'Working toward resolution'

Tom Dixon's new deconstructivist series

By Lynne Robinson
Posted 4/24/20

Tom Dixon may well be the most "underappreciated artist around," as his friend and fellow painter Peter Parks notes, but he is also one of the most respected and collected contemporary artists in Taos.

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'Working toward resolution'

Tom Dixon's new deconstructivist series

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Tom Dixon may well be the most "underappreciated artist around," as his friend and fellow painter Peter Parks notes, but he is also one of the most respected and collected contemporary artists in Taos.

Working out of the same studio he has lived and painted in for more than 30 years, Dixon continues to make compelling and intriguing work, allowing it to evolve in its own way.

These two paintings, above, are newly completed works by Tom Dixon, part of a new series he has been working on for an exhibition planned for August of 2020, at 203 Fine Art, Taos.

In this new series, Dixon is working in the deconstructivist style he is known for. Working for months on end, the artist creates extraordinary compositions, only to paint over them with a large area of gray or off-white using large opaque gestural brushstrokes. Then, he works back into each piece to uncover areas, allowing the original compositions to filter through, as he starts building the surface with color and line. "Working toward resolution," he says.

There is nothing contrived about Dixon's process - it evolves organically from the moment the artist approaches the bare canvas.

"I don't think about where my work comes from. My inspiration comes from within not from an exterior influence. This group of paintings is more graphic with the use of line. I want to surprise myself.

"My paintings change every day and every hour - it's all about composing something great to deconstruct. All my works are new inventions, trying to create a visual as simple as possible. These current works just happen to be more about the line and color."

"There is a very interesting, graphic and colorful aspect to these new works, which we have not seen in Dixon's past work," Eric Andrews, the owner of 209 Fine Art says. "The two pieces we have now at the gallery are part of a prerelease, to allow us to generate interest in this new series and create a buzz around our opening."

Visit 203 Fineart online for more information at 203fineart.com.

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