January 02, 2013
Dickson Paintings on Display
: Cathy Dickson, "After Picasso’s Seated Woman" and "Sculptor", 2012, 40 in x 40 in, Acrylic on canvas. Photo by Larey McDaniel.
Painter Cathy Dickson, at Cornish 1991-92, explores her roots with Track 5 Adele, a showing of her most recent canvases in Bellevue.
PICTURED: Cathy Dickson, After Picasso’s Seated Woman and Sculptor 2012, 40 in x 40 in, Acrylic on canvas; photo: Larey McDaniel.
New work by Cathy Dickson, who studied at Cornish 1991-92, will be on view in the downtown Bellevue Gallery of T’Latte from January 2 – February 28, 2013. Dickson’s work of layered images offers both a jarring mix and a juxtaposition of inventive imagery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the gallery and is open to the public.
According to the artist, a trip to Paris started her thinking about how the great works of the past had informed her work. The paintings displayed in Bellevue are the result of her explorations. The show’s title is a playful turn on the music she was listening to while she worked, British artist Adele.
“A trip to Paris and to Montmartre was enough to fall under the modernist spell of Picasso’s most creative period,” says Dickson. “I want my paintings to be something that haven’t been seen before so I looked at how Picasso made that leap that changed art so drastically.”
“My previous work has been abstract paintings with geometric shapes, both soft and hard-edged forms floating in an eerily whimsical emotionally charged space. I decided to add to one of these an African mask from a Picasso’s painting.” she continues, “I am … interested in how to mix figuration and abstraction.”
Track 5 Adele mines out conscious and unconscious repertoire of images that reference the masters and the artist’s private reality. Bonnie Braley, writing for the Pike Place Market News states, “Cathy Dickson’s works represent the emotional state of dreams, esoterically using shapes and color to express a psychological environment.” Dickson fills the canvas to its very edges with a feeling of halting starts and quick changes of direction and mood all the while replacing each reversal with energy. Of her work Dickson says, “I like expressing the energy of painting with shapes and shadows winding through space and creating a dream-like world waiting for the next thing to happen.”
Cathy Dickson has been painting and drawing since she was five, setting her on an educational path leading to Cornish College for the Arts and a M.A. degree in Studio Art from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her work has been featured in various publications and local galleries as well as in one-person and group exhibits extensively on the West Coast from Bellingham to Los Angeles.
T’Latte is located at 37 103rd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 on the ground level of the Borgata complex. 425.709.6868. Artwork is on view during regular hours of operation Mon - Fri, 7am - 6pm; Sat,
8am - 6pm; Sun, 8:30am - 6pm.
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