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DR. JENNIFER DICKSON R.A., R.E. (born 1936 – South Africa)


 “Signe”. Etching. Plate size 3 ½” x 2” (89 x 51mm).

Signed, titled & dated ’61 in pencil.

 Provenance:  From the collection of Denis Bowen (1921 – 2006) (Artist and Gallery Owner)                                   IMAGE


Jennifer Dickson was born in Piet Retief, South Africa on 17th September 1936.  She studied painting and printmaking at Goldsmiths’ College School of Art from 1954 to 1959 and  etching under Stanley William Hayter at the Atelier 17 in Paris from 1960 to 1965.  She was Founder and Director of the Graduate Printmaking Programme at brighton College of Art and was instrumental in integrating photography into the programme in the early 1960s.  In 1969 she moved to Canada where she taught at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. 


Her first solo show was at the New Vision Centre, London in 1962, followed by solo exhibitions held annually throughout the world including the UK, Belgium, South Africa, Jamaica, United States, Italy and Canada.  In 1985 the Galerie Dresdnere in Toronto held a 25 year retrospective exhibition of her work.  She has also exhibited widely in group shows throughout the world since 1956. 


In 1965 she was elected Member of the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers and in 1970 was elected Associate of the Royal Academy, rising to full Membership in 1976.  In 1988 she became a Doctor of Laws at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and in 1995 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.  She received the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award from the Council for the Arts in Ottawa in 2002 for her contribution to the arts in Ottawa. 


Work by Jennifer Dickson is in the public collections of the National Gallery, Melbourne; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; the Art Gallery of Sudbury, Ontario; the Art  Bank, Canada, Council, Ottawa; The Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Carelton University, Ottawa; The London Museum, London, Ontario; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; Musée du Quebec; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal; National Film Board of Canada; National Gallery, Ottawa; The Still Photography Division, National Film Board of Canada, Ottawa; University of Alberta, Edmonton; University of British Columbia, Toronto; University of New Brunswick, Fredericton; Birmingham City Art Gallery; British Museum, London;  City Art Gallery, London; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Portsmouth City Art Gallery;  Royal Academy of Arts, London;  South London Art Gallery; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and University of Kent at Canterbury


She has won several prizes including Prix des jeunes Artistes pour Gravure, Paris Biennale in 1963;

The George A Reid Award, Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1973; A Special Edition Purchase Award, World Print Competition, San Francisco Museum of Art in 1973; the Walter Moos Award at the First Canadian Biennale of Prints and Drawings in 1978 and a Biennale Prize at the 5th Norweigan International print Biennale in 1980