Oscillating between fiction and illusion, Dickon Drury’s images embrace the uncanny as a vehicle for investigating the practice of painting. Best known for his large-scale oil paintings, Drury also makes prints, pastel drawings and watercolours.
Fluid lines and vibrant fields of colour play a key role in the construction of his images, which include recurring liminal motifs of shadow, reflection, and refraction. The world he creates is an off-kilter echo of our own. Perspectives are bent while picture planes are flattened and littered with visual puns and nods to art history in the form of postcards or posters.
Drury’s recent work employs a saturated palette to depict unpopulated interior spaces. Traditional still-life tropes sit alongside imagined artworks, often in a state of production, as if an unseen maker has stepped out of frame.
Everyday objects such as an applecore, cigarette butt, or pair of scissors transcend their traditional semiotic associations and gesture toward the likes of René Magritte, Philip Guston or Henri Matisse, while the depiction of artists’ tools, like canvas pliers, sketchbooks or pencils, implies the paintings possess a self-awareness of their own making.
Dickon Drury (b. 1986) completed a BFA in Fine Art Painting at Falmouth College of Art before graduating from his MFA in Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2016. Recent solo shows were held at: Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger (2018); Frutta, Rome (2017); and Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2016).
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Right now, it’s Nicole Eisenman.
Which work of art you wished you owned? The first thing that comes to mind is the Christopher Wood self-portrait at Kettle’s Yard.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Paint.
Describe your studio in three words: Really good light.
Do you collect anything? Studio pottery, art by my friends and records.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? All sorts. At the moment it’s grungey female artists. Camp Cope, Hop Along, Big Thief, Girlpool, Chastity Belt etc.