Jan Dickey

Jan Dickey

Jan's studio work is driven by a fascination with the materiality of preindustrial painting materials, particularly in the way they discolor and delaminate. He uses basic earth-based substances like milk, eggs, animal glues, soil, and plant dyes because they are chemically open to change. Such materials can be easily activated to peel, crack, and discolor - revealing the paint, and the substrates we slather paint over, to be living earthly stuff. Jan's work demonstrates how - like everything else - paint and paint surfaces are matter in process.

  • Background

    Jan received his BFA from the University of Delaware and an MFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He also completed a year of training in traditional draftsmanship at the Academy of Classical Design (Southern Pines, NC). Dickey has had solo exhibitions at the Louise Jones Brown Gallery (Duke University), the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Chapel Hill, the Commons Gallery (UH Mānoa), and the Art Gallery (UH Mānoa). He has exhibited in New York, Delaware, North Carolina, Kentucky, Vermont, and Hawaiʻi and was a recipient of the North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant. He currently teaches at Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, and the Honolulu Museum of Art School. 

  • Info


    Artist, Abstract Painting, Teaching Arts








    Honolulu, HI