I thought it would be intriguing to ask painters this simple yet complex question. This query comes with no ground rules—it’s up to each individual artist to find their own approach and direction.
This project will be an ongoing exploration … let’s see where it takes us.
What is Painting?
Featuring Terry Dixon
Painting is therapy, a sort of escapism for me personally. This feeling allows me to enter a world that only I have access to; I can be alone with my thoughts and ideas.
I am fascinated with the use of color and imagery. Being a mixed media artist allows me to take traditional painting techniques and push them to the very edge. Using my abstract photography and my intuitive painted line conflated with the juxtaposition of various color spectrums opens up a whole new world beyond just paint … a world of motion and life.
The creative opportunities are endless. Painting gives me the chance to express ideas and release personal energies onto various surfaces to express a connection with the world and beyond.
No matter what I do with my paint brush I am always creating with the dynamics of light. Light refracts through many facets of colors and this allows me to explore the connection between these various mediums. Every new angle of light changes the complexity of the color in the painting allowing the painting to dance in the light—conveying a mental connection of kinetic energy.
With each of my pieces I bear my soul and tell a story … I am so grateful when the viewer inhabits my creative existence.
Terry Dixon, Staring Off, mixed media, 24″ x 36″, 2013
Artist Terry Dixon is a very unique artist that has had the opportunity to be featured on the front cover of the International review of African American Art, 2009 and selected as one of the next artist to collect in BusinessWeek Magazine in the May of 2005 article “Photography’s Golden Age”, as Dixon is noted for juxtaposing photographic images with his abstract paintings.
Terry is a native of Washington, DC and was born of the arts. As Dixon grew up, he was given the opportunity to explore the visual arts through his parents. His mother was an aspiring painter and his fathers job was in advertising, so a young Dixon was destined for creativity.
In route to receiving his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1992, Terry composed new art perspectives by employing various visual art techniques through painting, photography, computer art, video and electronic music. In 1993, he pursued his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, completing the program in 1995.
Throughout his body of work, Terry explores kinetic connections with his abstract line style. His painting style is sometimes aggressive and sporadic and then slows down to a smooth sense of control. His imagery reflects a heavy influence of African Art, and Abstract Expressionism, and this is all fueled by his love for jazz and electronic music.
Some of Terry’s work explores different parts of the human face, and body, and abstracted in various ways that pull the viewer deeper into his creations. Certain pieces are influenced by interactions with society and political issues while others are free flowing ideas that move to the mental rhythm of his creativity.
His imagery has been noted to be complex and somewhat musical in its flow across the surface of his creations. Terry’s mind travels across a vivid color palette in the execution of his paint strokes and then fuses black ink and abstract lines over the surface to jolt the viewer’s eye into many different angles across the canvas.
Terry Dixon began exhibiting in 1991 while living in Atlanta, and now has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2000. Terry landed on the art scene in Chicago, at BAREWALLS 2000, a live art exhibition coordinated by the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has been in various solo and group exhibitions, and has been busy working on projects for various solo exhibitions. His works are owned by private collectors in the United States, Europe and a part of the very prestigious Sandor Collection in Chicago.
Find out more on Terry Dixon here.
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