John Nixon
EPW: Selected Paintings

EPW: SELECTED PAINTINGS
, 2018
Installation view Anna Schwartz Gallery.
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FAKTURA (EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING WORKSHOP)

Form + line, colour + design, texture + materiality, flatness + relief, minimalism + maximalism sit alongside each other in this exhibition to form a visual faktura.

Drawn from the last few years, these constructed paintings represent one stream within my overall practice. Displayed deliberately out of order, they make one or two horizontal lines along the gallery walls.

Though intermixed, these works are from three main groups: Vertical Konstructions, in which sheets of raw Masonite or plywood provide grounds for compositions of woods, metals and other materials; Four Squares, which features white ceramic tiles of different sizes glued to painted supports and Gold and Silver Konstructions, in which readymade objects found on a visit to New York are attached to surfaces painted with metallic colour. Interspersed amongst these groupings, are several pairs of abstract paintings selected from my wider repertoire, which indicate other variants ranging across lyricism and simplicity.

My daily process is one of continuous artistic activity in several mediums, including painting, drawing, collage and photography. This allows for cross-pollination between the artistic disciplines so that diverse and opposite channels of enquiry open up for me. While making ‘rule-based’ works that pay attention to the specific nature of each discipline, my method is also open and serendipitous. My engagement is with modern art, and possibilities for its extension.

Seeing is paramount to my work, especially when such a large complement of diverse paintings can be viewed in one place and time. Within the laboratory of the EPW, visual art is proposed as an expansive field of enquiry that is valid in itself.

John Nixon 2018

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Bibliography

John Nixon

Vertical Konstruction (Yellow)
, 2018
Enamel on canvas with various woods and metal on plywood
92 x 61 cm

John Nixon

Four Squares II
, 2016
Enamel on Masonite with ceramic tiles
91.5 x 61 cm

John Nixon

Window (Green Frame)
, 2017
Enamel on canvas board with ceramic tiles on plywood
43 x 33 cm

John Nixon

Untitled Konstruction I
, 2017
Enamel on plywood with industrial woods
92 x 61 cm

John Nixon

Untitled (White and Black)
, 2017
Enamel on two canvases
40 x 30 cm

John Nixon

Vertical Konstruction (Yellow Ochre)
, 2018
Enamel on various woods and sandpaper on plywood
90 x 60cm

John Nixon

Briar Hill
, 2015
Enamel on canvas with various woods and plastic
45 x 30 x 5 cm

John Nixon

Vertical Konstruction (Brown)
, 2018
Enamel on canvas and cardboard with various woods and set square on plywood
91.5 x 61 x 6 cm

John Nixon

Silver Konstruction I
, 2017
Enamel on canvas with paint rollers
51 x 40 x 5 cm

John Nixon

Vertical Konstruction (Orange)
, 2018
Enamel on canvas with various woods on Masonite
91.5 x 61 cm

John Nixon

Silver Konstruction II
, 2017
Enamel on canvas with various woods
60 x 45 cm

John Nixon

Untitled (Black Colour Rhythm)
, 2016
Enamel on Masonite with wooden blocks
91.5 x 61 cm

John Nixon

Red Cross
, 2018
Enamel on Masonite on industrial plywood
59.5 x 60 cm

John Nixon

Untitled Konstruction II
, 2018
Enamel on Masonite on industrial plywood
91.5 x 61 cm

John Nixon

Window (Red Frame)
, 2018
Enamel on canvas board with ceramic tiles on plywood
43 x 33 cm

John Nixon

Untitled (Black and White)
, 2018
Enamel on two canvases
40 x 30 cm

John Nixon

Silver Konstruction IV
, 2017
Enamel on canvas with framing timber
60 x 45 cm

John Nixon

Black Cross
, 2017
Enamel and Masonite on canvas
60 x 60 cm

John Nixon

Four Squares III
, 2016
Enamel on Masonite with ceramic tiles
91.5 x 61 cm