william dick

Photograph of the artist William Dick

    William Dick was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, receiving a Fine Art Degree and Post Graduate Degree, after which he continued his studies at St Martin's School of Art, London. He has exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom and internationally, is the recipient of prestigious international awards and is represented in public and private collections in Europe, U.S.A., Russia and the Middle East. He presently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    William Dick's geometric abstract paintings are inspired by both ancient tribal symbols and a fascination with the geological tranformation 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.