John Nixon


‘John Nixon is Australia’s most influential conceptual artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally since the mid-1970s. Nixon attended the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in Melbourne (1969-1970), establishing a reputation for his minimalist abstract paintings from the early 1970s.’ Ocula

Untitled (Red and White Cross), 2014, Enamel and wood on canvas, 25 × 25 cm (Image Artsy)

As an art student I chose John Nixon to interview for Art Theory. I’ll always remember the length of time he spoke to me at little notice about all things including how his work related to both Russian Constructivism and Australian culture. At the time he was sitting his solo exhibition (artist run space) in Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 1980s.