Taking various modes of transportation as his subject, Dickinson creates paintings of buses, cars, trucks, and trains, arranged in unexpected configurations. Often creating works in series, Dickinson explores different themes within the notion of transportation vehicles, from the “stacking series,” which documents his collection of toy cars, to the “map series,” which combines children’s building blocks with various motor vehicles. Frequently drawing on the notion of child’s play, Dickinson creates fantastical scenarios with miniature cars, and then translates those imaginings to paper.
The attention to detail in his work is incredible. The quirky subject matter, basically portraits of toy cars and ephemera, is a deceptively simple vehicle in itself for a good wallow in nostalgia for your own childhood. The composition of these portraits is often humorous – great tottering towers of colourful cars or trucks or long line-ups of battered racing cars, sometimes featuring a couple of air born vehicles.
Dickinson was the subject of a solo exhibition at Horsens Kunstmuseum in Denmark, and has been included in notable group exhibitions at venues such as Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Contemporary Art Museum in Sao Paulo, and Musée National Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France.