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Mon, Jul 31, 2023 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Aug 4, 2023 03:00PM EDT
Lot 265

Robert Dickens (1931-2022) Self-Portrait Painting

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

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Featured in this lot is an original oil on canvas self-portrait painting done by Robert Lee Dickens in 1984. Dickens was born on April 5, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, and was the son of Robert and Ruth Dickens, the owners of Dickens Design in Chicago. His mother, Ruth, was the first woman race car driver and raced from 1940 to 1953. Robert Dickens was a student at the University of Colorado from 1949 to 1950, and before that, he was an apprentice designer at Robert Sidney Dickens & Associate in Chicago in 1948. Robert Lee Dickens has been listed as a noteworthy design executive by Marquis' Who's Who. He passed away in 2022. The painting is a self-portrait of Robert Dickens himself and shows him with his iconic blue hand print paint on his face. He earned the name from his friends at a pow-wow, after he followed the tradition of painting his face before going into battle. He painted a small blue hand print on his check before dancing which earned him the name Little Blue Hand. The painting shows vivid, bold colors of blue, red, orange, brown, white, yellow and purple. In the bottom left hand corner, the artist's signature reads, "Dickens 84". In the bottom right hand corner, it reads "Kale Lamah" or "Kyle Lamah / Laman". The painting is set in a large white wooden frame. The painting and frame show good condition with the frame displaying some slight wear from use, but no obvious signs of damage are noted. The painting measures 61" L x 41" W.*

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