Posts Tagged ‘photorealism’

Artist of the moment…….Jeremy Dickinson

Thought we had better explore the auto in art and we start here.

Jeremy Dickinson is a British artist renowned for his paintings of small vehicles he played with as a child. In my childhood nothing was better than burning the plastic rubber off a brand newly opened Matchbox toy car! Dickinson makes some surprising compositions using these small works. His design skills are superb and Dickinson is able to manipulate color by painting a brand new model, or by using an older more beat up version you might find on the Antiques Roadshow.

Jeremy Dickinson was born in Halifax, England in the year 1963. For his artistic education Dickinson attended the York College of Art. In addition he attended Goldsmith’s College located in London, England.

If you enjoy this genre of toy cars be sure and check out my post on artist Scott Paulk. Paulk also paints many toys including robots and star guns you might have seen on the cartoon Buck Rodgers.

The artist has been a long time fan of any mode of transportation. He first found amusement in the genre by painting public buses and also maps he remembered from his childhood adventures. Dickinson began working on this series in 1993.

Dickinson has amassed a large collection of these tiny toys, he has more 6,000 of them!

The artist is based out of London, England.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Looking at the marvelous works of Dickinson makes me wish I had spent more time drawing and painting my cars than playing with them!


Artist of the moment…….Charles Ford

Charles Ford is a photorealist painter born in Dallas, Texas in the year 1941.

For his collegiate education Ford attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

He works mainly in acrylics.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Other  great artists working in this genre is Richard Estes and Raphaella Spence.

Sorry not to write as much the past couple of days, my computer has been under siege from a virus and it takes much longer to gather information than normal! I had to finish this post at work as I am unable to upload any images from my home computer. I have still been doing my daily art research, due to technology issues I am just unable to post much.

Thanks for reading!


Awesome Acrylic Artist series…..Don Eddy

Low priced range: prints $400

High priced range: unavailable

A short clip with Don Eddy below.

The artist was born in 1944 in Long Beach,  California.  Attended college in Hawaii where he earned a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. The artist did some post graduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbera.  Now lives and works in New York City.

Land based gallery: Nancy Hoffman Gallery New York City

On-line gallery: The link will lead the viewer to his remarkable colored pencil drawings.  Wow!!!    :

Mediums used: colored pencils, photography, acrylics

Surfaces used: paper, canvas (makes own canvases with unique shapes)

The artist has a very unique style of painting. He first paints the entire canvas with green, purple, and brown dots of color. Then he starts to enrich the color. The artist also uses an airbrush, so I enjoy this hands on approach vs. digital painting.

He is best known for city scenes in the 70s and 80s. In recent years he has experimented with photography doing extreme close up shots of images with spectacular color and reflection. Water is a large part of his body of work in  photography.

The artist, even though a photo realist, has developed his own style of painting. His compositions are also fantastic as he paints many scenes with two, three, four, or more panels. One panel of these works could stand as a wonderful painting by itself, but the artist cleverly incorporates all the panels so they work well and cause the viewer to think how the panels might be connected.

A great book covering four decades of paintings by the artist can be found on for around $3.00 before shipping fees. The name of  the book is Don Eddy, The Art of Paradox and the cover is in the gallery above.

How about painting on a canvas shaped differently than what you are used to, perhaps a circular composition.

Many photo realist painters use only one photograph to work maybe 90% of a painting. The artist uses sometimes as many as forty photos to make one composition.

Work is owned by private collectors as well as museums.

Happy painting!