Paintings


Paintings by Don C. Nix

Inquiries regarding Don Nix’s paintings may be addressed to donnix@sbcglobal.net.

Artist’s Statement-Don C. Nix



The artist is that member of society charged with finding visual equivalents for the evanescent, non-ordinary states of consciousness in which life becomes deeply meaningful. Art occurs, for both the artist and the viewer, in that “realm of magic” generated and made possible by these very special mental states. By definition, then, the artist’s activity is shamanic in nature, and consists of invoking the magical and leading the viewer into it. Paul Klee had it right when he said: “All art is a memory of age-old things, dark things, whose fragments live on in the artist.” The images tap our race experiences of fireside ritual, magical incantation, and shamanic contact with the vast, unseen and ultimately powerful forces. There is a spirit of awe and veneration at work, and something stirs in modern man, beneath his layers of skepticism, rationality and pragmatism, to connect him with primitive man’s world of mystery, in which all things are alive and interconnected. The twenty-first century and its psychological deadweight are lifted. Time itself is suspended, as well as the laws of physics and the mentality that created them, and we float weightlessly in a magical universe beyond individuality.














“Great Blue Heron,” 60″x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Great White Egrets,” 60″x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Japanese Cranes Dancing,” 60″x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Leaping Crane II,” 60″ x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Japanese Snow Monkeys,” 60″x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Barn Owls,” 60″ x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Falling Water VII,” 40″x 60″, Acrylics on Canvas

“Falling Water V,” 25″ x 35″, Mixed Media on Canvas

“Falling Water IV,” 40″x 60″, Mixed Media on Canvas

“Falling Water XI,” 40″x 60″, Mixed Media on Canvas

“Hiroshige’s Dream XVII,” 45″x 35″, Mixed Media on Board

“Hiroshige’s Dream XVI,” 45″x 35″, Mixed Media on Board
Stone Shrine 16,” 30″x 22″, Acrylics on Paper

“Hiroshige’s Dream XVIII, 29″x30” Mixed Media on Board

“Stone Shrine 19,” 30″ x 22″, Acrylics on Paper


“Stone Shrine 18,” 30″x 22″, Acrylics on Paper

“Stone Shrine 23,” 30″ x 22″, Acrylics on Paper

“Stone Shrine 21,” 30″ x 22″, Acrylics on Paper


“Cosmos V,” 30″x 22″, Acrylics on Paper

“Cosmos X,” 30″x 22″, Acrylics on Paper

“Cosmos VII,” 30″ x 22″, Acrylics on Paper

“Cosmos VIII,” 30″ x 22″, Mixed Media on Paper


“Kannon,” 66″x 40″, Mixed Media on Board

“Maya 1,” 30″ diameter, Mixed Media on Board

“Maya II,” 30″ diameter, Mixed Media on Board

“Cosmos XV,” 30″ x 22″, Acrylics on Paper










Don C. Nix–Artist Resume

Individual Exhibitions


April, 1974: The Gallery on Lake Anne, Reston, VA

October, 1974: 2719 Gallery, Dallas, TX

December, 1975: 2719 Gallery, Dallas, TX

September, 1977: Wolfe Street Gallery, Washington, D.C.

November, 1977: Hubris Gallery, New York, NY

March, 1981: I.A.D.B. Gallery, Washington, D.C.

December, 1988: Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA

April, 1990: Mesa Gallery, San Francisco, CA

May, 1994: Arts Guild of Sonoma, Sonoma, CA

April, 2009: Opia Gallery, Sonoma, CA

Group Exhibitions

October, 1974: Indian Summer,” The Art Barn, Washington, D.C.

December, 1977: The Art League, Alexandria, VA

June, 1978: The Windsors Gallery, Miami, FL

April, 1982: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Assn., Alexandria, VA

November, 1988: Emeryville Arts Festival, Emeryville, CA

May, 1989: Pro Arts Open Studio Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

May, 1989: EmeryBay Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

June, 1989: Mesa Gallery, San Francisco, CA

November, 1989: Third Annual Arts Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

May, 1990: Earth’s Alive, Mesa Gallery, San Francisco, CA

October, 1990: Fourth Annual Art Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

June, 1991: Pro Arts Open Studio Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

September, 1991: Fifth Annual Arts Exhibition, Emeryville, CA

July, 2010: Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art, New York, NY

Selected Collections

Barnett-Aden Collection, Washington, D.C.

Finley Hunt Associates, Washington, D.C.

1st National Bank of Dallas, Dallas, TX

The Regency, McLean, VA

Shaller-Rubin Advertising, New York, NY

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Articles

Bevey. Rosalind, “Alexandria Sculpture Festival,” The
Alexandria Post Packet, March
31-April 6, 1983.

Fitzsimmons, James, Ed., “Washington D.C. Art,” Art
International: Oct./Nov. 1977, p.
53.

Forgey, Benjamin. “World of One City.” The Washington Star:
September 18. 1977.

Haacke, Lorraine. “The 10th Season at 2719,” The Dallas
Times Herald, October 7, 1974,
p. 40.

Kutner, Janet. “Nix Leaves Law for Painting.” The Dallas
Morning News: December 3,
1970.

Lanou, Tobie. “New, Surprising and Beautiful.” What’s Up in
Art-The Washington Art
Market Newsletter: September, 1977, p. 1.

Shore, Debra. “Don Nix.” The Johns Hopkins Magazine: May,
1975, pp. 12-20.



















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