Dickerson was one of the giants of modern art in Australia, he was a founding member of the Antipodean movement a group of artists who continue to have an impact on the taste and collecting habits of Australians today. The other members of this group were, Clifton Pugh, David Boyd, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Charles Blackman, John Perceval and the historian Bernard Smith who drafted the manifesto.
At 91 years of age, Robert Dickerson is only survived from the group by Charles Blackman who is reported as no longer working. Dickerson continued to work until his passing.
Continually popular his works have appeared at auction since the 1970’s on no fewer than 3500 occasions. Few auctions are considered to be complete unless they include examples of his work.
His perennial subject was solitary a figure in deep thought or a contemplative moment.