Bio – Andrew Dickson
At an early age, Andrew Dickson was involved in art and spent hours drawing from imagination. He was influenced by the artwork of his mother, Annette Dickson, and through her became acquainted with accomplished landscape painters: Milford Zornes and Joella Mahoney. Later while pursuing another vocation, he attended a painting workshop with Zornes. This experience inspired Andrew and challenged him to pursue a career in art with conviction. With little formal training, he began a daily routine of painting outdoors along the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula where he grew up. During that time he benefited from the critical feedback and encouragement of professional artist and award winning filmmaker Rick Harper.
Not long after, Andrew was accepted in the graduate program at California State University Long Beach where he completed his MFA. At Long Beach, Andrew had the unique privilege to study drawing and painting with Domenic Cretara and his graduate committee chair Yu Ji. Andrew’s aesthetic ideas and studio practice were profoundly influenced by Yu Ji’s teaching which emphasized the significance of the drawing process in articulating immediate visual experiences.
Andrew exhibits his art regionally and nationally and his work has been shown at the Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, The Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Wright State University, Dayton OH, Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, OH, The College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA and The Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA. Andrew’s paintings of the industrial landscape of the Port of Long Beach were the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine. Much of Andrew’s work can be characterized by a focus on ordinary and unusual locations that are often overlooked. For the past several years he has developed a body of work on the landscape of the Salton Sea and has been involved with several group shows and publications related to this subject. Andrew is also an Artist member of the California Art Club and exhibits with them regularly.
He has taught drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach and Huntington University in Indiana. Andrew currently works as an Associate Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University, Fullerton. He has also served as a CSU Summer Arts Course Coordinator for five years and currently coordinates the Summer Art’s Drawing and Painting course in Florence, Italy. In his teaching, Andrew is committed to providing a fundamental practice and understanding of the concepts, materials, and methods of painting with an emphasis on clear visual perception.
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