22 1/2" x 20 1/2"
Donated by the Artist
“When I was ten years old, I attended a strict private Christian School in Vancouver where most of our lunch breaks were spent chasing girls, playing with G.I. Joes and creating/drawing rival characters that battled to the death. The two most popular characters that battled for paper supremacy were “Kat Kool”, a hip cat gangster with earrings, tattoos, and a robot arm and “Psycho Sid”, an ex - professional wrestling lizard who wore spandex tights. Each and every day my friends would come up with new, exciting and interesting ways for “Kat Kool” and “Psycho Sid” to maim and kill each other. Although my friend’s pictures were simple and to the point, they still managed to evoke a sense of shock and awe that has left a lasting impression on me and to this day they remain my greatest inspiration.
Saturday morning cartoons along with old school Disney films also played a large role in influencing my style as an artist…some of these favourites include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, G.I. Joes, Thundercats, Bonkers, Marsupilami, Ducktales, Batman: The Animated Series, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Davey Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier. While attending my last semester of digital film at the Art Institute of Vancouver, Burnaby campus, everyone in my class was given the opportunity to take any class that our college offered for free. I chose to take the life drawing class. The pictures that I drew in this class inspired me to create Intimate Portraits from Another World - Part One.”
Aaron Dickinson is a self-taught artist living in Vancouver BC. He trained in video and film making at the Art Institute of Vancouver and his figurative imagery represents characters that are part of a larger fictional narrative and imagined world. This is the first public exhibition his work. In this series, Aaron has drawn on his past inspirations to create a fantastical world set in the future. The many different stories surrounding the lost kingdom involve common themes of love, loss, revenge, greed and redemption.