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. 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 landscape paintings are usually painted on location over multiple days or developed in the studio from smaller drawings and painted sketches. Photographic references are rarely used in the development of his work as Andrew values the particular visual qualities that can only be attained through a direct observation of the 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.
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 is a Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University, Fullerton. He has coordinated CSU Summer Art courses in the US, Florence, Italy, and Nice, France and Andrew served as the Resident Director of the California State University's International Program in Florence, Italy 2018-19. Andrew, his wife, and three children reside in Long Beach, CA.