Artist talk with Barry Barker. Saturday 17 February, 4pm–5pm
Australian artist John Nixon has been exhibiting his version of non-objective art in Australia and internationally since the early 1970s, exploring the principals of minimal and geometric abstraction to convey a sense of their possibilities.
The use of a group of primary and secondary colours, art and non-art materials, and a strong relationship with the surrounding space are key to Nixon’s personalisation of an art form that originated in the early 20th century. Nixon’s motivations as an artist were originally informed by late 1960s minimal art, conceptual art and Arte Povera, then channelled through the early movements of Russian Constructivism, Futurism and Fauvism – movements which have sought to challenge and re-define the function and purpose of art – and which inform his ongoing exploration.
John Nixon (B. 1949, Sydney, Australia) is based in Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions include; (2018) EPW: orange monochrome 2002, Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris, France (2017) New Etchings and Screenprints , Negative Press, Melbourne; Collages: 2011 – 2017, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney; Experimental Painting Workshop, Teksas, Graested, Denmark; John Nixon. Various Works 2013 – 2017, Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany; John Nixon – Abstraction, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; Collages: Selected Works, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand; EPW, Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine; (2016) Yellow Monochrome (Japan), Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne; Photosheets, TCB, Melbourne; Paintings 1980-1990 – Paintings 2015, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.