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b. 1949, Australia

John Nixon Biography

John Nixon is Australia’s most influential conceptual artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally since the mid-1970s. Nixon attended the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in Melbourne (1969-1970), establishing a reputation for his minimalist abstract paintings from the early 1970s.

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His interest resides in geometric abstraction’s origins in the work of Malevich and Russian Constructivism and its belief in art’s potential for spiritual revelation and social change. Nixon critiques such utopian ambitions through a commitment to the iconography of the circle, square and cross, rendering the repetition of these signs and symbols powerless. Indeed, he has personalised abstraction to his own ends, acknowledging the arbitrary nature of the meaning of art’s signs and symbols.

After more than 35 years, Nixon’s contribution to Australian art resides in his important contribution to conceptual practice and representation of contemporary Australian art in Europe and America. Work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

John Nixon Featured Artworks

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UNTITLED (PAIR) by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUNTITLED (PAIR), 2019Enamel and tin can on canvas
26 x 25 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
UNTITLED (PAIR) by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUNTITLED (PAIR), 2019Enamel on canvas with coins
23 x 26 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
UNTITLED (PAIR) by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUNTITLED (PAIR), 2019Enamel and wooden ruler on canvas
25.5 x 23 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
UNTITLED (PAIR) by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUNTITLED (PAIR), 2019Enamel on canvas
26.5 x 16.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 1986Acrylic on hessian
61 x 51 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 1993Enamel on board
30 x 28 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 2016Acrylic on canvas, wood
Hamish McKay Enquire
Untitled by John Nixon contemporary artwork
John NixonUntitled, 1994enamel on metal
Hamish McKay Enquire

John Nixon Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, John Nixon, Small Black + White at Two Rooms, Auckland
Closed
22 May–18 July 2020 John Nixon Small Black + White Two RoomsAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Black White at Hamish McKay, Wellington
Closed
14 December 2019–25 January 2020 Group Exhibition Black White Hamish McKayWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Unsold at Hamish McKay, Wellington
Closed
24 November–22 December 2018 Group Exhibition Unsold Hamish McKayWellington

John Nixon Represented By

Hamish McKay contemporary art gallery in Wellington, New Zealand Hamish McKay Wellington
Two Rooms contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Two Rooms Auckland

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