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ArtistJohn Nixon
Production Date2009
Mediumenamel on MDF
Size450 x 600 mm
DepartmentInternational Art
Accession Date01 Sep 2010
Accession NoC2010/1/26/1.1-2
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2010


John Nixon’s work is an ongoing sequence of experiments within a tightly defined visual language. Nixon’s rigorous approach builds on the revolutionary work of early 20th-century abstractionists such as Kasimir Malevich. However, where Malevich had spiritual aspirations, Nixon is stubbornly material. Making pragmatic use of trade materials like commercial paint and MDF board, his art exists firmly in this world. As Nixon says, ‘[My artworks] are objects, not art as illusion but art as matter.’

Chartwell Notes

Image: Installation view, Sue Crockford Gallery 2010