artist joel dickens

"A Current Affair" by Joel Dickens.

"Another Friday Night" Joel Dickens.

"St Peter" Joel Dickens.

The artist.

You can't miss Joel S Dickens' artworks. That's what happened as D and I were walking around Art Sydney late last year. One of his "King" paintings caught our eye - well, it kind of jumped off the wall saying "look at me!" - and we were wondering how we could rustle up the money to buy it. Well, that didn't quite work out so we were eager to see Joel's latest exhibition at the Arthouse Gallery in Sydney's Rushcutter's Bay on Wednesday night. Despite a downpour of rain and a hold up with stretch Hummer limo (another story altogether - see, we made it inside into the bright, colourful world of Joel's mind manifested onto the canvas, only to realise red sale stickers were next to all of our favourite pieces. Looks like we have to exercise a little more patience (and perhaps save a few more pennies as his works are sure to increase in value).

What five words best describe you? I'm not too sure. Kate might say I'm alright. My mum thinks I'm a genius.
What's your proudest achievement? Buying our dog from the pound, though sometimes he's closer than he thinks to going back.
Who inspires you? My mother, for remaining true to herself her whole life.
What are you passionate about? Family, friends and Formula One (although I try to keep that quiet). Oh... and painting. And writing. And cats.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? To always test the strength of fences before you sit on them. And crickets have ears on their knees, although that's more of a fact.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My nan: I'd get her to repeat those war stories and listen to them this time.
What are you excited about? A big trip overseas, Buenos Aires maybe... and the Trans Siberian railway - should be good inspiration for my next series. We're also visiting friends and family in London, which will be great. And we're hoping to spend Kate's birthday in Paris.
What's next? Another show coming up on the 2nd April in Australia Square, should be a fun night with a different crowd seeing my work. Then rest, I think, lots of reading. Maybe write a book.

Images courtesy of Joel S Dickens and Arthouse Gallery.

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