Hump Day Art

Australian artist, Robert Dickerson recently turned 90...

The photograph below, published in his 1994 biography Robert Dickerson Against the Tide, written by his third wife of 45 years, Jennifer, 80, pinpoints his pauper-poor upbringing which, despite the many obstacles, saw him start drawing warships and planes at five and later juggle menial jobs by day and paint on newspapers every night. Leaving school at 13 and boxing for extra money at 15, art school didn't enter his head. "I couldn't have afforded art school and I would have hated it. I live in the world and need a reason to live. It's no more complicated than that. I paint," he says with his toothless grin.

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