Maz Dixon is a Sydney artist whose art is inspired by vintage postcards. Paintings such as Shangri-La, the winner of the 2017 Waverley Art Prize, playfully explore the colonisation of landscapes and histories by tourism.
Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts and a Master of Studio Art at the Sydney College of Art, Dixon’s practice has focussed primarily on painting and its relationship with mass-produced photographic images. Taking figures and landscapes from postcards, she works out a composition on computer before rendering it into a line drawing that is projected and traced onto a surface. The transition of images from mass-produced to a unique work of art is a central feature of the finished product, with the line drawing still being visible in the finished painting.
Postcards and other mementos primarily function as reminders of holidays and destinations, but they also act as instruction manuals as to how a place is to be experienced or remembered. Often a landscape is imbued with a kind of cartoonish exoticism, or a narrative of ‘exploration’ and ‘discovery’ is grafted onto the the holidaymakers’ experience. Such mundane myth-making serves to obscure the history and traditions of a place and its inhabitants.
Maz has completed residencies with Waverley Council in Australia, at San Cresci in Chianti, Italy and as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She is a two-time finalist in the Sulman Prize.
2005 Master of Studio Art, Sydney College of Art, Sydney
1998 – 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, Sydney
2017 Winner, Waverley Art Prize (Open Prize)
2015 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2015 Finalist, Waverley Art Prize
2014 Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize
2012 Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize
2012 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2012 Finalist, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (Contemporary Section)
SELECTED RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 El Dorado, Gaffa Creative Precinct
2016 Wonders of the Past, Gallerysmith Project Space
2016 Invictus, Palette Dining, presented by Louise Abbott at iArt
2011 Dawn and Dusk, galleryeight
2010 Terra Nova, Mary Place Gallery
SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Blank Spaces for the Imagination, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
2018 New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2017 Persona, Scratch Art Space (Curated by Rachael Helmore)
2017 Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School
2017 Echoes, Tortuga Studios