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Intuitive Artist Greg Dickerson to Exhibit at Matthew Rachman Gallery

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June 19, 2016
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Artworks of pastoral colors, line and complex patterns, created from graphic mark-making and an array of fabric designs, will be the focus of Greg Dickerson’s latest exhibition entitled Intuition, going on view soon at Matthew Rachman Gallery. Focusing primarily on tactile materials and painting on surfaces, the intuitive artist creates art driven by instinct, bringing attention to ”formal art principals and a visual language used to create a pleasing compositional arrangement.” The Chicago audience will be able to enjoy 28 of his pieces ranging in size and color intensity and observe how their elements lead to areas of spatial reference and anthropomorphic imagery.

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Left: Greg Dickerson – #7, 2011. Mixed Media on Wood, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric, 22 x 20 / Right: Greg Dickerson – MR #1, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint and Oil Pastel, 11.75 x 11.75. Photography by Nathaniel Smith, courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery

Creative Practice of an Intuitive Artist

Greg Dickerson’s new work evokes a kind of child-like energy in which institutional colors mix with vibrant hues and graphics pair with fabrics. As a result, there is a juxtaposition between forms, colors and materials, based on pure intuitiveness on the creative process. Composed using mixed media, the pieces of Greg Dickerson incorporate fabrics that the artist inherited from his grandmother. For him, these act like a bucket of paint poured onto the surface, signifying the breaking of borders. In his large-scale works, the intuitive artist Greg Dickerson isolates his texture and color through smaller studies; for any given show, he creates a body of over two hundred of them. They serve as a sort of a layered story-tellers, as one is a word, two make a sentence, three form a paragraph… and so on, until the story unfolds.

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Left: Greg Dickerson – MR #3, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint and Oil Pastel, 10.5 x 13.5 / Right: Greg Dickerson – #21, 2011. Mixed Media on Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric, 28.5 x 38.5. Photography by Nathaniel Smith, courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery

Greg Dickerson – A Playful Abstraction

An Adjunct Professor at St. Kate’s University, Anoka Ramsey Community College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, from which he also received his Master of Fine Arts Degree, Greg Dickerson has been making art for the past two decades. Over the years, he got drawn to the idea of using tactile materials and combining them with paint on supports like wood panels and canvas. His art often features both rough and smooth edges, accidental “responses” and linear drawings, alluding to the artist’s experimental nature and rich experience. Relying on immediacy, Greg Dickerson’s practice involves conceptual processes and playful abstractions, challenging the perception of shape and form within a particular genre of painting.

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Left: Greg Dickerson – Squares #23, 2011. Mixed Media on Wood, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric, 8 x 8 / Right: Greg Dickerson – Squares #31, 2011. Mixed Media on Wood, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric, 8 x 8. Photography by Nathaniel Smith, courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery

The Intuition Exhibition at Matthew Rachman Gallery

Presented by Tracy Hickman, Kim Kutnick, Jill Maremont, Colin Falco, Chicago House and Matthew Rachman Gallery, Intuition, an exhibition of works by Greg Dickerson, will be on view from July 15 through September 4, 2016, in Chicago, USA. The VIP Preview is scheduled for July 15 from 6pm to 7pm, while the public viewing will take place from 7pm to 10pm. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Chicago House supporting programming for those disenfranchised by HIV.

Featured images in slider: Greg Dickerson – MR #25, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric, 35 x 20; Greg Dickerson – MR #26, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric; Left: Greg Dickerson – MR #20, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint and Oil Pastel, 20 x 20 / Right: Greg Dickerson – MR #19, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint and Oil Pastel, 18 x 18; Left: Greg Dickerson – MR #14, 2016. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastel and Fabric, 11.5 x 9 / Right: Greg Dickerson – MR #17, 2009. Mixed Media on Board, Acrylic Paint and Oil Pastel, 24 x 24. Photography by Nathaniel Smith, courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery.