Wynyard Station, Robert Dickerson
  • Artist
    Robert Dickerson
  • Born
    1924
  • Title
    Wynyard Station
  • Date of Production
    c.1955
  • Medium
    oil on hardboard
  • Dimensions
    122.5 x 184 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1960. © Robert Dickerson

Robert Dickerson

Wynyard Station

The Antipodean group, which Dickerson joined at its inception in 1959, proclaimed that members were concerned "above all with people and their relations to one another and nature". A self taught artist, Dickerson began to make his mark during the 1950s with his haunting depictions of people in a state of psychological or physical isolation. In Against the Tide, Dickerson refers to a letter to Bernard Smith in which he said of his work: "My aim in painting is to paint life as I see it or feel it, people and their reaction towards living today."

Wynyard Station features four figures seated on a bench while a lone figure on the left strides away into the distance. The female figure on the right is busy with her sewing, this is a recurring theme in Dickerson's work, probably inspired by Dickerson's first wife Innis who was an accomplished seamstress. The composition is very simple and the rendering of the figures almost two dimensional. The use of sombre colours, the angularity of the facial features with their haunted or staring eyes, all help to emphasize the solitary existence and emotional isolation of the people depicted.