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Sugarloaf, a ski painting

December 22nd, 2012 1 Comment

Sugarloaf, Timberline, 2012
Sugarloaf, Timberline Chair, 2012, oil on canvas, 42 x 32 inches, private collection.

It has been a while since I have posted any news or a new painting here recently. I am happy to send this painting off to a new home in Calgary to live on the walls of a skiing family.

Last March I posted an image of the study for this painting. The painting took quite a few turns along the way and I finally finished it a few weeks ago.

Le pays oblique – Cécile Ronc

May 11th, 2012

Le vernissage de mon amie peintre Cecile Ronc. À voir!

Sugarloaf – a ski painting

March 26th, 2012

Sugarloaf - a ski painting
Sugarloaf (study), oil on gessoed paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2011, private collection.

I have a painting that is based on this study on the go in the studio. It has been through many changes and nearly finished. Until then, here is the study that preceded it.

the yellow lighthouse

March 8th, 2012

The Yellow Lighthouse
Lighthouse (study), oil on paper, about 24 x 30 inches, 2010.
A study that stayed that way.

Shadows are falling and I have been here all day

October 31st, 2011

Shadows are falling and I have been here all day

Shadows are falling and I have been here all day, oil on canvas, 152 x 122 cm, 2011

A large painting from my last exhibition (I finally got it documented).

Installation Views ‘Ni quitter ni coller’

October 11th, 2011

Here are two installation views of the exhibition ‘Ni coller ni coller’ at The McClure Gallery last February.
Mark Dixon - The McClure Gallery
Main Gallery, right-hand wall.

The McClure Gallery
Main Gallery, Cecile Ronc, Sebastien Worsnip, Mark Dixon.

Mark Dixon - The McClure Gallery
Front gallery. Painting on left – Sebastien Worsnip. Painting on right – Mark Dixon.

Video Ni quitter ni coller – The McClure Gallery

February 15th, 2011

Here is a video made by The McCLure Gallery from the night of the opening :

Ni quitter ni coller
de Mark Dixon, Cécile Ronc et Sébastien Worsnip.
Galerie McClure. Vernissage. Fevrier 2011
Montreal (QC)
Exposition collective de peinture.

Current Exhibition ‘Ni quitter ni coller’

February 4th, 2011

Here is the information for my curent exhibition with fellow Montreal artists Cécile Ronc and Sébastien Worsnip.
For more information, view the press release.

Dixon - Ronc - Worsnip

Mark Dixon, Cécile Ronc and Sébastien Worsnip
Neither to stray nor to follow
February 4 to 26 2011
Vernissage: Thursday, February 3 at 6 pm

The McClure Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Neither to stray nor to follow, featuring the paintings of Mark Dixon, Cecile Ronc and Sébastien Worsnip. The title is taken from a Chinese maxim and references landscape and the elements of nature as a primary source of artistic inspiration. The maxim well represents the artists’ approach to painting, all of which tend towards abstraction without, however, completely abandoning an evocation of landscape.

In preparation for the exhibition, Dixon, Ronc and Worsnip met regularly to exchange ideas, report on their works in progress and to engage in and provoke a more profound reflection on an art practice that focuses on a theme as ancient as painting itself. The artists have sought in their works to evoke more than to represent, to question the illusory nature of pictorial space as well as to permit the co-existence of several visual languages. They also sought to bring particular attention to the tactile aspect of paint and colour as expressions of the link between landscape and the inner life of the psyche.

La galerie McClure a le plaisir de présenter l’exposition Ni quitter ni coller des peintres Mark Dixon, Cécile Ronc et Sébastien Worsnip. Le titre de ce projet est issu d’une maxime chinoise et fait référence à la source d’inspiration première des artistes : le paysage et les éléments naturels. En effet, ceux-ci leur servent de prétextes à des explorations formelles qui tendent vers l’abstraction sans jamais quitter l’évocation du paysage.

Dixon, Ronc et Worsnip se rencontrent régulièrement pour échanger sur leur travail. Il en ressort une importante réflexion sur des pratiques intéressées par un sujet aussi ancien que la peinture elle-même. Les artistes recherchent dans leurs œuvres : « […] à évoquer plutôt qu’à représenter, à figurer ; à suggérer des espaces multiples et contradictoires au sein d’un même espace pictural illusoire, à faire coexister plusieurs langages visuels, à accorder une attention particulière à l’aspect tactile de la peinture et une place privilégiée à la couleur comme expression des liens entre le paysage et la vie psychique…»

Book – Making Art Connections

December 3rd, 2010

Two of my paintings are included in the book Making Art Connections, published by McGraw-Hill in Australia. There is also a write up about my work.

You may view the 2 pages my paintings are on in this PDF file.

Making Art Connections is a new practical-based Visual Arts text for junior students in New South Wales. With a contemporary and fun design, Making Art Connections concentrates on your students? own experiences in creating art, while introducing them to new language, concepts and the world of a diverse range of artists. Making Art Connections enables your students to draw links between their own experiences and the artists, artworks and audiences that surround them, providing a rich learning experience.
Written by experienced author and teacher Chris Bates and practising Visual Arts teachers Megan Booth and Sean O’Keeffe, Making Art Connections ensures that students actively experience and appreciate the artmaking process.

Making Art Connections - Mark Dixon

A painting installed (archives)

August 31st, 2010 1 Comment


A painting from the Halifax series.

Arts funding programs under attack

August 26th, 2008

As you may have heard, several arts funding programs have been cancelled in the last seven days. While many in the press have condemned this decision, government leaks have been handled in such a way that indicates they feel it is electorally profitable for them to cancel these programs.


Studio Search : Ended

November 30th, 2007 3 Comments

It had been a while that I was looking for a studio, but last month I found a place to work. It is a nice, smallish place with large windows on Pine Avenue near St Laurent Blvd (for those familiar with Montreal).

Seen Elsewhere

September 3rd, 2007

Here’s a heartwarming art story from The Economist, of all places. In 1993, two students at Frankfurt’s art school (Städelschule) each gave the caretaker a painting for his 50th birthday. Somehow, it became a tradition for students to give the caretaker and his wife a painting at graduation. By now, the couple have a superb art collection — much of it valuable, none of it for sale, with none of the acquistions based on anything but personal affection.

From The Intrepid Art Collector.

paradigm shift

July 19th, 2007

I have always liked the term ‘paradigm shift’…

I found this interesting article via the art blog bloggy :

Today, instead of a cultural crisis, we’re facing a paradigm shift. Thanks to the Internet, the monopoly of the elites and the publishing empires they represent are crumbling, and if the blinders imposed by the powers that be haven’t yet been pried off, they have at least, for the moment, been bent back. If you don’t believe in democracy, this is a problem. If you do, then this is could be the dawning of a new golden age. Anyone who visits websites like,, or our own, is aware of the vast amount of valuable content on the net. Within the past few years individual art bloggers have appeared. As a confirmed contrarian, committed to opposing any structure whatsoever, the idea of a venue where the only limitations are an individual’s intellect, energy, and time is very appealing. Though the list of people writing and creating forums for discussions in cyberspace is long, indeed very long, for the purposes of this article I interviewed three who have made unique innovations.

Still studio searching

June 18th, 2007

I am still searching for a small studio to rent or for a larger one to share. I sometimes use oil paints but use non-toxic solvents. If you know of a place in Montreal please let me know.

Rob and Maria’s Wall

April 25th, 2007

Nice to see that the painting has found a nice home.

Small Works Available

April 2nd, 2007

I have put 10 small works on paper online and available for purchase. They are all easy to ship and inexpensive. Click to view the gallery. You may pay online using a credit card or contact me to arrange other payment options.

Saatchi Gallery Showdown (vote)

March 19th, 2007

I have a painting included in this week’s Saatchi Gallery Showdown.

You can Vote for it here.

In a new initiative to generate more exposure for the artists in Your Gallery and Stuart, and to spotlight their work to as wide an audience as possible, we have created SHOWDOWN.

SHOWDOWN is for all registered Your Gallery and Stuart artists to enter their works for visitors to score. The winner of the final head-to-head vote will receive £1000 and the runner up will receive £750. The winning work will go on display at the new Saatchi gallery.

This is the painting I have entered:

New York City Art Gallery Guide

March 14th, 2007

I suggest ArtCal for info on exhibitions happening in NYC.

David Hall, exhibition

February 15th, 2007

My friend David Hall is having an exhibition here in Montreal. His paintings are defintely worth seeing in person.

David Hall

“Shifting Ground”
Tableaux de David Hall

La galerie d’art Warren G. Flowers
4001 Boulevard de Maisonneuve ouest
Montréal, Québec

13 février au 7 mars, 2007
Vernissage: Mardi, le 20 f̩vrier, 2007; 17:30 Р19:30

Purchase Art Online

January 22nd, 2007 3 Comments

I am working on a new section for my portfolio web site where people will be able to purchase small works on paper. They will be easy to ship and not too expensive (and you will be able to pay online). Coming soon.

I am not sure what to call the section, Gallery? Store? Purchase? Buy? The last three seem a bit crass. Suggestions?

Without images

January 12th, 2007 1 Comment

Recently I have been in a non-blog period. I have not been that regular with my own posts and at the same time have been reading less blogs. Do any of you have suggestions for good blogs to read? Add a comment and let me know – I would like to find some new ones to check out.

On the painting side of things I have been trying a few new things. Last week I started a portrait of J. If it improves I will post it here – but how it stands now I am not that happy with it. I used to do quite a bit of life drawing and painting from the model in my undergrad studies but have not in the last long while. It makes me realize how drawing or painting from life is a skill the requires continued practice.

Check out these artists on video

December 28th, 2006

This is just a quick note to recomment the videos on Vincent Romaniello’s blog. He features several artists talking about their work. The quality is very good.

X-Factor : Miami

December 11th, 2006

My work is currently included in an online exhibition organised by The Miami Art Exchange. Click here for more information.

Miami Art Exchange Presents X Factor, a group exhibition featuring the work of local and international artists. A “Factor” is an event, circumstance, influence, or element that plays a part in bringing about a result. A factor in a case contributes to its causation or outcome.

Live free or die

November 27th, 2006

Video Description
I wrote this tune back in 2004 when I was doing work at the mill. I ended up back there for a couple of days in November as it was being dismantled so I took some footage and cut together this video.
This is a song I wrote and made a video for.

This is a video that my friend Rob made for a song he wrote. Definitely worth the listen and the look.