About the Artist

Glenn is an artist and traditional sign craftsman and has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia in the early 70’s.

During the years 1977-80 he studied with Graeme Inson in Sydney who was considered one of the finest exponents of the Max Meldrum style of tonal painting. The works of that era were mainly portraits, still life, and land/seascape paintings all in oils.

He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 1980 and a finalist in the Inaugural Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 1988. (The self-portrait was purchased for $3800 by the Trust and forms part of the collection of the Tweed River Regional Gallery. He has had 6 solo exhibitions in Port Macquarie as well as 4 combined exhibitions, all of which were self-funded, utilizing various venues enabling him independence.

Glenn Dick at home in his studio. Photo Brett Dolsen

The years from 1987 to 1992 saw him instrumental in forming and planning the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Project utilizing 3 historic locations, (2 of which were under threat of demolition and sale) for this he was given a Life Membership. The preservation and eventual restoration of historic Douglas Vale Homestead and Vineyard, 1858 (again under threat of demolition) was another project he pursued with great passion and enthusiasm for approximately five years, again voluntarily. It has recently been placed on the national register.

The Hastings Regional Gallery’s exhibition of 2003 titled “TIMBER STORIES” (the history of the Hastings timber industry) exhibited 3 major pieces of his work. (A combined exhibition.)

During 2004 he was invited to exhibit 13 paintings in the Manning Regional Gallery, a joint exhibition to celebrate the Sesqui Centenary of Taree, the exhibition was titled “ICONS OF THE MANNING” which reflected on the stories and anecdotes of the Manning’s past early Colonial History. These works were well received.

Glenn Dick at Work

Glenn Dick at work on a painting.Photo Dylan Gaul

During Heritage Week NSW 2005 he exhibited 20 paintings depicting the early colonial period of the establishment of Port Macquarie as a penal colony. The exhibition was endorsed by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council, resulting in wide acclaim and appreciation by the community of this work to the point whereby local state MP Robert Oakeshott led a campaign to try to have the 20 works retained by council as a permanent collection, this did not eventuate because of various ‘constraints’ that eventuated at the time. A book was also considered for publishing.

Over the past 30 years he has sold practically all his works to private collectors from his own studio/gallery. His current work includes historical elements, contemporary coastal landscapes, mythological themes, genre, and portraits.

-JB