Growing up in inner-city Sydney during the Great Depression, Dickerson left school at the age of 14. He turned his hand at a variety of jobs, including working in various factories, professional boxing, as a member of the RAAF and green keeping – painting in his spare time using any available material. The hardships that Dickerson went through in these early years of his career are evident in his work, a sense of vulnerability, isolation, loneliness as well as humour are all hallmarks of his paintings.
Dickerson’s work comments on aspects of the human condition within the landscape. However, for a subject matter that would commonly evoke sympathy in an audience, all sentimentality is eschewed by an economy of perfectly blended colour. He was a member of the 1959 Antipodeans group.
Dickerson has works in most regional gallery collections and important corporate collections in Australia including: National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art & Design, Melbourne, Newcastle Region Art Museum, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia, University of Sydney, Heide Art Gallery, Melbourne; ARTBANK.
Robert Dickerson etchings screenprints silkscreen art works signed lower right, at Etching House Affordable Art fair Melbourne 2011.