Jeremy Dickinson

A contemporary British artist known for his photorealistic still-life paintings of toy vehicles. Arranged in stacks, the colorful toys become stand-ins for abstract elements. Born in 1963 in Halifax, United Kingdom, he studied at York College of Art and Goldsmith’s College. In 1993, inspired by vintage photographs and influenced by Photorealism, Dickinson began painting portraits of buses which would later become part of his ongoing series, Civic Pride. This work led him to consider his own collection of small toy vehicles as subject matter. Using the approximately 6,000 toys he has accumulated, Dickinson constructs compositions of stacks and patterns with juxtaposing colors and viewpoints. All of the toy vehicles show evidence of past play, with chips, dents, and rust. The artist currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom. - Artnet