John Nixon is arguably Australia’s most influential contemporary artist. For John’s latest exhibition, the focus is turned away from his seminal art practice and instead showcases his personal collection of ceramics at Deakin University Art Gallery in Burwood. Featuring over 200 pieces of individual ceramics, John started collecting the works in this exhibition in the early 2000s from artists working in and around Melbourne throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Collected in Melbourne over the last 15 years, Studio Pottery from the John Nixon Collection tells a tale of modernism and post-war development in Melbourne, with handmade ceramics representing the aspiring modern lifestyle of the suburbs. ‘The exhibition demonstrates how one person’s passion, knowledge and dedication to an art form has transformed the everyday act of collecting into a cultural treasure,’ explains Deakin curator James Lynch, who curated the range of John’s collected domestic wares.
The exhibition will be launched by David Hurlston, Senior Curator of Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria on Wednesday, October 31st at 6pm.
Studio Pottery from the John Nixon Collection
October 31st – December 14th
Deakin University Art Gallery
Building FA221 Burwood Highway