These are graphite drawings of Chris Dickerson, a numerous body building title holder including IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1982.
During the 1960s, Dickerson did physique modeling. His 1970s nude work for photographer Jim French is today considered some of the best. He appeared in French’s hardcover photo essay, Man (1972), and also posed for the photographer ten years later.
One of the world’s most titled bodybuilders, Dickerson’s competitive career spanned thirty years; known for both his heavily muscled, symmetrical physique and his skills on the posing dais. Entering a bodybuilding competition in 1965, he took third place in the Mr. Long Beach competition. He turned pro in 1973 and won a total of fifteen professional bodybuilding titles across four organizations during his career. He trained for many of his most important competitions in the 1980s with former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl, including IFBB Mr. Olympia 1982.
He was the first African-American AAU Mr. America, the first openly gay winner of the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest, and one of only two bodybuilders (along with Dexter Jackson) to win titles in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia competitions.
Dickerson retired after winning the 50+ division at the 1994 Masters Olympia and was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000. He studied music and was an accomplished opera singer in addition to his career in athletics. He lived in Florida where he trained, conducted seminars, and corresponded with current athletes.
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Published: 24th December 2021Tags: Chris Dickerson
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