Rodney Dickson: Interview

Rodney Dickson in his studio (photo courtesy of the artist)
Rodney Dickson in his studio (photo courtesy of the artist)

Valerie Brennan interviews painter Rodney Dickson about his work and studio practice.

Dickson comments: "These days I am using a lot of paint, not because I set out with an ambition to have that look of thick paint but because I am constantly changing the painting, in every session I paint the entire surface so the painting looks quite different from one session to the next and the paint thickness builds up because of that. I want to work in this way because I want everything to work together and have a fresh look and be done in that place in time... I would like to be shocked or surprised by my work, but it is almost impossible to be surprised by something you made yourself, so this is why I am constantly changing things, creating and destroying, discounting the familiar and hoping for the painting to become organic and evolve rather than be designed."