Robert Dickerson AO, with his definitive angular style, is one of Australia’s most recognised figurative artists. He was a member of the 1959 Antipodeans group—which also included Arthur Boyd and Clifton Pugh—and is represented in all major state and regional galleries. A self-taught painter, Dickerson was inspired by people and scenes of everyday life, his work is often described as melancholy, with isolated figures, menacing dark streetscapes and anguished facial expressions characterising his painting.
Dickerson also loved the theatre of the courts and would often slip into courts rooms to watch the performance of barristers. He likened it to watching a stage show, full of stars and supporting actors.