Upcoming exhibition of new abstract paintings by Calgary painter Mark Dicey.
Calgary painter Mark Dicey was born in 1959 and graduated from the Alberta College of Art in 1983.
Dicey has been described as a community builder, dedicating himself for over 30 years to his diverse art practice and the Calgary arts community. Since 1985, he has exhibited his work extensively in Calgary, Banff, Lethbridge and Edmonton. Most recently in 2018, the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary curated a solo exhibition (with catalogue) for Dicey, which included recent paintings as well as a display of works on paper and sketchbooks that fuel the paintings.
An avid drawer, Dicey sketches daily. The sketchbooks go with him everywhere and act as the foundation for his studio painting. Collaboration with other artists has also been a large part of his practice through the years. Dicey is part of a drawing trio, “Drunken Paw”, and co-founded the Elephant Artist Relief, a fund that supports Calgary artists who need emergency help for health issues. As a young artist, Dicey was active in Calgary’s experimental artist-run centres and has a history of performance, installation, music, teaching and curating. Painting, however, with an emphasis on abstraction, has been the main focus of Dicey’s art practice for more than 35 years.
His work is in the collections of the Canadian Embassy to Belgium, Alberta Art Foundation, Royal Bank of Canada, City of Calgary, and Nickle Galleries.