Jack and Kate Dickerson's show
"Simply Grand"

on May 4, 2012

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Jack says about his work: “I paint things, not as they are, but how I feel about them. I paint from the inside out. Everyday events and images connect with my past, and give birth to new ideas and images. My large body of work is all about exploration and discovery—as I am constantly on a mission to be ‘surprised' by my paintings. I do like to transform seemingly minor daily occurrences into a memorable moment in time. As my life unfolds, so do my paintings. My large bodies of work are my stories.”
Jack's work has been shown in both group and solo exhibitions in the Northeast. His paintings hang in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. , and in homes in Europe . His work has been displayed in dozens of publications including Graphics, Better Homes & Gardens, RISD Views and The Boston Globe. His work has been recognized over the years with numerous awards. He earned degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule (Basel College of Art) in Switzerland , and was awarded a two-year grant from the Ford Foundation.

Kate says about her work: “I love the challenge of painting everyday items in such exquisite detail that viewers are momentarily tricked into thinking they are looking at the actual items, rather than paintings of them. This style is called trompe l'œil, a French term meaning “fools the eye.” I enjoy elevating simple objects to a higher level by telling stories about those objects, so that my paintings evoke emotions that are associated with pleasant memories and a simpler, bon vivant lifestyle. My still lifes are influenced by a deep love of many different periods in the history of both the fine arts and everyday cultural history, as well as by international travel, which provides constant new inspiration.
Kate has been painting since she was a young girl; won her first design awards in high school; received her first major mural commission at the age of twenty (Courage Center, Minneapolis); and has painted many murals in homes and public buildings, in addition to her gallery work. She graduated from Connecticut College and also studied at l'Université de Nice, France , and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her triple major in Fine Art, Art History and French is still evident in all of her work today. She has studied with Barkley Hendricks and Koo Schadler. Kate is known for her painstakingly precise attention to detail, her creative use of rich colors, and realistic faux finishes. She paints in oil, acrylic, egg tempera and watercolor. Kate's current work includes trompe l'œil paintings of personal memorabilia from travel, wine collecting, a passion for fine foods, and other everyday subjects. She accepts commissions for trompe l'œil memorabilia paintings. Kate's mural painting has been featured on HGTV's Kitchens and Baths show. Her art and mural/design work has been published in many books, magazines and newspapers.

"here" are photos from the opening reception on Friday evening, May 4th.

 

by Kate: "Paint Tubes No. 1"
oil, 24"x49"

 

by Jack: "Blue Crab, Black Dress"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

"Blue Crab on Eaten Laminaria Kelp"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

by Kate: "Vintage Memories"
oil, 16"x24"

 

by Jack: "Lady Crab, Black Dress"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

"Lady Crab on the Rocks"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

by Kate: "A Key to Adventure"
oil, 24"x32"

 

by Jack: "Blue Crab on the Rocks"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

"Rock Crab on Eaten Laminaria Kelp"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

by Kate: "Bluebirds with a Tuscan Vase"
oil, 24"x19"

 

by Jack: "Lobster!!"
acrylic, 32"x24"

 

"Lady Crab Hiding in Long Kelp"
acrylic, 48"x24"

 

"Lady Crab Riding in Holey Kelp"
acrylic, 24"x48"

 

"Juggling Act"
acrylic, 32"x48"

 

"Radiant Scallops"
acrylic, 32"x48"

 

"Balancing Act"
acrylic, 48"x32"

 

"Two Dollars on Edge"
acrylic, 48"x32"

 

"Missoni Scallops"
acrylic, 48"x32"

 

"Mussels on a Ride"
acrylic, 32"x24"

 

"Soft Shells on a Ride"
acrylic, 32"x24"

 

"Unlikely Bedfellows"
acrylic, 48"x32"

 

"Rock Crab in a Tidal Current"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

"Rock Crab on Crazy Laminaria"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

"Drake's Dungeness Crab in San Francisco"
acrylic, 24"x32"

 

   

"Wave No. 1 - Nauset Beach"
acrylic, 32"x48"