2679-VI-21, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 49 x 60 inches. Private Collection, Calgary. Shown at Art Toronto, 2021 – Norberg Hall. Photo courtesy Norberg Hall.















Collaborative work: Drunken Paw – Mark Dicey, Leslie Sweder, Janet Turner:
In Spring of 2022 Drunken Paw was invited to spend two weeks at the Empire of Dirt Residency, near Creston BC located on the unceded traditional territory of the Yaqan Nukiy within the Ktunaxa Nation.  Shaped by the values of honour and respect for the land and its history, together with their beliefs in relationship, reciprocity and openness, this extraordinary residency created by Marnie Temple and James Wallis enabled our work, research and practice to flourish. Drunken Paw is honoured to be asked by our hosts to continue with our work through a second residency and an exhibition at Titled Brick Gallery in Creston BC in April of 2023. We are very much looking forward to reconnecting with the people and land we fell in love with. 
We are incredibly grateful for the support from our hosts Marnie Temple and Jim Wallis, and the Canada Council. Our residency at Empire of Dirt in the spring of 2022 was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create: Research and Creation grant which made it possible. We continue working on the drawings that we started at last years residency for the exhibition in 2023. Our major collaborative drawings take months to complete and we are excitedly pursuing the themes and vibe initiated at EoD to achieve completion in March of 2023. 
Mark, Leslie and Janet 
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Massive thanks to Marnie and James of the Empire of Dirt Residency for their outstanding passion to support arts and creativity and their belief in our drawing collaborative, and us individually as artists. 

Oct.21-Nov.26, 2022, two-person exhibition,

Calgary Homes & Design magazine (Calgary Herald) article by Shelley Boettcher – “Brighter Days Ahead” featuring Mark Dicey and Rhys Farrell, May 2021

Calgary Herald article from May 7th, 2020

MD painting insitu: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairview Bar and Restaurant, May 2019.













A painting of mine that is in the City of Calgary Collection is now reproduced on a bus shelter at Heritage Drive and 11th Street SE, Calgary. Beacon, 2009, acrylic on canvas and wood, 54 x 48 inches.

On October 19th, 2018 I received a ACAD Alumni Legacy Award at The Alberta College of Art & Design. Pretty thrilled and honoured about this.

MD Interview with Jimon Nice to have Jimon ask me some questions about my practice.

Each Painted Document – Selections, April 17th to May 18th, 2018.  Catalogue.





A fabulous event was held on April 5th, 2018 within the exhibitions at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary. Thank you Margaret Christakos and all who wrote and read that evening. All the works read at CANOPY were inspired by two exhibitions currently open at Nickle Galleries: EACH PAINTED DOCUMENT – Mark Dicey, and Walter May: Look Again.

Grant Poier talk at Nickle Galleries, Thursday, March 22nd, held within the Mark Dicey exhibition. GP talked about his writing process and his writing for the exhibition Each Painted Document.

Each Painted Document, solo exhibition, Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary. January 26th to April 7th, 2018. Catalogue writing and special didactic by Grant Poier. Curated by Michele Hardy.

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

Installation photo, Each Painted Document, Nickle Galleries

Each Painted Document exhibition ad in current Canadian Art Magazine

Each Painted Document exhibition ad in current Canadian Art Magazine


Recent Past:

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)

studio, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 2017

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.


MD solo exhibition, “Traffic” –  Jarvis Hall Gallery – April 21st to June 3rd, 2017

Ghostkeeper (front of cd jacket/album artwork) artwork by Mark Dicey








-March 24th, 2017 the Calgary band Ghostkeeper  album release. The album artwork was done by me.

Ghostkeeper (back of cd jacket/album artwork) artwork by Mark Dicey

-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: Great to have been a part of this fundraiser.