Tom Dixon (b. 1947)
Oil on masonite
Courtesy of 203 Fine Art, Taos
Tom Dixon recalls being deeply impacted as a teenager by a Franz Kline painting exhibited at the Denver Art Museum.
In 1978 - after stints in the Army, commercial art school, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and work as a carpenter - Dixon moved to Taos. He immediately turned his full focus to drawing and painting. For the past twenty-five years, Dixon has lived and worked in a small studio with abundant north light and an unobstructed view of Taos Mountain.
Dixon’s paintings on panels - composed of multi-hued, obsessively worked layers of oil - appear to be physically attacked on a human scale. Scraped, splashed, and scratched, each work is a scarred remnant of infinite activity and pigmentation. The panels – having been assaulted with a steel chisel, ten inch brush, wide palette knives, or whatever was handy - reveal layers of history beneath a frenzied graffiti. This is countered by lyric color combinations, calligraphic markings, and - at times - geometric designs drawn in oil stick.