Art from found materials by Gary Dickins


Gary Dickins is a self-taught artist based in Taunton, Somerset. Dickins uses a vast range of found materials in his work including handmade paper, canvas, earth, fungi, cheese cloth, stitching, paint, textiles and rusting metal. The work invites the viewer to reflect on our role in maintaining civil society with imagery that acts as a memorial to civilian victims who have lost their lives in contemporary war.

The Conflict series is a response to the atrocities of ethnic cleansing carried out in Kosovo and Bosnia. In his series of works Weapon of War pictured above, Dickins was inspired by the stark photography of Stanley Greene ‘Open Wound: Chechnya 1994-2003’. Here he uses discarded paper, textile and wound dressing stitched together signify the mending of the bodies and minds of women who had been violated during the war.

Gary-Dickins-Weapon-of-War4-detailWeapon of War detail

gary-dickins-weapon-of-war5Weapon of War


Gary-Dickins-Conflict-IIConflict II

Gary-Dickins-Conflict-II-Detail-02Conflict II Detail

Gary-Dickins-Conflict-XII Conflict XII

Gary-Dickins-Conflict-XII-Detail-06.JPGConflict XII detail

Gary-Dickins-Conflict-VIIConflict VII

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).

4 Replies to “Art from found materials by Gary Dickins

  1. The texture of these works is fantastic and the images redolent of buildings, or maps or bark, layered and distressed by turn. This work is innovative and arresting in concept, moving and highly emotive.

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