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  • Where to Find Me
  • Rex Dixon (bio)

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Xaymaca, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 30 in.

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Passage, 2007. Collage and gouache on paper, 12 x 9 in.

The paintings and collages in this exhibition have been selected from work produced in my studio in Trinidad between 2006 and 2007. A previous series called Wide Sargasso Sea used as its basic visual language a type of hard-edged geometrical or striped shape that was floated over a stained or soft-focus surface. The paintings tended to concentrate on the feeling of “crossing over” or moving from one side of the painting to the other across a large distance. Like the Jean Rhys character, as an artist I was also making the distance across a largely white-dominated geographic and cultural space to one where I was in the minority. Time and longevity in such a region also infuses itself into color, titles, and preoccupations imperceptibly in the process of making paintings.

Current painterly concerns tend to be more specific and try to nail down a more physical space. Migration—and for a painter a shifting of light colors and subject matter—place me in a liminal space. On my occasional visits to the United Kingdom, friends would list the host of exotic islands when trying to remember where I lived—knowing it was tropical but not quite remembering where. Thus these works tend to be more physical, more gestural, with added directives such as arrows or small grids and occasional place names or texts. However, the physicality is not easy to pin down. Place names may be Arawak or in Spanish, the language misunderstood; maps may be misleading, directions wrong. Maybe it was more “fillet of plaice” than “spirit of place” that one carried on the journey. Regardless, at the end of the day, the paintings were made—a record of some sort of voyage. [End Page 91]

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Trade Routes, 2007. Collage and gouache on paper, 12 x 9 in.

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Flying Over, 2007. Collage and gouache on paper, 12 x 9 in.

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Where to Find Me, 2007. Collage and gouache on paper, 12 x 9 in.

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Rex Dixon

Rex Dixon is a painter trained in a number of art schools in the United Kingdom. He was visual arts officer at Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, from 1972 to 1977. He taught painting as a full-time lecturer on the bachelor of art course at the New University of Ulster, Belfast, prior to teaching since 1985 in the painting department of the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts, Jamaica. He has exhibited extensively in the Caribbean and internationally and represented Jamaica in the second and third Biennale of Caribbean and Central American Painting, the Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His work can be seen in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica and at the library of the University of the West Indies, Mona. He lives in Trinidad.



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