John Nixon: Two New Films, Elam Lecture Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand

John Nixon, Nine Colour Flag 2009
Enamel on MDF
45 x 60 cm

Friday, June 25, 2010, 1pm

At this screening John Nixon will introduce Colour-Rhythm Films 2006-2008 and The Donkey’s Tail: Ad Hoc Blues (Seven Short Silver Films) 2008, both of which are extensions of his polychrome and silver paintings. There will be a brief introduction in which the artist will discuss both films in the context of his broader ideas of art, his core practice of painting and put forward a model of practice that is multidisciplinary involving his work as a painter, filmmaker, musician, photographer, and independent curator.

About the artist:
John Nixon was born Sydney in 1949 and lives in Briar Hill, Melbourne. His first solo exhibition was in 1973 at Pinacotheca, Melbourne. In 1982 he was selected by Germano Celant to represent Australia at Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany. In 1999 he was winner of Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, Melbourne and in 2001/02 Recipient of Australia Council Fellowship Award.

Since 2000 the artist has held large-scale exhibitions surveying aspects of his work from 1968-2005 at the following museums and galleries: Kunstmuseum Singen, Germany; Kunstmuseum Baselland, Basle, Switzerland; Stiftung fur Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and works from 2006-2007 TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville.

His work is included in all major State Museum collections in Australia. Major holdings of his work are in the Chartwell Collection Auckland, Stiftung fur Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and the Daimler Collection, Stuttgart, Germany.

In Auckland John Nixon is represented by Sue Crockford Gallery – he stages regular solo exhibitions there and at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne; Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney; Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington; Galerie Mark Muller, Zurich.