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When painter and art historian Richard Yeomans decided he would like to write a critical survey of Colin Dick's paintings, he found he had set himself an epic task. Colin has been a working painter from the age — at his first commission — of fourteen until the present… and still going. His output is unstoppable and so paintings and drawings in various collections and his own studio make up a formidable oeuvre in size and scope. Dr Yeomans spent more than a year in often weekly interviews with Colin and in selecting the works to illustrate his biography.

In a mostly chronological account, he has identified recurring themes in Colin Dick’s work from landscape (a predominant interest) and the domestic to travel and popular events such as circuses, fairs and festivals. He analyses style and mood perceptively and provides interesting aesthetic context. This is a major contribution to an appreciation of a life’s work although, as Colin says, plenty of material remains for Volume Two…

Mainly figurative but often experimental, in media ranging from oils, acrylics and water colours to scene painters’ dyes and even, in one example, to coffee, Colin Dick believes that his work is without the angst and cynicism that marks the approach of some of his contemporaries. He is a painter who celebrates life and Dr Yeomans’ richly illustrated book is a splendid tribute to a visual expression of optimism.

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