Andrew Nixon was born in 1959. He studied figure drawing at an early age in the private studio of Rhode Island artists Myrna and Robert Lamb. He holds degrees in sculpture from Boston University’s School of Visual Arts and Indiana University’s Hope School of Fine Art. Henry Geldzahler, former curator of 20th Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, became an early supporter of his work and remained so until his death, in 1994.

In 1996, a stay in France led to a change in direction. Inspired by Brittany’s distinctive light and pastoral landscapes, Nixon began producing monotypes. Over the next several years, he explored methods of transferring the simple, evocative qualities of his prints to painting. The resulting landscapes were not literal records of specific places so much as inventions that combined remembered surroundings with perceptual inquiries.

Nixon’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States as well as in France and Scotland. He has won top prizes in a number of competitions, including a 2012-13 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. His paintings and monotypes are in the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design and in numerous corporate and private collections. Nixon currently resides with his wife in Massachusetts, where he teaches and paints.

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