John Nixon, 2010, Installation view at Hamish McKay Gallery.

John Nixon is one of the most renowned abstract artists of his generation. Using flat colours and abstract shapes he transforms the ordinary. If your decor is in need of some colour and modern flair, look to John Nixon’s aesthetic for inspiration and start getting creative. 

Since his first solo exhibition in Melbourne in 1973, he has mounted hundreds of solo exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States. In 1982, he was selected by Germano Celant to represent Australia at Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany.

Using mixed media Nixon creates interesting shapes through the combination of simple objects. Translating this idea to decor is simple and effective. Use strong simple items and arrange it in a way that create an abstract and interesting space.

Installation view of John Nixon: EPW -Painting for an Abstract Commune, MINUS SPACE, 2014
Installation view of John Nixon: EPW -Painting for an Abstract Commune, MINUS SPACE, 2014.

 

Another technique Nixon has mastered is the use of repetition and colour blocking. Is can also have relevance when decorating a space. Use strong and bold colours in a repetitive way to create a space that is modern.  For a statement wall use artworks with the same aesthetic and colours.

John Nixon, Untitled, 2014, Enamel and mixed materials on canvas
John Nixon, Untitled, 2014, Enamel and mixed materials on canvas.

 

Images courtesy of:

www.hamishmckay.co.nz

www.annaschwartzgallery.com

www.minusspace.com

 

Compiled by Sanri Pienaar