b. 1952, United States

Jane Dickson Artworks

Jane Dickson's figurative painting, drawings, and prints offer nostalgic and dream-like reveries of American life, often painted on unconventional surfaces such as Astroturf, carpet, vinyl, insulation, and sandpaper.

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Night in Times Square

Drawn to the flourescent signage of Times Square, Dickson painted numerous images of night-time scenes in the neighbourhood in which she lived for almost three decades. Paradise Alley (1983), among many others, was painted from her 6th floor window, looking down on 8th Avenue and 43rd Street.

Her images depict Times Square's seedy hotels and apartments, as well as its many pornographic movie theatres, strip clubs, and stores selling adult entertainment. Critic Glenn O'Brien once said of her paintings in a 1988 issue of ArtForum, 'They present beauty as the incidental by-product of the American way of life.' More recent paintings such as Dreams 2 (2018), Cameo 2 (2019), and Devil Below (2020) nostalgically revisit these scenes.

Peepland

Jane Dickinson's 'Peepland' series from the 1990s portray the seedy underside of Times Square in the 1980s. Saturated in warm red tones, the paintings depict the peep shows and erotic live performances endemic at the time. Claustrophobically framed in restrictive compositions such as circular canvases, they convey the voyeuristic sensation of these illicit pursuits.

Dickson continues to explore these themes in paintings such as 3 Graces (2017), a red-saturated peep show triptych with obvious art historical references.

In the Suburbs

In the late 1990s and the early 2000s, Dickson's artistic influence expanded from the lights of the city to the homes and ordinary spaces of America's suburbs. Depicting frontal profiles of suburban homes in oil paint on thick carpet, her 'Almost Home' paintings possess a moody atmospheric haze evoking dreamlike sensations of memory. Later paintings like Savon 1 (2002) and Auto Zone (2007) offer a hazy vision of local streets and commercial spaces painted on AstroTurf.

Portraits

While people often appear within the environments Dickson creates, the artist has also focused exclusively on the human figure. Dickson's 'Revelers' paintings (1990) present portraits of drunken and jubilant party-goers. In her 'Trust Me' series (1991–2015), the artist presents muted black-and-white portraits of friends, artists, musicians, and pets, as well as herself, in a signature tondo format.

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Loans Payday by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Loans Payday, 2023 Acrylic on felt mounted on canvas
112.09 x 158.12 cm
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Palace DVD by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Palace DVD, 2023 Oil stick on canson mi-teintes
25.4 x 34.92 cm
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Liquors by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Liquors, 2020 Oil stick on paper
64.44 x 49.85 cm
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24 Hours by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson 24 Hours, 2023 Oil stick on linen
121.92 x 92.08 cm
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Anco by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork drawing
Jane Dickson Anco, 2020 Oil stick on paper
50.48 x 55.56 cm
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Movies — 2 Guys and a Cop by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork drawing
Jane Dickson Movies — 2 Guys and a Cop, 2020 Oil stick on paper
71.45 x 50.48 cm
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Jackie Chan by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork drawing
Jane Dickson Jackie Chan, 2020 Oil stick on paper
74.93 x 52.39 cm
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Liquors by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Liquors, 2020 Oil stick on paper
64.44 x 49.85 cm
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Everyday Liquors by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork drawing
Jane Dickson Everyday Liquors, 2023 Oil stick on linen
89.22 x 137.48 cm
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School Girls by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson School Girls, 2023 Oil stick on linen
102.23 x 137.48 cm
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Everyday Liquors by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Everyday Liquors, 2023 Oil stick on linen
89.22 x 137.48 cm
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Promised Land 1 by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting, textile
Jane Dickson Promised Land 1, 2023 Acrylic on felt mounted on canvas
112.08 x 157.48 cm
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Kung Fu Hits Horse Cops 2 by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Kung Fu Hits Horse Cops 2 Acrylic and eggshell on linen
183.2 x 90.49 cm
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Empire Always Great by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Empire Always Great Acrylic and eggshell on linen
183.2 x 90.81 cm
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Rage by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Rage Acrylic and eggshell on linen
183.2 x 90.81 cm
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Lyric Terror by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Lyric Terror, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
92.08 x 121.92 cm
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Liquors 2 Couples by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Liquors 2 Couples, 2020 Acrylic and eggshell on canvas
182.88 x 91.44 cm
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Dreams by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Dreams, 2023 Oil stick on linen
182.88 x 137.8 cm
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Up Against The Wall by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Up Against The Wall, 2023 Oil stick on linen
153.03 x 254.63 cm
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Bargain by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting, textile
Jane Dickson Bargain, 2023 Acrylic on felt
154.94 x 310.51 cm
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Save Time 2 by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Save Time 2, 2023 Oil stick on linen
173.04 x 203.2 cm
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Sizzlin' Chicken by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting, textile
Jane Dickson Sizzlin' Chicken, 2023 Acrylic on felt
152.72 x 178.12 cm
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Promised Land 2 by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting, textile
Jane Dickson Promised Land 2, 2023 Acrylic on felt mounted on canvas
160.34 x 195.9 cm
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Study for Big Gain by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson Study for Big Gain, 2022 Acrylic on felt
61.29 x 81.61 cm
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LV 59 Large Skull T by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting
Jane Dickson LV 59 Large Skull T, 2011 Oil on canvas
121.92 x 76.2 cm
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Open by Jane Dickson contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Jane Dickson Open, 2022 Oil stick on linen
72 x 36 inches
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