John Nixon

John Nixon

John Nixon (born Sydney1949, died Melbourne 2020) is internationally recognised as a seminal figure in Australian art. For over 50 years, Nixon produced and exhibited abstract and conceptual works that extended the possibilities of radical modernism. Through constant experimentation with formalist tactics, Nixon sought to redefine the possibilities and interpretations of the monochrome, construction painting, readymade, and non-objective abstraction, and as a result, contemporised the ideologies of modernist predecessors who influenced his work. Most significant to Nixon’s perturbation was his vernacularisation of modernist tropes. His practice was one of pragmatism and economy. Nixon preferred cheap, readily available materials over fine art materials, and produced paintings quickly, in a single coat, most often with enamel on found or discarded offcuts of canvas, wood, hessian, cardboard, and even other paintings. The first of Nixon’s iconic ‘block paintings’ were produced in 1968 using canvas remnants from the much larger paintings of his studio peers.

In 1990, Nixon conceived the Experimental Painting Workshop (EPW) as a conceptual vehicle for his highly productive, exploratory painting practice. The term EPW is applicable to most of Nixon’s activity since the late seventies. In 1999 Nixon was awarded the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, and in 2001/2 was the recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship award. As well as annual exhibitions in both Sydney and Melbourne, Nixon had an extremely active schedule of solo shows in commercial galleries and museums internationally (Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, UK & the USA). His work is held in numerous significant public and private collections internationally, including the prestigious Daimler Chrysler Collection in Berlin, and in 1982 was selected by curator Germano Celant to represent Australia at Documenta 7, Kassel.

Selected works

    White Stripe on Black

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    White Stripe on Black 1988

    Untitled

    John Nixon

    Untitled 2019

    Silver Monochrome

    John Nixon

    Silver Monochrome 2006

    Orange Monochrome

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    Orange Monochrome 1998

    Black Monochrome with Sickle

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    Black Monochrome with Sickle 1985

    Blue and Black Cross

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    Blue and Black Cross 1986

    Green Circle/Landscape (Amsterdam/Melbourne)

    John Nixon

    Green Circle/Landscape (Amsterdam/Melbourne) 2014

Exhibitions

  • Almost

    Almost

    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • Dialogue 2: On Hessian

    Dialogue 2: On Hessian

    John NixonElizabeth Pulie

    22 October - November 7, 2020

  • White Cross on White 1994. An homage to the life and work of John Nixon (1949 - 2020)

    John Nixon

    White Cross on White 1994. An homage to the life and work of John Nixon (1949 - 2020)

    8 August - September 12, 2020

  • Paired Paintings

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    Paired Paintings

    24 July - August 31, 2019

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019

  • Group Show 39

    Group Show 39

    Julie FragarChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJohn NixonKoji RyuiGemma Smith

    18 January - February 19, 2019

  • Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheTodd McMillanOliver WagnerHuseyin SamiJohn NixonMaria CruzDavid HainesChristopher Hanrahan

    13 - September 16, 2018

  • CHROMA

    CHROMA

    Maria CruzMatthys GerberBrendan Van HekJonny NiescheJohn NixonAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz WestOliver WagnerJonathan Zawada

    17 May - June 16, 2018

  • Group Show 36

    Group Show 36

    Matthys GerberJonny NiescheJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillan

    18 November - December 16, 2017

  • Collages 2011 - 2017

    John Nixon

    Collages 2011 - 2017

    13 October - November 11, 2017

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • Paintings 1980 / 1990 & Paintings 2015

    John Nixon

    Paintings 1980 / 1990 & Paintings 2015

    13 May - June 18, 2016

  • Everything & Nothing

    Everything & Nothing

    Sarah MoscaMikala DwyerJohn NixonGemma SmithJoyce HinterdingChristopher HanrahanMatt HinkleyKoji RyuiDavid HainesTim BrunigesSandra Selig

    26 June - July 25, 2015

  • EPW: Complementary Colours

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    EPW: Complementary Colours

    9 October - November 1, 2014

  • Group Show 27

    Group Show 27

    Simon BarneyJohn NixonSandra SeligHuseyin Sami

    1 - May 31, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter WüthrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • Summer

    Summer

    Jamie NorthMoya McKennaMaria CruzJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanMatthys GerberKoji RyuiJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin SamiJonathan Zawada

    21 January - February 1, 2014

  • EPW: Applied Paintings Project for a theatre set (Black and White)

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    EPW: Applied Paintings Project for a theatre set (Black and White)

    10 October - November 2, 2013

  • Group Show 26

    Group Show 26

    Gemma SmithTodd McMillanJohn NixonJulie FragarAndreas Reiter RaabeJohn NicholsonMatt Hinkley

    12 September - October 5, 2013

  • Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Jamie NorthKoji RyuiMatthys GerberTodd McMillanJustin TrendallMatt HinkleyJohn NixonHuseyin Sami

    23 March - April 21, 2012

  • O

    O

    Andreas Reiter RaabeChristopher HanrahanDiena GeorgettiElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiJan van der PloegJohn NicholsonJohn NixonJonathan ZawadaJulie FragarMatt HinkleyRon Adams

    6 - July 30, 2011

  • EPW: Colour Mountains

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    EPW: Colour Mountains

    28 April - May 21, 2011

  • B & W

    B & W

    Matthys GerberMatt HinkleyChristopher HanrahanSimon DennyJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJustin TrendallOlivier MossetMarco FusinatoReuben KeehanJohn NixonJan van der Ploeg

    11 June - July 10, 2010

  • EPW: Polychrome

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    EPW: Polychrome

    28 August - September 19, 2009

  • EPW: Polychrome

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    EPW: Polychrome

    30 March - April 21, 2007

  • we're open

    we're open

    Simon BarneyStephen BramMarco FusinatoMatthys GerberKatharina GrosseReuben KeehanJohn NixonRose NolanElizabeth PulieAndreas Reiter RaabeKoji RyuiGemma SmithJohn Spiteri

    6 - September 30, 2006

  • Ten

    Ten

    John ArmlederSydney BallMaria CruzJulian DashperA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerSylvie FleuryDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberJulia GormanMarco FusinatoAnne-Marie MayOlivier MossetJohn NixonAndreas Reiter RaabeTony SchwensenJan van der PloegJustene WilliamsPeter Wüthrich

    29 November - December 6, 2003

  • John Nixon

    John Nixon

    4 September - October 11, 2003

  • Paperwork 2

    Paperwork 2

    John ArmlederSydney BallMaria CruzA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerMarco FusinatoMatthys GerberJulia GormanKatharina GrosseAnne-Marie MayOlivier MossetJohn NixonAndreas Reiter RaabePeter Wüthrich

    27 November - December 21, 2002

  • EPW: Orange

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    EPW: Orange

    29 June - August 3, 2002

  • A Painting and a Sculpture

    A Painting and a Sculpture

    Martin CreedJohn Nixon

    28 November - December 22, 2001

  • Gold!

    Gold!

    Hany ArmaniousMaria CruzA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberJohn Nixon

    6 September - October 7, 2000

  • EPW: Orange

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    EPW: Orange

    24 May - July 22, 2000

  • Xmas 1999

    Xmas 1999

    Hany ArmaniousMaria CruzJulian DashperA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberAnne-Marie MayJohn NixonMike ParrAndreas Reiter RaabeJustene Williams

    8 - December 18, 1999

  • EPW: Orange

    John Nixon

    EPW: Orange

    4 August - September 4, 1999

  • 1998

    1998

    Hany ArmaniousMaria CruzJulian DashperA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberAnne-Marie MayJohn NixonMike ParrKerrie PolinessJustene Williams

    9 December, 1998 - January 30, 1999

  • Christmas

    Christmas

    Hany ArmaniousJohn ArmlederMaria CruzJulian DashperA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerSylvie FleuryDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberAnne-Marie MayOlivier MossetJohn NixonKerrie PolinessAndreas Reiter RaabeJustene Williams

    1 - December 30, 1997

  • EPW: Orange

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    EPW: Orange

    14 May - June 7, 1997

  • Raindrops on Roses

    Raindrops on Roses

    Hany ArmaniousJulian DashperA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerSylvie FleuryDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberAnne-Marie MayOlivier MossetJohn NixonKerrie PolinessAndreas Reiter RaabeJustene Williams

    27 November - December 21, 1996

  • Selected Work 1978 - 1996

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    Selected Work 1978 - 1996

    10 July - August 3, 1996

  • Block Paintings

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    Block Paintings

    13 September - October 7, 1995

  • EPW: Orange

    John Nixon

    EPW: Orange

    13 September - October 7, 1995

  • John Armleder, A.D.S. Donaldson, Olivier Mosset, John Nixon

    John Armleder, A.D.S. Donaldson, Olivier Mosset, John Nixon

    John ArmlederA.D.S. DonaldsonOlivier MossetJohn Nixon

    15 February - March 11, 1995

  • Paperwork

    Paperwork

    Hany ArmaniousA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerMatthys GerberJohn NixonKerrie Poliness

    5 - October 22, 1994

  • The Berlin Project, EPW Demonstration Room Sydney

    John Nixon

    The Berlin Project, EPW Demonstration Room Sydney

    4 May - June 4, 1994

  • White

    White

    Hany ArmaniousA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerMatthys GerberJohn NixonKerrie Poliness

    2 - February 26, 1994