William Dick's geometric abstract paintings are inspired by both ancient tribal
symbols and a fascination with the geological transformation of the landscape.
Each painting evolves out of itself, layer on layer, transforming and
growing in its physical and illusionary historical depth. He has always
drawn on ancient symbols from his own Scottish background, using the symbols,
circles, concentric circles, spirals etc, all common in Pictish/ Celtic
Art, to convey something of the magic and religious function that art
once held in this culture.
His extensive knowledge of history of art, from prehistoric to contemporary,
and different cultures have affected his art and vision. He has drawn
on such diverse sources as prehistoric mark making, Russian Icons, Celtic
and Pictish symbols, African and Aboriginal Art, Abyssinian Warrior Shields,
substance of land-geological form, rocks and lichen, peat and mosses,
dust and sand, mud, local architecture and effects of the weather. A wide
variety of paints and wax are employed, and then heated to fuse and create
surface textures of varying density and opacity. Each painting's surface
is built up in many layers, going through many transformations before
completion, where increasingly the original image is submerged and a tension
is created between surface and depth.
Most recent work comprises a series of large works on paper, found in the paper works gallery, one of which, Oldal II (left) is included in the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition, 2016.