Recent Drawings | Barry Dickins

Published by: fortyfivedownstairs | 14-Jan-2019
Renowned Australian playwright, actor and writer Barry Dickins returns to fortyfivedownstairs in January 2019, this time in his capacity as a visual artist.
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Date: 22/01/2019 - 02/02/2019
Time: Tues to Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Ticket: Free
Call: 396629966
In this series of recent pen and ink drawings, Dickins' intricately detailed works combine mythology with his characteristic social realism in a seemingly endless stream of creativity. These cartoon imaginings inspire in the viewer a mixed sense of familiarity and, occasionally, discomfort. Featuring motifs from fairytales and biblical stories allows Dickins to playfully express a deeper exploration of his personal struggle:

"In an age of almost fabulous uncertainty it has been like discovering as oasis in suffering where loneliness of the body and the spirit has the opportunity to live in a new cartoon drawing that the artist has no concept of inventing as it occurred in joy."

Dickins began drawing in this pen and ink style in the 1950s as a young boy growing up in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir. Inspired by the cartoons in his father's Punch Magazines, his love of the medium has stayed with him throughout his lifetime. He has exhibited his works in solo exhibitions in galleries across Australia.

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