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Willard Dixon

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Willard Dixon
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Willard Dixon was born in Kansas City MO. 1942. He has shown extensively in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and has had over 40 one man shows.  His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum,  The SFMOMA, and the Oakland Museum. He has executed large scale commissions for the California Supreme Court, The Oakland Museum, and the Las Vegas Federal Courthouse, and received an NEA Fellowship Grant in 1989.

Artist Statement

With the perspective afforded as my practice of painting moves well into its fifth decade, I  have occasion to reflect  on what  common spirit  might be running through the work, underlying the different approaches and subject matter that have emerged over the years.  What  I perceive most clearly in the successful work is a sense of presence or aliveness, and a “rightness” of form scale and color.   Somehow through luck, hard work or some combination of the two,I’ve been able to find and draw these qualities out of the paint.  In my landscapes, that can be achieved through a certain evocation of space and light.  In the still lifes, by a concentration on composition and scale and reduction to essentials,  and now in my portraits, engaging similar means in the service of conjuring a human presence.  Through it all I’ve learned to accept and enjoy the impossibility of having more than a momentary resting place before moving on to another attempt.  I do appreciate more and more the way a painting , its spirit arising out of such humble materials, continues to rest silently on the wall, contemplating both itself and the viewer amidst the hurried buzz of our contemporary lives, offering a refuge and occasion for those desiring a deeper and more satisfying engagement of our attention.

Willard Dixon


Selected One Man Exhibitions

2008   San Francisco MOMA Artists Gallery

2005   Dolby Chadwick Gallery, S.F. CA.

2005   Fischbach Gallery,  N.Y. C., N.Y.

2002   Earl McGrath Gallery,  L.A., CA.

2002  The Bolinas Museum,  Bolinas, CA.

2001  Hackett Freedman Gallery, S.F., CA.

2000  Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, CA.

1997  Tatistcheff Rogers Gallery, L.A., CA.

1989  William Sawyer Gallery, S.F., CA.

1980  Tortue Gallery,  L.A., CA.

(Willard Dixon has had more than 40 One Man Shows at these and other galleries)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012  Introduction Two, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame CA

2011  California: A Landscape of Dreams, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA.

2010  Self Portrait Invitational, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT.

2008  At Waters Edge, I.Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2007  San Francisco Scenes, George Krevsky Gallery, S.F. CA.

2007  Ten Years, A Retrospective. Dolby Chadwick Gallery,  S.F. CA.

2006  Our Planet, Our Home, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, S.F., CA.

2002  Scene in Oakland 1852-2002, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.

1995  Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area,  DeYoung Museum, S.F.

1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

1991  The Landscape in 20th Century American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.C., NY.

1993  Contemporary Realism: California Landscapes, Monterey Museum of Art Monterey, California

Selected Public Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Oakland Museum

The Utah Museum of Fine Art

The San Francisco Art Commission

AMA Headquarters, washington, D.C.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., S.F. CA.

Transamerica Headquarters,S.F., CA.

San Francisco International Airport

IBM Corporation, San Jose, CA.

Pacific Bell

Selected Private Collections

Mr. Harrison Ford

Mr. Peter Duchin

Ms. Linda Ronstadt

Ms Faye Dunaway

Mr. Peter Morton

Mrs. H.J. Heinze

Mr Rupert Lowenstein

Mr. Chappy Morris

Mr. Griffen Dunne

Margy Boyd

Caroline Graham

Mr. Richard Baker

Ms. Sabrina Guinness

Mr. Peter Asher

Mr. Earl McGrath

Selected Bibliography

1999  Art and Architecture   San Francisco Civic Center Complex Catalogue

1999  What Good is Art?       William T. Wiley & Mary Hull Webster& 100 Artists, StudioDot Wiz

1998  The Artist and the American Landscape     John Driscoll, First Glance Books

1996  Rediscovering the Landscape of the Americas    Alan Gussow, Gerald Peters Gallery

1995  Facing eden: 100 years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and University of California Press

1993  Paintings of California, Arnold Skolnick The Artist as Native, Reinventing Regionalism,  Alan Gussow, Pomegranate Artbooks

1992  Willard Dixon: A California Luminist,   Art of California,    Katherine Littell The Landscape in Twentieth-Century American Art: Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Lowery stokes and Lisa Messinger The Painted City,  Harvey Jones, Oakland Museum

1986  Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

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