Rose Dickson

Rose Dickson’s paintings examine essential relationships through the interactions of archetypal forms—exploring touch, unity, boundary, overlap, tension and violence as moments of intersection. The artist’s work explores the sympathetic vibrations that move across all things, bringing to mind Shaker gift drawings, illuminated manuscripts, Islamic tiling and Celtic knots. Dickson’s compositions network shapes into a cosmology, where pattern is the key to understanding how all things are necessarily touching.



Rose Dickson was born in Portland, Oregon in 1989. The artist received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island in 2012, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois in 2021. 

A solo exhibition of Dickson’s work, Giantess, took place at Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, Oregon in 2020. 

Group exhibitions of Dickson’s work have taken place at: SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York, NY; Mana Contemporary in Chicago, Illinois; Lumber Room in Portland, Oregon; and Melanie Flood Projects in Portland, Oregon.

Dickson has been an artist in residence at: MacDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire; Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois; and Organhaus Art Space in Chongqing, China.

Dickson lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.