PHILIP WARD-DICKSON DECEMBER 2008
This series of paintings evolved from an initial concept to depict Banksia wildflowers as a combination of floating realism coupled with reductive symbolic form. My desire to represent Australian flora as out of the vase and off the table, in a style more akin to botanical texts rather than the familiar still life floral paintings of Australian tradition, resulted in this group of paintings that are a combination of representational and abstract elements.
With over two thirds of all known species of Banksia indigenous to Western Australia, and this being the Wildflower State, the emblematic banksias seemed an ideal subject. Banksia flowers, cones and leaves when combined with layered colour, subtle nuance of texture and painted at times with glowing auras can evoke not only the specimen depicted but also memories of location and the light and colours so unique to Western Australia.
The painting “Banksia coccinea – Albany” exemplifies the depiction of both object and evocation of the soft grey-glow of Albany skies. The light auras that surround some images pulsate gently on the retina of the viewer allowing meanings to be perceived beyond surface representation.
BORN 1951. Lives and works in Perth, Western Australia.
1982 Associateship in Art Education, W.A. Institute of Technology (now Curtin University)
1977 Post Graduate Degree, Special Education, Mt Lawley College of Advanced Education
1977 Teacher’s Higher Certificate, Education Department of Western Australia
1972 Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Nedlands College of Advanced Education.
2008 ‘Banksia’ Turner Galleries, Perth
2001 ‘On the Edge’ Artplace, Perth
1998 New works, Artplace, Perth
1993 Greenaway Galleries, Adelaide
1992 ‘Claustrophobia’ Delaney Galleries, Perth
2006 Town of Vincent Art Award, Perth
2003 “Group Show” Artplace’ Perth
2003 City of Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Perth
2003 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Biennial Acquisitive Art Award, Perth
2002 ” Group Show 2002 ” Artplace, Perth
2001 ‘More Miniatures’, Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth
‘The Vanishing Meateater’ , The Verge Gallery, Perth
1999 ‘Transitions’, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Annual Exhibition, Church Gallery, Perth
1998 ‘Artplace at 101’, Gallery 101, Melbourne
New works, Artplace, Perth
‘Artist’s Choice’, Claremont School of Art, Perth
1997 ‘Five years Artplace’, Artplace, Perth
‘Censorship show’, Artplace, Perth
1996 ‘Dispositions’, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
‘Queer in the West’, Perth Instituteof Contemporary Art
‘Five Figurative Painters’, Festival of Perth, Artplace, Perth
‘6 WA Painters’, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
1995 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Exhibition, Perth
Albany Art Prize
1994 Mandorla Art Award
‘Icons to Irony’, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Exhibition, Perth
1993 Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Art Gallery, Bunbury
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Exhibition, Perth
Eight Artists Group Exhibition, Delaney Galleries, Perth
1992 ‘The Four Seasons’, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Art Exhibition, Perth
1990 ‘Sol Invictus’, Three artists exhibition Delaney Galleries, Perth
‘Pink Summers’, Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Exhibition, Sydney
1988 ‘The Big Teez’ EXHIBITION, Burswood Convention Centre, Perth
1985 Four Artist Exhibition, Gallery 52, Perth
1983 ‘By Invitation’, Craft Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1982 Porcelain and Terracotta sculptures, Gallery 52, Perth
1997 Artbridge, 2nd Prize, in collaboration with Indra Geidans.
COMMISSIONS – PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2008 Art Management Committee Member, Royal Perth Hospital Collection, Perth
2003 Artist in Residence, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Perth.
1994 Civic Court Fountain, Rockingham City Council Buildings, Rockingham.
1990 Co-ordinated the publication of ‘Australian Painting Since 1940’,
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection, Perth.
City of Wanneroo Collection, Perth.
City of Perth Collection, Perth
2008 Ric Spencer, TheWest Australian, 15th August
2003 Simone Considine, Western Suburbs Weekly 26th August
2001 David Bromfield, ‘On Show’, The West Australian, 5 May
Evi Ferrier, ‘ArtBeat’, Perth Weekly, 25 April
Post Impressions, Post Newspaper, 21 April
1999 Andrew Nicholls, exhibition review, Westside Observer, 29 October
1997 David Bromfield, ‘On Show’, The West Australian, 13 December
1996 Judith McGrath, ‘Christmas, time to take it all in’, Sunday Times, 22 December
David Bromfield, ‘Gay, lesbian art draws on more than sexual tyranny’, West Australian, 2 Nov
Mary O’Donovan, X Press Magazine, #506
Anna Heriman, ‘6 WA Painters’, exhibition catalogue.
Paul McGillick, Perth Dreamscape finds it’s painters, Financial Review, 9 February
Sonia Baron, Showing six who characterise painting in WA, Canberra Times, 17 February
1995 The Westside Observer, March issue
1994 Neville Drury, Images Two, Craftsman House, 1994, p133, pl 135
1993 John Neylon, The Adelaide Review, September
David Bromfield, On Show, The West Australian, March
1992 David Bromfield, On Show, The West Australian, March
1990 David Bromfield, On Show, The West Australian, 3 November
Ron Banks, ‘Sol Invictus’, The West Australian, 3 November
2007- Art Instructor, Health Department of Western Australia.
2003 -2006 Art Teacher, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School.
1992-2002 Full time arts practice in painting , sculpture and mosaics conducted from home studio and
shared studio space at Gotham Studios, Northbridge.
Contract work with the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Art On The Move.
1988-1991 Education Officer, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
1987-1988 Special Education, Chidley Education Centre.
1985 Art Co-ordinator, Special Art Programme Applecross Senior High School.
1982-1984 Master of Special Duties, Art Department of the Distance Education Centre.
1981 Master of Special Duties, Office of the Superintendent of Art/ Craft,
Education Department of Western Australia.
1978-1979 Selected to pilot the Art Specialist in Special Schools Programme at
Buckland Hill Special for Physically Disabled Children,
School, Mosman Park School For Deaf Children,
Cottesloe School For Partially Hearing Children.
1975-1976 Special Education, Balga Special School.
1974 Art Master, Christchurch Grammar School
1973 Art Teacher, Albany Senior High School.