Anna Dickerson - Fine Artist


Anna Dickerson grew up in Rome, later going to Bedales School in Hampshire where her passion for painting flourished. Anna went on to study Fine Art within the Painting department at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and also at Rhode Island School of Design, America, specialising in Painting. Anna was artist in residence at the London Zoo for 18 months and has been filmed drawing for the Tate Gallery.

Anna had an Acme studio in London for 15 years before moving to Kent where she continues to paint. Anna has work in private collections worldwide and exhibits her work widely. Her work is also in the UN collection in Rome.

Artist's Statement

I work with figurative imagery with an emphasis on animals and birds. I have always loved the tactile quality of handling paint and pushing the boundaries of what it can do. The way I paint comes about in sympathy with the specific subject, changing incrementally as each series develops.

A common thread to all my work is a preoccupation with how much visual information needs to exist on the canvas for the viewer to subconsciously complete the image. This is particularly evident in my sustained paintings where many disparate marks create the impression of form.

Likewise it is essential to me that my painting should be absorbing from a distance and yet up close retain a surface tension which is engaging. The treatment and energy of the surface is for me very important in capturing something beyond a moment in time.

Since moving to Kent I have embarked upon a Garden Bird series, which is now evolving from individual birds to complex scenes, involving multiple birds. These are very time intensive but are asking to be made on a larger scale. Working with a palette knife, these finely layered paintings provide a stage for unfolding soap operas and a visual dialogue in paint.