John Nixon
EPW: Various Paintings

EPW: Various Paintings
, 2015
Installation view
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This exhibition is an overview of constructed paintings from the past year—works situated within the lexicons of minimalism and maximalism.  It presents examples from a number of different series with either simple or complex formal structures. The paintings have been randomly placed side-by-side encouraging a view of their individuality.

The method of constructing or building a painting has enabled me to exceed the limits of the rectangle, to create paintings of dynamic shape and structure through layering and accumulation.

The most minimal are monochrome paintings constructed from stacked pieces of irregularly shaped MDF, one colour, one material.  By contrast, the most maximalist of the works each have a diagonal wooden stripe reaching beyond the border of the rectangle.  The diversity of materials in these (various woods, aluminum, plastic, etc) and objects (saw blade, cup, etc) adds colour, texture, dimension and form. A further group is of paintings scaled to the size of a carpenter’s square, a tool of trade of the artist or carpenter, which is here attached to the canvas surface to reinforce its edge. Through the materiality of all the works in the exhibition, the non-objective joins with the concrete and real within an abstract realm.

The exhibition design also reflects my interest in minimalism and maximalism.  The room is large and white with a grey floor. The 50 selected mid-sized works are strategically shown at eye-height in a strong, continuous linear frieze along all four walls to create a solid visual zone, engaging both mind and eye.  This display format has been chosen for this particular exhibition, but at a different time, the works could also be shown in their groups to enhance an appreciation of the many variations within each singular theme.

 

John Nixon

January 2015

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
50 x 35 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on four canvases
60 x 45 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2013
Enamel on plywood and canvas
69 x 52 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
67 x 58 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
64 x 76 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
90 x 60 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on MDF
40 x 50 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and two carpenters' squares on canvas
30 x 26 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
65 x 59 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
50 x 34 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2013
Enamel on two canvases
60 x 50 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
32 x 25 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and wooden ruler on canvas
25 x 24 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on three canvases
68 x 70 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
2014

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and carpenters' square on canvas
30 x 25 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on two canvases
81 x 75 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
60 x 41 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and wooden ruler on canvas
20 x 37 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on three canvases
44 x 57 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on canvas and wooden frame
60 x 70 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on three canvases
40 x 30 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2013
Enamel on two canvases
60 x 45 x 45 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
80 x 55 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on two canvases
100 x 57 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
70 x 65 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed material on canvas
50 x 31 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on three canvases
60 x 60 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and two carpenters' squares on canvas
25 x 30

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on four canvases
50 x 60 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
61 x 60
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on three canvases
72 x 77 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and two carpenters' squares on canvas
30 x 15 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
65 x 49 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
74 x 50 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on MDF and masonite
60 x 60 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
80 x 60 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
65 x 47 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
40 x 45 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on MDF
76 x 75 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
56 x 39 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on three canvases
64 x 45 x 20 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
80 x 57 cm
This work is available. Enquire here.

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2013
Enamel on two canvases
60 x 45 x 45 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on two canvases
82 x 51 cm
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John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
74 x 56 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and carpenters' square on canvas
40 x 30 cm
This work is available. Enquire here.

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on MDF
60 x 87 cm
This work is available. Enquire here.

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
32 x 27 cm

John Nixon

Untitled
, 2014
Enamel on four canvases
60 x 60 cm
This work is available. Enquire here.