“I naturally gravitated towards the art world through a very early-life love of self expression which originally took shape via both music and visual art. ”
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Andy now lives and works in Los Angeles. His pieces begin with thin layers of acrylic paint which he then illustrates over using oil pastels. The work is intended to explore the psychology of value and desire while drawing attention to an art world taboo: it's sometimes uncomfortable entanglement with the world of luxury.
Solo exhibitions include: ‘Expensive Things II’, Winsor Gallery, Art Toronto (2016); ‘Expensive Things I’, Winsor Gallery, Art Toronto (2016); and ‘Leisure Studies’, RHG, New York (2015). Group exhibitions include: ’10 Year Anniversary’, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2018); ‘Art Seattle’, Windsor Gallery, Seattle (2017); and ‘Art Toronto’, Windsor gallery, Toronto (2016). Dixon first group exhibition with BEERS London was in ‘O Canada!’ (2017). Dixon’s solo showings with BEERS London include ‘Pronk!’, Volta Art Fair, New York (2017); and ‘How Much do They Cost?’, Pulse Art Fair, Miami (2017). Recently Andy had an opening at BEERS London in October 2018 and next up is a solo exhibit with Joshua Liner in New York at the end of February 2019.
Our value of art is truly a phenomenon that operates on a set of rules distinct from the ones that govern the rest of our world. Paintings which feature the tropes Dixon samples from perhaps at one time had social or political agency but are now simply commodities assigned value by the highest bidder. Paintings of expensive things are themselves expensive things collected by the wealthy to promote the luxury lifestyle. However, Dixon isn't out to mock the affluent. Rather, he is a complicit player in the game; his larger paintings of upper class social scenes tend to feature his own previous paintings hanging on the walls in the background.
“Lately I find a lot of inspiration in rap and trap music. I think I'm exploring the same concepts of luxury and wealth as a lot of today's rap artists. But also, like all artists, I am constantly categorizing every morsel of stimuli I come across; the colours of buildings, the forms of plant life, the sounds of machinery, etc. All go into a kind of mental database of influences.”
A self-taught painter, Andy treats his high-brow content in a crude manner, matching a vivid pastel palette with rough line treatment. His practice has recently expanded to include 3D sculptures which mimic the figures in his paintings—absurdly disproportionate, yet still created with an eye toward beauty. In this way, Dixon's own appreciation of his subject matter is evident; and while his work questions the subjective valuation of artwork, it also proves that it doesn't necessarily detract from its beauty.