Estate Sale Sid Dickens Very Beautiful Memory Tile - T 164 Midnight Star
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Estate Sale Sid Dickens Very Beautiful Memory Tile - T 164 Midnight Star:
&amp;lt;div style="text-decoration:none" height="21px" valign="middle" face="arial" ESTATE SALE Sid Dickens very BEAUTIFUL Memory Tile -T 164 midnight style="margin: 0.4em 0px 0.5em; line-height: 19.1875px; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Sidney Michael Dickens(born 1963) is aVancouver-based artist. He is best known for his popular and highly collectible tiles called Memory Blocks. Sid Dickens divides his time betweenBritish ColumbiaQueen Charlotte Islandsand his studio and head office in Vancouver.Religious iconography, historic, romantic images and cracked facades are common themes in his Memory Blocks.
Sid Dickens was born into a fishing family in the small northern community ofPrince Rupert, British Columbia. After graduating high school in 1981, he worked as a fisherman on and off until he was 28 years old; in the off-season, he served burgers on the ferries and dedicated his spare time to drawing and painting.In 1983, Dickens enrolled in the prestigiousEmily Carr University of Art and Designin Vancouver in 1983. He left Emily Carr after one year and returned to Prince Rupert. In 1986, he went on a long backpacking trip throughEuropethat greatly influenced his aesthetic. Upon his return, he settled in the Queen Charlotte Islands with his mother who had taken a job inSandspit, on theMoresby Island. He spent the next few years working as a logger in the isolated forests. He founded a studio there and began to create large assemblage pieces using materials that he found around him including whalebone, mud, metal, leaves and copper wire left over from the logging industry. He was also experimenting with welding, creating jewelry and chain link.
In 1990, he attended an art school in the internationally renowned artists' colony ofSan Miguel de Allendein the north central mountains ofMexico.Memory BlocksDickens began making Memory Blocks while he was working in Vancouver during the early 1990s in a studio onHastings Street.
Memory Blocks have evolved to become individually hand crafted plaster tilesand finished to a porcelain-like quality, cracked to create an aged look and feel.
The Memory Blocks are now internationally distributed and Dickens has a strong following of collectors that create websites and forums on his behalf.The marketing strategy is similar toLladroandRoyal Doultonporcelain figureines, where styles and collections are often produced in limited runs, and retired pieces are valued as highly collectible.