Born Sydney, Australia 1949
Died Melbourne, Australia 2020
John Nixon was a seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction. From 1968, his work was dedicated to the on-going experimentation, analysis and development of radical modernism, minimalism, the monochrome, constructivism, non-objective art and the readymade; which were key reference points in his work. Experimental Painting Workshop (EPW), which the artist named in 1990, but which covers works dating back to 1968, formed the basis of Nixon’s rigorous and long-standing intellectual investigation into the making of art, which over time expanded to encompass not only painting, but collage, photography, video, dance and experimental music performance.
Nixon exhibited regularly and widely throughout his career. He held more than 70 solo exhibitions since 2001, including the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst Otterndorf, Otterndorf and the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. He represented Australia at Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany in 1982.
Nixon’s works are held in every major state museum collection in Australia, and selected international public collections include: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Foire National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Stiftung fur Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen; The Artists Museum, Lodz; Herning Kunstmuseumm, Denmark; Daimler Chrysler Collection, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Esberg, Denmark; Espace d’Art Contemporain, Demigny; and National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Seoul.