Edwin Dickinson is one of my long time artistic heroes. His painting The Cello Player, in the de Young collection, is one of those mysterious works that has always stuck in my mind. In fact, Dickinson has several key pieces that have inspired me since I first discovered them in art school. I have always been drawn to his unique perspective. There is an almost hallucinogenic sense of atmosphere in some of his work that borders on surrealism. He likes to pepper his images with blocks, arches, curves, spirals, and other architectural references. All of these are things that I love and tried to incorporate into this painting. Even with its central figure, it is much more about the densely packed and peculiar objects crammed into the space than the man playing the cello.
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