It is a pleasure to welcome Brighton based artist, Simon Dixon as an exhibiting artist for the Dada+8 Exhibition. Simon has become well known for his colourful Pop Art images of 20th Century icons. These images often stir a sense of nostalgia within us and allow us to reconnect with the musical and cultural memories of our past. In this interview, we get to know Simon a little better...
How has your art evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
I was always drawing pencil and pen and ink portraits of Elvis and Johnny Rotten when I was at school so the subject matter hasn't really evolved that much, except I try to do less known, recognisable icons now.
What's your favourite piece of work you've done and why
I haven't got one particular favourite but if I had to pick one it would probably be this portrait I did of my Grandad in his RAF uniform in WW2, for obvious reasons. I did it for a birthday present for him and he used to salute it every time he walked past it.
What artists have inspired you?
Three well known artists that have influenced me are Herge, Robert Crumb and Jamie Reid. Besides that I tend to be more influenced by friends who are artists as well, as you can bounce ideas off each other.
How do you know when a piece of work is completed?
It's usually difficult to know when a piece is finished because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I always think I could do something more to improve it....but then you can overdo it so there's a fine line. I'd say it's when I reach the point when I've had enough, I'm usually sick of the sight of a painting after working on it for a few weeks!
What do you hope the viewers will take away from your artwork?
Someone who bought one of my Muhammed Ali prints once told me he looks at it every morning before he goes to work and it makes him feel good, which was a really nice compliment. If my work brightens up someone's day then that's good enough for me!