the past 4 decades
Prolog: Marlene Dickerson
It all started back in about 1973 when Marlene Dickerson’s was given a book called ‘The Impressionists’ by William Gaunt. The interest was immediate and was sparked by a paintings by Degar which featured a rowing boat with two people.
This inspired Marlene to put paint to board and her inherent talent was on display for all to see.
Encouraged by her husband Chris, she enrolled in an art course at the Johannesburg Technical College under the tuition of Phil Botha. Phil Botha was so impressed by Marlenes first efforts based on the Degas paintings that he gave her the nickname of ‘Van Gochi’ (or little van Goch) and this stuck for the 3 years that she spent at the technical college (1973 to 1976).
Marlene has always had a strong interest in line and form with a particular interest in the beauty of creation. So she enrolled in a course by George Boys where the subjects were nudes (usually female). Her talent and eye for beauty are clearly demonstrated in her Nudes.
At one point Marlene started sculpture and found a strong interest in this art form but was ultimately drawn back to painting and drawing. There are no known examples of Marlene’s sculpture in existence.
The rest is history and the many hours of hard work coupled with enormous talent are on display in this website for all to see.
I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.