John Nixon

1956 - 2020 untitled 1990
  • enamel, wood, metal and twine on board
40.6 cm x 50.6 cm

John Nixon is a seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction. Since 1968, his work has been dedicated to the on-going experimentation, analysis and development of radical modernism.

Referring back to the 'ready-made' work of early twentieth century Russian artists such as Malevitch, Nixon creates in this untitled sculptural work, a resolutely abstract composition of forms, shapes, textures and colour that nonetheless embodies the idea of work and labour through the use of common materials and objects like the hammer, twine and pieces of plywood.


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