Andrew Dickson completed his MFA at Cal State Long Beach where he had the unique privilege of studying drawing and painting with Domenic Cretara and his graduate committee chair, Yu Ji (Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing).  Andrew’s aesthetic ideas and artistic practice were profoundly influenced by these two individuals who both emphasized the significance of drawing from life. 


Much of Andrew’s work can be characterized by a focus on ordinary and unusual locations that are often overlooked. His works are either painted on location or developed in the studio from smaller drawings and painted sketches.  He does not use photography as reference source as he values a direct experience with the visual world.


For the past several years he has developed a body of work on the landscape of the Salton Sea and has been included in serval exhibitions and publications related to the preservation of this unique region of California.  


Andrew’s paintings of the industrial landscape of the Port of Long Beach were the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine.


His work has been exhibited at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China; The Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Wright State University, Dayton OH; Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, OH; The College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA; The Marks Art Center, Palm Desert, CA; and The Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA. 


Andrew currently works as an Associate Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University, Fullerton.  He has coordinated CSU Summer Art courses in Florence, Italy, and Nice, France.  Andrew, his wife, and three children reside in the California Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, Ca.







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