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.
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.
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.
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
Mr. Richard Baker
Ms. Sabrina Guinness
Mr. Peter Asher
Mr. Earl McGrath
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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