Jeremy Dickinson  (British, 1963) 

Jeremy Dickinson (British, b.1963) is a still-life painter best known for colorful arrangements of his vast toy car, truck, and bus collection. Dickinson was born in Halifax, England, where his interest in buses was first inspired by his frequent use of public transportation. He studied at York College of Art and Goldsmith's College, and began his career exploring issues of memory by painting detailed copies of maps memorized from childhood. His first public exhibition took place in 1991 at the Whitechapel Open Studios in London. In 1993, inspired by vintage photographs and influenced by Photorealism, Dickinson began painting portraits of buses which would later become part of his ongoing series, Civic Pride.

This work led him to consider his own collection of small toy vehicles as subject matter. Using the approximately 6,000 toys he has accumulated, Dickinson constructs compositions of stacks and patterns with juxtaposing colors and viewpoints. All of the toy vehicles show evidence of past play, with chips, dents, and rust. Some belonged to Dickinson as a child but the majority were bought from flea markets. Painted from life, his Stack, Map, and Skyride series document his collection and deal with memory, transportation, community, and local identities.

Dickinson co-designed the Royal Mail Buses Stamps in 2001. A ten-year survey exhibition of his paintings was shown at Horsens Kunstmuseum in Denmark in 2004. Dickinson has a long international exhibition history of both solo and group shows. His recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, Seomi & Tuus in Seoul, Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie Xippas in Athens, and Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York.

Dickinson currently lives and works in London.

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Jeremy Dickinson, 3 Vehicle Junkyard Stack


Jeremy Dickinson
3 Vehicle Junkyard Stack

Galerie Xippas
Jeremy Dickinson, Coastal Communities Wall Map


Jeremy Dickinson
Coastal Communities Wall Map

Galerie Xippas
Jeremy Dickinson, Recent Acquisitions (Tekno Mixer Autostack)


Jeremy Dickinson
Recent Acquisitions (Tekno Mixer Autostack)

Galerie Xippas
Jeremy Dickinson, Tunnel through Landscape


Jeremy Dickinson
Tunnel through Landscape

Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Jeremy Dickinson, The Repainted Crane


Jeremy Dickinson
The Repainted Crane

Anthony Meier Fine Arts
Jeremy Dickinson, Two Tones (Somerset Skyride)


Jeremy Dickinson
Two Tones (Somerset Skyride)

Anthony Meier Fine Arts
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Jeremy Dickinson, Performance Stack


Jeremy Dickinson
Performance Stack, 2003
oil, acrylic on canvas


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Jeremy Dickinson, Buses No. 2


Jeremy Dickinson
Buses No. 2, 1999
oil and acrylic on canvas


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Jeremy Dickinson, Double Omnibus Wall Map (London & the North)


Jeremy Dickinson
Double Omnibus Wall Map (London & the North), 2007
oil and acrylic on canvas


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1963   Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England
1982 - 1983   York College of Arts and Technology
1983 - 1986   Goldsmith's College, London, Great-Britain.
1995   Illustrated ‘The Aston Martin DB3S’, Published by Palawan Press, London, England
2001   Co-designed Royal Mail Buses Stamps, released 15 May 2001
  Lives and works in London, England
2011   Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco (solo)
2009   Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece (solo)
2008   Fishbowl Histories, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2007   Pleins Phares / Art Contemporain et automobiles, commissaire : Fabienne Fulcheri, Cité de l'automobile / Musée national - collection Schlumpf, Mulhouse, France (21 septembre-31 janvier).
2007   Galerie Xippas, Paris, France 27 oct – 8 déc
2006   10th Anniversary, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006   New and Almost New, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
2006   See Jane Run, Contemporary Art about Childhood (and other cozy things), Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
2006   AMERICAN ICON SERIES – Moved by the Machine: Inspired by the Automobile, Curated by Josephine Shea, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa
2006   Welcome Home, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York
2006   Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA (solo)
2006   Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2005   Galerie Xippas, Paris, France (solo)
2005   Gallery Seomi, Seoul, Korea
2005   TKGY at lammfromm, Tokyo
2005   New Prints, TKGY at lammfromm, Tokyo
2004   Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece (solo)
2004   1:76 Scale, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2004   Misia Gallery, Takamatsu, Japan (solo)
2004   Bus Park, Horsens Kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark (solo)
2004   Horsens Museum, Denmark (Solo)
2003   Hammer Sidi, London, UK
2003   Bus Park, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003   On, Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece
2003   The Miniature Show, Graystone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003   Yours Truly, Galerie Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003   Back to the Roots, Galerie Axel Thieme, Darmstadt, Germany
2002   Playground, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA
2002   ‘Peintures - contrainte ou recette’, L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
2002   Whimsey II Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2002   Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2002   Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
2002   Autojumbel, Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY, NY (solo)
2002   Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   Gallery Seomi, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2001   Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, USA (Solo)
2001   Galerie Xippas, Paris, France (Solo)
2001   Galerie Xippas, Paris (solo)
2001   Summertime, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH
2001   All of my Heart, Gallery Hotel Art, Florence, Italy
2001   20 Jahre, Gallery Axel Thieme, Darmstadt
2001   Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
2000   Petty Crimes, Jeremy Dickinson, Laing Art Gallery
2000   Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (October) (Solo)
2000   'Autojumble', Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA
2000   Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2000   Galerie Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
1999   Galerie Xippas Paris, France (solo)
1999   Lotta Hammer Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
1999   Galerie Axel Thieme Darmstadt, Germany (solo)
1999   John Moores 21, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Great Britain
1999   Six British Artists, Galerie Axel Thieme Darmstadt, Germany
1998   Empty Container, Refusalon San Francisco, CA
1998   Angles Gallery Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1998   Anthony Meier Fine Arts San Francisco, CA (solo)
1998   Centro Culturale Ca La Ghironda Bologne
1998   Figuring It Out, 100 Park Lane, London, England
1997   Recent Paintings, Velge et Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1996   Demolition Derby, Faggionato Fine Arts, London, England (solo)
1996   Something Else, Exmouth Market Londres, Great Britain
1995   That's not the way to do it, University of Northumbria Newcastle, Great Britain
1995   New Paintings, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1995   Fleet Histories, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1995   Obsession, curated by Stephen Hepworth, The Tannery, London, England
1994   The Pleasures of Paint, Nancy Solomon Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1994   Civic Pride Paintings, Cohen Gallery, New York, NY
1993   Project Room, Cohen Gallery, New York, NY
1993   Four Artists, 20 Dering Street, London, England
1993   Jeremy Dickinson and Bernadette Bentley, OES Gallery, London, England
1993   Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London, England
1991   Whitechapel Open Studios, London, England
2006    Taylor, Robert, “Childhood symbols pack a punch in artists’ hands,” Contra Costa Times, 4 May 2006.
2005    Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2005-06 (illustrated)
2005    “Jeremy Dickinson,” Privilège: Lotte Hotel Membership Magazine, Seoul, No. 17, August 2005, Exhibitions Section, pages 118 – 120.
2004    “Bus Park,” Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark, exhibition catalogue (illustrated)
2004    “Ta’ Bussen,” Horsens Folkeblad, September 18, p 6
2004    Koroxenidis, Alexandra. “Piecing Together an Image,” Kathimerini, Athens, 6 December 2004, Life/Visual Arts Section, page 6.
2004    Panagoulis, Stathis. “Jouant avec Jeremy Dickinson,” Time Out Athens, 21-27 October 2004, page 82.
2003    “Painting Reincarnation,” BT Magazine, Tokyo, March 2003, page 70.
2002    “Shopping Boogie-Woogie,” Brutus Magazine, Tokyo, December 2002, page 31.
2002    Kojima, Yayoi. “Art London: Jeremy Dickinson,” Brutus Magazine, Tokyo, November 2002, page 163.
2002    ‘Peintures – contrainte ou recette’, L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, exhibition catalogue (illustrated)
2001    “Côtoiements Impobables,” Automobiles Classiques, no. 119, December 2001/January 2002, page 119.
2001    Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne. “Summer assortment makes fine bouquet for gallery,” The Columbus Dispatch, Visual Arts section, Sunday, July 8, 2001.
2001    H.F. Debailleux, ‘Des Autos Nickel-Chrome’, Liberation, February
2001    ‘Dickinson et Belin’ Vogue, March p 58 (French Edition)
2001    ‘Philately will get the bus everywhere’, Buses Magazine, May
2001    Alan G. Artner, ‘Art Chicago Paints Surprises’, Chicago Tribune
2000    ‘Petty Crimes’, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, exhibition catalogue
2000    ‘What is Art?’ Le Millenium, Tokyo, issue 30
2000    Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. “Petty Crimes,” exhibition catalogue. Ill.
2000    So-En Magazine, Tokyo, March
1999    Judge, John. “Review,” Zing Magazine, winter edition 1999.
1999    Galerie Xippas, Paris. “Jeremy Dickinson,” exhibition catalogue, pp. 58 & 59. Ill.
1999    “Love Art, Feed Mammon,” Alternative Investments, The Observer, 28 November 1999. p. 6.
1999    “Jeremy Dickinson Malt Autos,” Darmstadte Kulturnachrichten, October 1999. p. 28.
1999    “Jeremy Dickinson,” Rhein Main Zeitung, Kultur, 24 September 1999.
1999    Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. “John Moores 21,” exhibition catalogue. Ill.
1998    “Jeremy Dickinson” The Guide, Los Angeles Magazine, June 1998. pp. 6 & 130.
1998    Dailey, Meghan. “Review: Jeremy Dickinson @ Angles Gallery,” Art Forum, October 1998. p. 130.
1998    Fondazione di Ca La Ghironda, Bologna. “Exhibition Catalogue,” essay by Francesco Martani.
1996    Cross, Andrew. “Obsession,” Art Monthly, February 1996. pp. 31-32.
1996    Herbert, Martin. “Jeremy Dickinson,” Time Out, 30 October – 6 November 1996. p. 54.
1996    Barrett, David. “Something Else,” Frieze, November 1996.
1995    Morais, Richard C. “Pickled Sheep and Bullet Holes,” Forbes, 13 February 1995. p. 200.
1995    Rugoff, Ralph. “Small Worlds: It’s a Tiny Town,” L.A. Weekly, 14 April – 20 April 1995. p. 39.
1995    Webber, Brad. “Fleet of Dreams,” Chicago Tribune, 16 April 1995. Tempo section, p. 1.
1995    Levin, Kim. “Choices,” Village Voice, 19 December 1995. p. 9.
1994    Saltz, Jerry. “A Year in the Life of Painting,” Art in America, October 1994. pp. 90 – 109.
1994    Levin, Kim. “Jeremy Dickinson,” Village Voice, 4 October 1994.
1994    “Preview: A Brief History of Buses,” New York Magazine, 10 October 1994.
1993    Kent, Sarah. “Four Artists,” Time Out London, 26 May 1993.
1993    Odling-Smee, James. “Wonderful Life,” Art Monthly, October 1993. p. 26.
1993    Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: Jeremy Dickinson, Civic Pride Paintings,” New York Times, 15 October 1993.