is a visual manifest of the artist’s travels into and out of his workplace. Large canvases, mid-sized works on paper, ‘Swarm’, a wall collage of ‘notations’, and a site-specific installation, all vibrant Abstract paintings, are accompanied by a suite of vitrines housing his dedicated sketch-book-works. The exhibition sets out a representative collection of recent studio activity,
with hints of the processes and interactions that feed his practice. In celebration of Dicey’s ongoing art practice and latest body of paintings,
Calgary artist Grant Poier has been commissioned to produce a (con)textual component to the Nickle exhibition. His written materials will contribute to a unique text-wall installation, and provide content for the exhibition catalogue. A fellow collaborator and long-time observer of Dicey’s intense creative engagements, Poier responds, writing around (not about) this work which needs no words attached. Grant Poier
Mark Dicey, Paperwork, solo exhibition, Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary February 9 to March 10, 2018
Print launch – December 16th, 2017 – Jarvis Hall Gallery, between 2015 – 2017 Mark worked on the west Coast with master printmaker Peter Braune at New Leaf Editions to design 3 unique intaglio prints (editions of 25 each). Each work is distinctly “Dicey” and portrays the colour, line and composition classically found on his large canvases and sketchbooks.
“Soutine’s Gate”, “Coast” and “Shore”. Coast and Shore are abstract works influenced by time spent on the west and east coast of Canada where Dicey has found great inspiration by having his senses heightened by the rich powerful environment. These two prints were produced using techniques that would be used in the larger print that followed – Soutine’s Gate. Soutine’s Gate is an abstract work that came about by Dicey’s thoughts and influence on the artist Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943). The amazing landscape and portrait paintings produced by Soutine in his lifetime were unique painterly compositions that to this day are highly influential and much exhibited and studied world wide. Seeing actual paintings by Soutine in exhibitions in Canada and Europe, Dicey has been quite inspired by the total life passion Soutine portrayed through his work and painting approach. The Gate, for Dicey, is a metaphor that speaks to an entry into the world of Soutine and where painting was headed internationally at and beyond the time of his life.
Group exhibition of Artists’ Bookworks in Edmonton. The Story So Far, Exhibition of Artists’ Books. Curated by Sara Norquay. A few of my sketchbooks were included. September 22 to November 4, 2017. SNAP Gallery (Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists)
Back from a residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (April/May). Fantastic time in the studio, meeting artists, curators and staff at Banff Centre. https://www.banffcentre.ca/visual-and-digital-arts
-March 24th, 2017 the Calgary band Ghostkeeper album release. The album artwork was done by me. https://www.ghostkeepermusic.bandcamp.com
-Was included in a major fundraiser in YYC at Hotel Arts, April 7, 2017 in support of the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre. See here for details: http://www.koartscentre.org/ Great to have been a part of this fundraiser.