Chesterfield artist with bipolar condition puts on his first public exhibition of paintings

Sue Dickins is holding her first art exhibition at West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, August 8-26, 2022

Sue Dickins will unveil her oil paintings in an exhibition called This Woman’s Work, which will launch on Saturday. August 6.

The 50-year-old artist paints in his dining room at home. She said: “It’s just a hobby of mine that I find helpful for stress and anxiety.”

Her exhibition at West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, just down the road from the old St Helena School where Sue was a pupil, will include figurative oil paintings she completed this year. Sue said: ‘These are mostly women I’ve met and befriended over the last year, all of whom have shown incredible strength and courage after several years where the majority of us have suffered; it has been a difficult time for most due to covid and loneliness.

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Sue Dickins, alongside her painting Broken Hearted.

“I studied other artists and realized that art was a great way to communicate and bring people together. Over the years artists have tried to communicate feelings through their art rather than through the only word I want to tell the stories of these friends to whom I am extremely grateful for their help and friendship.

“I want my art to inspire people to feel deeply and realize that we all have inner strength and determination somewhere deep inside of us. Sometimes we just need a little help from our friends!”

Sue, who is mostly self-taught, was a finalist in a global art competition last year, in which she placed in the top four out of 26 countries. The painting that took her there is called Solitude and shows a woman lying naked on a bed with pensive eyes. Solitude will feature in the exhibit at West Studios.

“One of my main pieces on display and for sale is a very large oil painting called Inner Peace,” Sue said. “It is the portrait of a young woman draped in a kimono of peaches, creams and gold, immersed in her own thoughts.

Tree Of Life is the portrait of a friend of Sue Dickins, symbolizing her inner strength and beauty

“I have several portraits of women dressed in red. The reason for this is that I was inspired by an artist living in Canada, Jamie Black, many years ago to reach people through art rather than words alone. She invented the REDdress project which was to raise awareness of the hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada and North America for whom very little or nothing is done. She hangs red dresses voids in public spaces. Some say red is the only color spirits can see, and so by displaying these dresses she is giving them a voice, and by wearing red we are guiding these lost souls home .

An avid horse rider, Sue will also exhibit animal and equestrian paintings she has produced over the past few years.

She said: “A few of the paintings will be for sale with a few that I have had limited edition reproductions made. Prices range from £95 for the smallest signed and numbered mounted print up to £700 for the largest framed original oil painting.

His exhibition will be open to the public on Monday August 8 and will continue at West Studios until Friday August 28.

Red Dress is Sue’s portrait of a friend.

Sue, who lives with her son Ben and retired from the police force several years before she was born, added: “I would love to be recognized in the art world one day and be able to share my work with a much larger audience. wide.”

Sue’s painting titled Inner Peace depicts her son’s girlfriend Inner Peace draped in a kimono imported from Japan.
Lady of Shalott is Sue’s interpretation of the Waterhouse painting which she says is one of her favorites.

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