James Dixon presents a stunning universe of shapes in his prolific sculpting oeuvre. Within that decades-long body of work are galaxies of plump annular pieces; leafy fans; spindly, crenelated columns; welcoming round or conical vessels; and elaborate structures. The stars and planets in each galaxy, the individual works, celebrate the forms within forms of these conventional or abstract shapes – all of which make for a singular geography of sorts. Big to fine, these geographies include separate millimeter-wide rivulets, expressive antennae, and curious drop-shapes throughout.
Yet, with his constant inspiration, he explores single galaxies at a time, presenting other-worldly interpretations within each theme. His current explorations are cast and hand-wrought bronze work families: Chalice, Indigenous, Columns, Tondo and Vessels. Two of his primary inspirations are the theme of social archetypes and the human hunger for an emotional experience that embodies and communicates truth. Sublime yet punctuated with levity, as he says himself. The earthy, rough-hewn contour of his Indigenous-titled category also displays his own interest in Pre-Industrial Global Art.Dixon cites his other formative influences as being his parents, historical social movements, audio artists and, notably, the divine.
Though he was winning art awards before college, Dixon earned his bachelor's and Masters of Fine Arts at Colorado State University. Since then, he has had hundreds of creations and displays in the premier venues – public and private, arts, civic, literary, music, culture – throughout Denver and Colorado, where he keeps his own workshop. In addition to numerous awards, his works have been featured or commissioned by international businesses, including Rolling Stone Magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Vantage Press, LUXE Interiors + Design, DYS Records, and RER Megacorp, a British record label. Most notably, Dixon’s work has been a staple at The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver, Colorado, since 2005, alongside sculptors of international fame such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick MacMonnies, Elsie Ward Hering, Herbert Bayer, and many more.