About the Artist

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Internationally-selling artist, Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches multiple art disciplines to students both in-studio and online.

Originally from Indiana, she is an American and British citizen, living on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Private study available. Commissions considered. Speaking engagements and group lessons by arrangement.

Please contact to discuss projects or how you can purchase her work.

Artist’s Statement

I rarely begin with an idea; I start with pure work ethic. Walking up to a blank surface doesn’t intimidate me. Marks happen and the work becomes a thing I channel. Fearlessly combining mental illness with industrial design methodologies has become my guiding tenet.

My paintings are collisions of shapes and chaos; colours clash and complement. The process is as much excavation as invention. I paint, draw, scratch, and wipe away materials to translate a riot derived from human interaction and emotion. Multiple works frequently develop simultaneously from the same palette. Seizures of lines on one work may become swathes of tranquility on another.

To balance with the bedlam I create on canvas, my drawings demonstrate precision. Pen and ink works are full of serene, hard lines but other works on paper will commonly use the same oils, acrylics, pastels, and pencil as are used in my paintings.

Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions and Events:
2017: 10 – 29 June: “Excavation / Exploration” Willoughby Gallery solo exhibition at The Castle, Bude
2016: 23 – 24 Sept: Cruel and Curious Sanctuary Exhibition, Stowe Barton, Cornwall
2016: 28 May – 5 June: Open Studios Cornwall 2016 – Crackington Haven, Cornwall
2015: 9 Dec: Trewin Design Architects Pop-Up Exhibition, Holsworthy, Cornwall
2015 Dec – 2016 Jan: Cruel and Curious Hinterland extension solo exhibition, National Trust Café, Boscastle
2015: Work available through Wadebridge Art, Wadebridge, Cornwall
2015: 25 – 26 Sept: Cruel and Curious Hinterland Exhibition, Stowe Barton, Cornwall
2015: 23 May – 31 May: Open Studios Cornwall 2015 – Crackington Haven, Cornwall
2015: 24 April – 14 May: “Containing Chaos” Willoughby Gallery solo exhibition at The Castle, Bude.
2015: 24 April – 7 May: “Containing Chaos” Blanchminster Gallery solo exhibition at The Castle, Bude.
2014 – 2015: Representation by Market House Gallery, Marazion, Cornwall
2014: Open Studios, Cornwall
2013: Semi-finalist, Royal West of England Academy 161st Annual Exhibition, Bristol *
2013: St Gennys Art Exhibition, Cornwall
2012: Semi-finalist, Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition, Bristol *
2012: St Gennys Art Exhibition, Cornwall
2009: Art on the Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Teaching:
2016 – current: Skillshare.com teacher with 6000 unique students, global
2015: Abstract Expressionism lecture and workshop, St Marks C of E School, Morwenstow, Cornwall
2011 – 2014: Wooda Farm, Life Drawing weekly class, Cornwall
2011 – current: private tutor, basic art training, figurative drawing, Cornwall
2012: Beginning Drawing at Crackington Institute, Cornwall
2012: Life Drawing at Crackington Institute, Cornwall
2012: Expressive Drawing Classes at Boscastle National Trust, Cornwall
2012: Brockhill Chapel, Still Life Drawing weekly class, Cornwall
1993: private tutor, figurative drawing, Pennsylvania
1988 – 1990: general art instruction tuition for early teens, Indiana

Life Modelling:
2012 – current: private painting group hire
2012 – current: Wooda Farm
2013: Plymouth University

Miscellaneous Recognition and Articles:
2014: Using the Jackson’s Bespoke Frame Builder by Jen Dixon
2014: Jen Dixon Uses Jackson’s Picture Varnishes
2014: Featured artist interview on The Palette Pages, 11 March
2013: Cult Pens Artist of the Month – December 2013
2011: RedBubble Featured Artist – May 2011

Collections:
Private collections in United Kingdom, Europe, and United States

Degree:
1990 – 1992: Industrial Design, Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Other North Cornwall Area Activities:
2013: Wooda Life Drawing student exhibition
2012: Wooda Life Drawing student exhibition
2011 – current: Set painting and design for Craven Players productions
2011: Wooda Life Drawing student exhibition

Notable Design, Web Development, and Illustration Clients:
Dennis Publishing, Rio Tinto, Bluebell Media, BTPodshow,
Mevio, Absinthe-Shop, Pragmatika, Fishlight Ltd, Cleverbodies,
Wooda Farm

Additional Skills:
1997 – 2004: Digital Pre-press Technician, print specialist
1996 – current: Writing, Copywriting, Editing