Professor Louis Nixon studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and postgraduate sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. His practice encompasses painting, sculpture, installation and experimental film, often presented as multi-media installations in galleries and public spaces. Nixon founded the collective Space Explorations in 1990 and, as artist, director and curator, participated in large-scale interventions in response to specific sites. Since 2001 he has worked independently and exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Australia, Chile and China.
Before joining HKBU he was the Associate Dean for Research at Kingston School of Art and Head of the School of Fine Art from 2007-14. Nixon has also taught as a visiting lecturer at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the University of Greenwich, University of Westminster and as a guest lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, Royal College of Art, and Central St Martin’s.
My research is underpinned by an ongoing engagement with an expanded sculptural practice. I produce kinetic sculptures, sound works, films and paintings, which combine a manipulation of technology with the creation of new modes of presentation. I continue to define my work as part of an expanded practice of sculpture, which experiments with new ways of configuring sculpture in a wider social context. A developing research theme, which equates with the physical and political components of landscape is encapsulated in the idea of borders. Recent work traces borders, most often making journeys by car and travelling the boundary of a landscape, particular site or territory where a route of circumvention may be dictated for geographical or political reasons.
Exhibitions have received grant funding from the Arts Council England, the London Arts Board, the Paul Hamlin Foundation and the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.
2014 De Colore. William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, Australia.
2012 Island. Southard Reid, London, UK.
2010 Across the Border. Dispari & Dispari, Italy.
2005 Flag. Economist Plaza, Piccadilly, London, UK. Commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Society.
2005 Everywhere Nowhere. Dispari & Dispari, Italy,
2001 Don’t go to Work. Rhodes and Mann, London. UK.
2001 Rolling Barrel. Station, Bristol, UK.
2000 Century City. Tate Modern, London, UK. Space Explorations Archive.
2000 Von Gimborn Arboretum. Utrecht, Netherlands.
1999 Tourist. Space Explorations. London, UK.
1999 Furniture. Richard Salmon Gallery, London. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton. Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. U.K.
1996. High Rise. 110 Euston Rd, London, Space Explorations.
2010 Across the Border. Louis Nixon: New Work. Text by Dean Kenning. Published by Dispari & Dispari Arte Contemporanea. Italy.
2002 Rolling Barrel. Artists Book. Published by Art and Space.
1997 Tourist. Published by Space Explorations.
1996 Space Explorations, texts by Penelope Curtis, Mel Gooding David Barrett and Mark Currah. Published by Space Explorations.
Reviews and Interviews
2012 11 course leaders: 20 Questions. Interviews and Forward by Sarah Rowles, Introduction by Patricia Bickers. Published by Q-Art London
2009 Public Art China. Issue 1.
2007 Imagination Expo 2010.
2001 Journey into Space. Architects’ Journal.
1992 From Dust to Light, Space Explorations. Arts Council Film and Video Production
1992 UNTV. Video Publication.
Catalogues and Exhibition Publications
2006 Fifth International Biennale Gyumry. Published by Gyumry Centre for Contemporary Art with the support of OSI International and the British Council in Armenia. Text by Arpine Tokmajyan.
2004 Values. Biennale publication, Serbia and Montenegro. Text by Svetlana Mladenov. Supported by the British Council.
1999 Furniture. Texts by Martin Herbert, Joan Key, and Paul Heber- Percy, published by Richard Salmon Gallery, London.
1999 Without Day. Proposals for a new Scottish parliament. City Art Gallery Edinburgh. (Pocket Book Publication).
1997 Moving Targets. Louisa Buck. Tate Gallery Publishing.
1996 Moby Dick. Texts by Rita Salvaggio and Pier Luigi Tazzi. Published by John Hansard Gallery. U.K.
1996 Live – Life. Texts by Laurence Bosse and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris.
1996 Commissioning Art Works. Published by The Arts Council of England
London Arts Board, Awards to Individual Artists
British Council Travel grants to Chile, Serbia, Poland and Armenia.
Boise Travel Scholarship
British Institution Fund
Robert Ross Scholarship
Nixon has taught undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art since 1991 and has a number of research degrees completions as a supervisor in the Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston School of Art. Nixon has also held External Examiner positions at Central St Martins and Newcastle University and membership of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.