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artist and photographer

Jennifer Joan Dickson, American graphics designer. Recipient Prix de Jeunes Artistes pour Gravure, Biennale de Paris, 1963, Special Purchase award, World Print Competition, San Francisco Museum Art, 1974, Biennale prize, 5th Norwegian International Print Biennale, 1980; scholar, French Government. Fellow: Royal Society Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Academician Royal Academy Arts (London).

Background

Dickson, Jennifer Joan was born on September 17, 1936 in Piet Retief, South Africa. Arrived in Canada, 1969, naturalized, 1974. Daughter of John Liston and Margaret Joan (Turner) Dickson.

Education

Student, Goldsmiths' College School Art, University London, 1954—1959. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Alberta, Edmonton, 1988.

Career

in six countries and participated in more than 350 group exhbns; works in numerous public collections in Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and S. Africa including National Gallery of Canada, Metropolitan Museum, New York, British Museum, London and Hermitage Museum, Leningrad; Fellow, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers; Honorary Doctor of Laws (University of Alberta) 1988; aw'ards include Prix de Jeunes Artistes pour Gravure, Biennale de Paris 1963, Special Purchase She had already established an international reputation as an artist before coming to Canada in 1969. After immigrating to Canada, she settled in Montreal and quickly became involved in the local art community, making her mark as a known Canadian artist. Dickson was elected as a Royal Academician in 1976.

She currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. A well-respected lecturer and former faculty member at the University of Ottawa, Dickson has done many insightful talks on the evolution of garden aesthetics and how this intersects with cultural practices, she has always made time to mentor students and young artists. A world traveler, Dickson has photographed natural and man made landscapes in Canada, the U.S., England, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Morocco.

Dickson is famous for her printmaking techniques, through which she combines silkscreen, etching, aquatint, and collograph. Digital pictures of her art collections can be found at:.

Achievements

  • in six countries and participated in more than 350 group exhbns; works in numerous public collections in Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and S. Africa including National Gallery of Canada, Metropolitan Museum, New York, British Museum, London and Hermitage Museum, Leningrad; Fellow, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers; Honorary Doctor of Laws (University of Alberta) 1988; aw'ards include Prix de Jeunes Artistes pour Gravure, Biennale de Paris 1963, Special Purchase Associate Atelier 17, Paris, 1960—1965. Teacher Brighton College Art, England, 1961—1968, University Würzburg.I., Jamaica, 1968, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1972, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada, 1970—1971, 1982—1983, Ohio University, Athens, 1973, 1979, University Southern Illinois, Macomb, 1973, California State University, Sacramento, 1974, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1976, University Ottawa, Canada, 1980—1983. Visiting artist Center for Photograph Studies, Louisville, 1973, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1977—1978, University British Columbia, 1978, University Victoria, 1979, Emily Carr College Art, Vancouver, 1979, Art Academy Cincinnati, 1980, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, 1981, University Moncton, 1981, Royal Academy Schools, London, 1981.

    With Canada Council & Still Photography division National Film Board Canada, since 1975.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include New Vision Centre, London, 1962, Editions Alecto, Print Centre, 1964, Adler Fielding Gallery, Johannesburg, Republic of Africa, 1965, Zwemmer Gallery, London, 1966, Cultural Centre, St. Peter's Abbey Museum, Ghent, Belgium, 1967, University Würzburg. I., Jamaica, 1969, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, 1970, 1982, Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto, 1971, Madison Art Centre, Wisconsin, 1972, Oxford Gallery, England, 1973, Gallery 1640, Montreal, 1974, National Film Board Photo Gallery, Ottawa, 1975, 1980, Galerie Notkin 1640, Montreal, 1976, Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, 1977, Galerie Dreadnere, Toronto, 1978, MacKenzie Gallery, Trent University, Peterborough, 1981, Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, 1983, exhibitions include Annual Exhibition Royal Society Painter-Etchers and Engravers, London and Royal Academy Arts Summer Exhibition, London, since 1956, exhibited in group shows at United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, France, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Poland, Japan, Korea, Spain, Norway, Italy, German Democratic Republic, Belgium, since 1959, Represented in permanent collections National Gallery Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, National Film Board Canada, Musee d'art contemporain, Montreal Museum Fine Arts, London Museum, Ontario, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Philadelphia Museum Art, Cincinnati Museum Art, Dallas Museum Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Hermitage Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, Museum Contemporary Art, Frederickstad, Norway, Skopje, Yugoslavia, National Gallery Art, Wellington, New Zealand, National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Cape Town, Republic of Africa, principal works include Genesis, 1966, Alchemic Images, 1968, Song of Songs, 1970, Sweet Death and Other Pleasures, 1972, Body Perceptions, 1974-1975, The Secret Garden, 1976, Openings, 1977, The Earthly Paradise, 1980, Il Tempo Classico, 1981, Italian Gardens, 1982, L'Epoca Classica, 1983, Grecian Odes, 1983, Versailles: Through the Crystal Wall, 1983, Photographs of Versailles reproduced in The Little Flowers of Madame de Montespan (poetry, Jane Urquart), 1984, The Hospital for Wounded Angels, 1987, The Gardens of Desire, 1988.

Membership

Fellow: Royal Society Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Academician Royal Academy Arts (London).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Historic gardens, opera, films.

Connections

Married Ronald Andrew Sweetman, April 13, 1962. 1 child William David.

father:
John Liston Dickson

mother:
Margaret Joan (Turner) Dickson

spouse:
Ronald Andrew Sweetman

child:
William David Dickson