Mark Dicey is a painter whose interest is abstraction or nonrepresentational work. Colours, shapes, textures, and structural relationships of the everyday inspire his process and the resulting work. For Dicey, the reactionary relationship inherent in the painting process is twofold: (1) day to day observances or memories are filtered, reconfigured, and applied consciously or unconsciously; (2) interacting with the medium involves a process of assessing and pursuing what evolves (observing, guiding, controlling, manipulating, questioning, and confirming). His work and creative process are in constant flux and relational conversation.
Equally as important to Dicey’s explorations is his knowledge of historical and contemporary painters: he notes Hoffman, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaller, Cy Twombly, Jack Bush, and Marion Nicoll as well as Mary Heilmann and Brice Marden as influences. Dicey graduated from ACAD (1983), and has received Canada Council and AFA project grants as well as an Alumni Award of Excellence from ACAD (2002). His work appears in the Alberta Art Foundation, City of Calgary, and numerous private and corporate collections. In 2010, Dicey participated in the MD Banner project for the City of Calgary’s 16th Avenue Urban Upgrade. Selected solo exhibitions include: Traffic, Jarvis Hall Gallery (2017); forming, notations, Signal/Drift, River Tour, Jarvis Hall Gallery (2011-2014); Directions of Thought, Paul Kuhn Gallery (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: What’s Next, Jarvis Hall Gallery (2017); sought, Jarvis Hall Gallery (2015); Never Say Die!, New Edward Gallery (2015; Made In Calgary: The 1980s / the 2000s, Glenbow, Nickle Galleries (2013, 2014); A Show About Nothing, Affinity Gallery (Saskatoon, 2014); Compass Encompass, Louise Gains International Art Gallery, Monmouthshire, UK (2009-10).