Artist Trevor Dickinson releases Newcastle playing cards featuring the city’s most iconic and obscure places
Nostalgia on the cards Knows how to fold’em: Trevor Dickinson has just released a pack of cards which feature his work of Newcastle and another for Canberra. Picture: Simone de Peak
Please be seated: Tallara Parkway bus shelter, Narrabundah, ACT. By Trevor Dickinson.
Ordinary to extraordinary: Trevor Dickinson in front of an image that featured in his Welcome to Maitland Exhibition in 2016. Picture: Simone de Peak
Big splash: Trevor Dickinson with his mural on the southern wall of Mayfield Pool in 2013. Picture: Peter Stoop
Sea patrol: Trevor Dickinson at the Nobbys breakwall, a place he was once scared to go (because of the sign) but that features in one of his most iconic drawings. Picture: Marina Neil
Beach days: Artist Trevor Dickinson and his daughters Ella and Lucy in 2011 with the artwork of an ice cream van part of the mural in the tunnel leading to Newcastle Beach which they all worked on. Picture: Phil Hearne
Still life: Trevor Dickinson’s image of the Newcastle Council building.
Say cheese: Trevor Dickinson with then mayor John Tate at a photowall at Newcastle Museum. Picture: Dean Osland
TweetFacebook Trevor Dickinson’s workRESPECTED artist and muralist Trevor Dickinson has released a pack of playing cards featuring both obscure and well-known Newcastlelocations, including business facades.
Thecards show a cross-section of Mr Dickinson’swork from the past eight years, with plenty of images that only a Novocastrian would recognise.
“This collection of drawings is really a personal portrait of Newcastle, and I love the idea that it fits into a pocket and can be easily posted around the world,” he says.
Businesses on thecards include Godfreys on King Street, Watt Street Commercial in the city, Don Beppino’s in Merewether and Gambles accountancy in Hamilton.
Mr Dickinson emigrated to Newcastle from England in 2002 with his n wife and two children. Working remotely as a freelance commercial designer on projects ranging from Star Wars to textile design work, it took him seven years to pick up a pencil and begin his quirky and oft nostalgic seriesof Newcastle images.
“I wasgetting homesick [for England] because I hadn’t connected much with Newcastle, so I started drawing Newcastle to get out of the house,” he says.
His first drawing was the infamous “Men, do it longer!” billboard on Lambton Road at Broadmeadow, and since then he’s captured iconic images such asNobbys to random scenes such as a rubbish bin in Braye Park, Waratah, not to mention his 100 letterboxes series.
While Newcastle is his favoured muse, Mr Dickinson has also released a pack of cards on Canberra, a city he’s currently focused on by drawing its iconic bus shelters, which will feature in a 2018 exhibition.
And yet at the start, he had no real inkling that his wonky line drawings would develop into his now thriving company Newcastle Productions.
“I wanted to make money from it so Icould justify stopping to take time to do it; it was just pocket money, but it was like a game. Then it just started selling,” he says.
Mr Dickinson’s works can be found athis online store, and placesincludingStudio Melt in Newcastle and the National Gallery andPortrait Gallery in Canberra.