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The Inimitable Dickens

Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth Central Library
Wed, 1st August 2012 - Fri, 31st August 2012

 

Having grown up in Portsmouth, Dickens’ influence has always been present, and I have long since respected his work for its fascinating characters, combination of serious social comment and dry wit, and its strong moral values. His body of work is almost incomparable in its significance to English literature, with Shakespeare his only real equal; however, this exhibition deals with Dickens as a person, as I feel his works have been explored extensively enough.

I have investigated both his divided character, so often misinterpreted, as well as his iconic look and powerful presence, as he has risen to be viewed more a symbol of virtuous ideals than a real man. I have also looked into his connections with Portsmouth; though, having only lived here in his infancy, this is not the central focus. Essentially I have tried to interpret Dickens the man in as many ways as possible, to create a fulsome and varied portrait.

The exhibition features a whole host of artwork, including sketches, paintings, installation and sculpture, as well as a series of three illustrated books chronicling Dickens's encounters with other great writers of the 19th century. Atop this, the show will have its own gift shop, offering a range of handmade Dickens memorabilia.
The exhibition runs throughout August, with an opening event taking place on the 1st, between 5pm and 7pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

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