twelve year photography career in Los Angeles. He also taught drawing, painting, photography, and computer graphics at the high school and college level in the Chicago area for fourteen years. His work has been seen in various national shows over the years and is in numerous private collections. Locally his work has been included in the Minnesota State Fair the past four years, the catalogue cover for the 2018 spring St. Paul Art Crawl, and was awarded runner up Best of Show in the Arts in Harmony show that was seen at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Swedish American Institute. In the Twin Cities his work can be seen at the Dow Gallery in the Midway area of St. Paul. Prints of these watercolors are also available at the Dow Gallery.
Pricing for Don’s Work
Framed Original Watercolor 30″x45″ (Image Size 26″x40″) $7,000
Framed Original Watercolor 28″x35″ (Image Size 22″x30″) $5,500
Framed Original Watercolor 31″x22″ (Image Size 25″x17″) $4,500
Framed Watercolor Print 29″x23″ (Image Size 25″x19″) $500
Framed Watercolor Print 14″x19″ (Image Size 13″x18″) $200
Giclée Canvas Print 24″x36″ $450
Print Image Only Sale 17″x11″ $35
Postcards 7″x5″ $5 each or 5 for $20
Greenline Original Watercolor – SOLD
Lawn Chair Holiday Original Watercolor- SOLD