About the artist
Sue Dickinson studied B.A. (Fine Arts) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 1981-1983. After running her own graphic design studio and pursuing a career in the advertising industry, she elected to paint on a full-time basis in 1994.
This South African artist has garnered acclaim for her paintings celebrating Africa in all its many manifestations. Sue Dickinson became an “Associate Member” of the Watercolour Society of South Africa (AWSSA) in 1995. Associate Members of the WSSA are South African artists whose work has been selected for a certain number of Open Exhibitions over a limited time period. It is very similar to the American “Signature” members or British “Royal Academy” members.
Sue lives and works in Nelspruit, near the Kruger National Park. She spends a great deal of time carefully observing and recording Africa’s rich diversity of fauna and flora. Her optimism about all things African is celebrated in paintings such as “Days of Miracle and Wonder”, a painting which was a finalist in the Winsor & Newton Millennium Painting Competition.
Sue was awarded membership of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), based in New York, USA. The exhibitions of this Society are internationally recognised as being the benchmark of wildlife art and artists.
Sue’s work appears on several South African postage stamps, including airmail tags commemorating the discovery of Thulamela, the world-famous archaeological site in the Kruger National Park. In 1998, another set of Sue’s paintings, depicting “Early South African History” appeared on postage stamps, postcards and in a prestige booklet.
Style & Format
The composition of Sue’s South African wildlife art is critical; based upon the law of proportion known as the “Golden Mean” – an aesthetic principle used by the ancient Greeks. This South African artist’s focus is the animal itself.
Sue’s preferred painting medium is watercolour. This much under-rated medium is widely acknowledged by artists to be the most difficult.
Her stark, clean images concentrate exclusively on the animal and convey the wide-open spaces of Africa.
Sue Dickinson has exhibited her work extensively in South African galleries such as Gallery on the Square (Sandton), Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town), Vineyard Gallery (Franschhoek), and African Window Gallery (Pretoria) and has taken part in many group exhibitions. She has also exhibited in Italy, France and the USA.
Her exhibitions include:
- From Africa to the Amazon Wildlife Exhibition and Sale, Air Gallery, London, 2003
- South-eastern Wildlife Art Exposition, Charleston, USA, 2002, 2003
- Florida Wildlife Art Exposition, Sarasota, USA, 2003
- Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
- Wildlife Art Gallery, Orlando, USA, 2003
- Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
- Christies Wildlife Art Auction, London
- African Window Museum, Pretoria, SA, 1998
- Norscot Manor Gallery, Sandton, SA, several exhibitions
Sue Dickinson’s South African wildlife watercolours can also be found in the following collections:
- Ivory Lodge
- Royal Malewane Lodge
- Singita Lodges
- Anglo Gold
- Gold Fields of South Africa
- IFM International
- First National Bank
- Novartis Pharmaceuticals
- HRH Queen Elizabeth II
- Nelson Mandela
Sue’s South African artwork is in private and corporate collections in South Africa, England, Germany, Italy, France, USA, Hong Kong, Brazil, Holland and Australia.