Lesley Dickman

"My work begins with a concept or idea that I sense opens a wellspring of visual possibilities and questioning of social constructs. Using techniques to develop structure, form and dimension, I journey through a process of connection and response to the world that I am creating. This world seems to be in a continual state of flux, of metamorphous, an invention then reinvention as I search for that illusive image that gives power and strength to the concept, and opens the doors to questioning social values.

My influences are drawn from the German Expressionist movement of the forties and later the large figurative painters such as Anselm Keifer and George Baselitz in the eighties. In his large monumentally artworks Keifer used materials such as lead, straw, found objects, wood, and sand to name a few, and combined historical references that confronted a dark German history.
Often the materials themselves are a guide to the artwork I make. The softness of fabric , the embedded history in bones, the chemistry of salt, or the immediacy of being able to change the image with paint or pastel are all part of the physical and the spiritual essence that bring the artwork to life."

Lesley Dickman

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Recent exhibitions include
2022 Still Life/Food for Thought, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2021 Homage to Small Girls, Tacit Galleries 2019 Heartbeat, Tacit Galleries 2018 Salt & The Dress 3, Tacit Galleries 2017 Yarra Dreamscapes, Tacit Galleries; Artefacts, Linden Gate Gallery, Yarra Glen 2014 Who Defines Me, Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2013 Sandpit, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong 2012 Salt & The Dress, Swan Hill Regional Gallery 2011 Salt & The DressWalker St Gallery 2010 Salt & The Dress, Cambridge St Gallery, Melbourne  2008 Salt & the Dress, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne 2006 Pathways, Goya Gallery, Melbourne 2003 Slow Motion, Goya Gallery, Melbourne 2000 Recent Works, Goya Gallery 1999 Connecting Separate Worlds/Body Parts, Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne 1996 Nature of Change, Steps Gallery, Melbourne 1993 Shelters in Time, Steps Gallery

2021 TACIT Still Life Prize, Tacit Galleries, MelbourneWoollahra 9 x 5 Art Prize, Sydney; Costume, Tacit Galleries  2020 Woollahra 9 x 5 Art Prize; 20[2020], Tacit Galleries 2019 SALTBodyArts Mildura 2018 Wyndham Art Prize, Melbourne; Line, Tacit Galleries 2016 9 x 5, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong 2014 Fragile Couture, Melbourne Fashion Festival; Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2013 9 x 5, Walker St Gallery; She, Walker St Gallery 2011 Salt & the Dress, Three Storeys Gallery, Healesville 2004 John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale