FORTY new artworks by the late Robert Dickerson have been donated to the Newcastle Art Gallery. The additions, created between 1995 and 2011, draw inspiration from the Newcastle area.
An exhibition of the new pieces, titled Robert Dickerson; Off the Canvas, will be held later this month. The additions are to be displayed alongside the gallery's existing holdings.
Newcastle Art Gallery director Lauretta Morton is thrilled to accept new works from someone she calls "one of Australia's most recognised figurative artists".
"This exhibition celebrates the continued extraordinary generosity of the artist's family to Newcastle Art Gallery, with our collection now covering more than five decades of his enduring life-long practice," she said.
Dickerson's direct family are behind the gift, and his son Sam Dickerson says they are excited to share the pieces with locals.
"Bob would be very happy to know that his work is accessible to the 'real people' of Newcastle and to all people in a city that has always carried a genuine, tough, inner beauty, that he was keen to replicate in the company he kept," Sam Dickerson said.
"Newcastle Art Gallery's collection is truly rare in terms of the oeuvre of Robert Dickerson and now has the single largest collection of Dickerson works. No other collection can boast such a comprehensive catalogue," he added.
The exhibition offers free entry and will be open from August 24 to October 13.
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