As a kid I used to spend a lot of time in my Grandma’s studio, where I’d draw, paint, read her massive collection of art books, and occasionally perform the role of slightly sullen model. That’s obviously where I caught the art bug, but unlike Grandma, who painted from life, I’m more interested in working from secondary sources and looking at how they mediate our experience of the world.
For the last few years I’ve played around with vintage souvenir imagery. Postcards showing dolphin pools, Big Things, pale tourists getting burnt on the beach or exploring of the outback in slightly inappropriate skivvy ensembles are all grist for the mill.
I’m interested in how these images encourage the viewer to see a place primarily as a kind of playground. The environment, history and inhabitants of these places are depicted as being purely in service of that recreation. With my paintings I take such images apart and turn them on their head.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, COFA Master of Studio Art, SCA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS - 2017: El Dorado, Gaffa Gallery 2016: Wonders of the Past, Gallerysmith Projectspace 2011: Dawn and Dusk, galleryeight 2010: Terra Nova, Mary Place Gallery 2009: Awfully Pretty, galleryeight 2008: Borderlands, Don’t Look Gallery 2005: Fantasy Island, Boundary 2004: Scenic, inaugural exhibition of the Newtown Precinct Art Space Project, @ Newtown SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS - 2017: Persona, Scratch Art Space (Curated by Rachael Helmore) Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School Echoes, Tortuga Studios Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery 2015: Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School Face-to-Face, Gaffa Gallery (Curated by Celine Roberts) Waverley Artist Studios Group Show, as a part of Art Month Sydney, Waverley Library 2014: The Lab, an Art Pharmacy pop-up event as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013: Stimulate/Sedate, aMBUSH Gallery (an Art Pharmacy pop-up event) Passing Through, Wellington Street Projects (Curated by Katherine Brickman) Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts 2012: Pop Tarts Present: Something naughty or nice?, Michael Reid Gallery (online show) Fisher's Ghost Art Award (Contemporary Art Award), Campbelltown Arts CentreArt + Food: Beyond the Still Life, Brenda May Gallery (Curated by Megan Fizell) Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Gallery Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts 2011 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts Marrickville X, ESP Gallery Women on Boards Art Prize, Tap Gallery Fabrication, galleryeight Unfolding, ATVP Affinity, galleryeight Küt, Alaska Projects 40x40x40cm Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery 2010: Electric Encounters, Plump Gallery, Sydney Fringe Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre 2009: Liverpool City Art Prize, Casula Powerhouse 2008: Still Life, Brenda May Gallery Pigments of Imagination, Mary Place Gallery Arcadiarama, ATVP
Attraction - Yen Magazine, issue 76, May 2015, pp. 48 - 51Real Art for a Fictitious World: There's something about Mary - SF Girl by Bay - 6 March 2014http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2014/03/06/real-art-for-a-fictitious-world-8/The Artistic Time 5: Yearbook of Artists in Residence 2013 - La Macina di San Cresci - 2014http://www.chianticom.com/en/libri-e-oggetti-othermenu-87/307-the-artistic-time-n5Art Roundup: Summer Time - Style by Emily Henderson - 23 April 2013http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/art-roundup-summer-time/Maz Dixon Manipulated Retro Postcards - Frankie Magazine Blog - 7 April 2013http://www.frankie.com.au/blogs/art/maz-dixon-manipulated-retro-postcardsI'm Jealous of Maz Dixon - The Jealous Curator - 18 March 2013http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/2013/03/18/im-jealous-of-maz-dixon
Anne Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Edward Hopper