30 UPSTAIRS COLLECTION: JOHN NIXON

John  Nixon  is  an  abstract  painter  from  Sydney.  He  is  firmly  established  in  the international  sect  through  his  investigation  into  contemporary  painting  and abstraction.  He  has  been  exhibiting  widely  since  the  early  70’s  and  is  represented by  Hamish  MacKay  Gallery  (Wellington)  and  Sue  Crockford  Gallery (Auckland).

It  was  John  Nixon’s  most  recent  show  EPW: SILVER  that  Mal  found  his  this  composition.  It  is  not  the  first  piece  that  he  owns  as  Mal  has  been  admiring  and  following  his  work  for  some  time.

The  piece  itself  is  a  painted   silver  work  that continues  to  explore  Nixon’s  ongoing  project  EPW, ‘Experimental Painting Workshop’.  He  has  had  a  long  term  interest  in  silver  and  in  this  work  he  demonstrates  its  dynamic  qualities  by  painting  on stretched  canvas  and  sand.  His  practice  incorporates  many  materials  including  cardboard,  enamel,  canvas,  chip  board  and  hessian,  creating  constructions  that  challenge  the  possibilities  of  2Dimensional  artwork.

The  reflective  nature  of  the  metallic  paint  means  that  this  work  is  best  represented  in  full  natural  light.  Come  to  30Upstairs  on  the  next  sunny  day  and  have  a  look-  Mal  can’t  wait  to  take  this  one  home  so  make  sure  you  are  quick.

John Nixon
Silver Monochrome, 2011
enamel and sand on cardboard on canvas 305 x 230 mm

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