b. 1974 -

Joel Dickens (b. 1974) was born in London, grew up in Essex and studied Fine Art in the Lake District. Upon graduating he returned to London, working and exhibiting there for a number of years before moving to Sydney in 2003.

Whilst in London, Dickens exhibited consistently, mostly around Shoreditch and London’s East End. His raw and childlike paintings were admired by members of the Stuckist movement and he exhibited alongside them in a number of shows at Gallery 108 and Compton Gallery.

In 2005, Dickens was picked up by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, where he had three successful solo exhibitions. He also took part in the Curwoods residency which lead to a sizeable exhibition in Australia Square. His work was also exhibited and sold through Branco Gallery, Buenos Aires. In 2012, a stylistic shift in his work lead to a parting of ways with Arthouse Gallery, but he continued to exhibit through the Lofi Collective, an artist-run initiative comprising mostly of graffiti and street artists.

Joel Dickens, When the elephant mistook the rhino for an elephant (2017), Acrylic & oil on canvas, 112 x 91cm


Dickens spent 2 years mentoring Indigenous Artists as Artist in Residence, in Hopevale, Far North Queensland. This resulted in a show he curated at The Tate in Glebe, Sydney. He was also mentor to a group of aspiring artists at the Cabramatta Migrant Centre, facilitating an exhibition of ArtWest’s work at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Over the past few years Dickens has spent time developing his purely abstract style. Through his process, Dickens consciously challenges himself and his usual practice in an effort to acknowledge the complexities of adulthood, while referencing the sense of spontaneity and lack of inhibition that is habitual to youth. In his bright, raw works he reconciles a personal truth that is both personal and broadly relatable in that nothing can really be black and white. The works exists in the realm of thought where one can simultaneously acknowledge multiple possibilities while never fully submitting to one.


PIERMARQ* is excited for solo show Joel Dickens – Like Noise From A Party You’re Not Invited To – opening February, 2018.



2017  Vandal Gallery, Redfern, Sydney (solo)
2014  ‘The Tate’, (Lo-Fi Collective), Glebe, Sydney (solo)
2013  Off The Kerb Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne (solo)
2012  Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (solo)
2012  The Tate, Glebe, Sydney (solo)
2012  Lower-Fi, Surry Hills, Sydney (solo)
2011  Lo-Fi, Taylor Square, Sydney (solo)
2010  Branco Gallerie, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)
2010  Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Sydney – Charity (solo)
2009  Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (solo)
2009  Branco Gallerie, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (group)
2008  Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (solo)
2008  Australia Square Building Foyer, CBD, Sydney (group)
2008  (Work auctioned by Tim Goodman of Bonham and Goodman for Sydney Rotary Club)
2008  Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Sydney – Charity show
2008  Gallery 52, London Fields, London (group)
2008  Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, Sydney (group)
2007  Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (solo)
2006  Monster Children Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney (group)
2006  Canvas Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney (group)
2006  Orange Regional Gallery, Orange (group)
2006  Arthouse Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney (group)
2006  New View Gallery, Newtown, Sydney (solo)
2005  Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney (solo)
2004  Pauline Wall, Victoria Park, London (solo)
2003  The Pure Gallery, Shoreditch, London (group)
2003  Barbaran, London Fields, London (group)
2003  Gallery on the park, Victoria Park, London (solo)
2003  Transition, Victoria Park, London (group)
2002  BRB, Bethnal Green, London (solo)
2002  Salon des Arts, Kensington, London (group)
2002  Gallery 108, Shoreditch, London (solo)
2001  Jaqueline Erbe Gallery, Chelsea, London (solo)
2001 Transition, Victoria Park, London (group)
2001  Gallery 108, Shoreditch, London (group)
2000  Apart, Portobello, London (group)
2000 Map Gallery, Shoreditch, London (solo)
1999  Poetry Place Gallery, Covent Garden, London (solo)
1999  Map Gallery, Shoreditch (group)
1998  Degrees of Excellence, Carlisle, Cumbria, England – Selected Graduate Show


1995 – 1998  Cumbria College of Art, Cumbria, England, Fine Art BA (Hons) 1:1


Looking Down Under – Australian Contemporary Art
(Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton World Art Collection)
The Brag
Home and Beautiful Magazine
Sydney Morning Herald
Real Living Magazine
Art Collector
Inner West Courier

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Artist Joel Dickens
Joel Dickens, It’s a myth that hyenas don’t hurt (2017) Acrylic & oil on canvas 112 x 91cm
Joel Dickens, Leaving in a number of directions(2017) Acrylic & oil on canvas 112 x 91cm
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