When my friend Colin Dick died aged 88, I was part way through cataloguing his prolific output of paintings. This fascinating journey followed on from Richard Yeomans' critical survey Colin Dick: Seeing Life (2011).
Colin was born in Cheam, Surrey, the son of Stanley Dick, an administrator for BP, and his wife, Mabel (nee Cant); wartime evacuation of his father's company took the family to Henley, in Oxfordshire. After the second world war, Colin studied at St Martin's School of Art in London (now Central Saint Martins), with contemporaries such as Frank Auerbach, Eva Frankfurther, Sheila Fell and Leon Kossoff, and subsequently worked as a scene painter for West End shows. He always maintained that the broad technique required for the theatre loosened his art school practice.
Source: Colin Dick obituary