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Shedding light on Tiverton painter Peter Dickison

Southcoast Today Art Beat: Artist profile by Don Wilkinson

In the name of full disclosure, Tiverton painter Peter Dickison and I have known each other for many years, since September of 1979 to be exact, when we were both freshman at the Swain School of Design, itself long since absorbed into the University of Massachusetts system.

We were roommates in New Bedford and after graduation, in Brooklyn. He was attending the Parsons School of Design in lower Manhattan and I was working in a high-end screen printing shop on Park Avenue.

We have eaten countless meals together, drank even more beers, confided in each other and helped each other through rough times. We knew each other’s parents, siblings and girlfriends. We’ve seen each other at our best and our worst.

So why was this such a difficult profile to initiate? I felt foolish asking questions that I already knew the answers to, and I think he was flattered to be asked, but a bit on edge. The intimacy of friendship is double-edged. But we trudged along, and to my great pleasure, new things were revealed.

And with that said and just for this time, I ‘m going to break with the usual protocol and put aside the use of the last name. He’s just Peter.

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