Reviews

Selected Reviews About Eleanor Dickinson

“Eleanor Dickinson draws – incessantly. Her license plate reads ‘LIMNER’ which means ‘one who draws’. Nowhere is this talent more apparent than in her ink drawings of intimacy among the elderly.”   – Ruth Waters, Founder and Executive Director, Peninsula Museum of Art “Old Lovers,” 2014 exhibit

Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson with wood bust 1967

“For Dickinson, her art is about the power of drawing to express human emotion from ecstatic joy to profound pathos. Her art is always informed by her intellect but she does something so rare among artists today and that is to allow her heart to dictate and dominate. The art of Eleanor Dickinson is courageous and kind, outspoken and, at times, not afraid to exhibit outrage. As an artist, she is to be admired for her considerable skill. As a woman artist she should serve as a role model for displaying those characteristics of dexterity, diplomacy and determination over a long career in the service of her art and her community.”   – Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator in Charge, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2007

1978 Eleanor Dickinson

“Throughout the years, Dickinson’s commitment to the human figure, revealed through her superb draughtsmanship and her compassion for humanity, remains paramount.”   – Sam Yates, Director of the Downtown Gallery, the University of Tennessee, “Enduring: the Social Conscience of Eleanor Dickinson” 2005 exhibit

1967 Eleanor Dickinson

“Dickinson’s work has appeared in countless group and solo shows. Always powerful, she is at her best when combining her talent for exquisite figurative drawing and sensitivity to the emotional center of her subject.” – Margaret Barlow, Women’s Caucus for Art Honor Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts, 2003 catalog

1974 Eleanor Dickinson Revival art exhibit

“In these poignant, self-contained images, Dickinson has managed to universalize individual distress and hope.” – Peter Selz, Art in America, September 1989

1989 Eleanor Dickinson

“Throughout Eleanor Dickinson’s work, the human form is seen as a reflection of the soul. Walter Hopps, former director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, has called Dickinson ‘one of the country’s most powerful artists committed to figure drawing.’”   – St. Louis University Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, “Eleanor Dickinson: A Retrospective” 1995 exhibit, quoting the 1974 Introduction to the book Revival!

1975 Eleanor Dickinson