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EASTER ISLAND AND CHILE

4/19/2011 - 5/7/2011

I had the privilege of spending  five days on Easter Island, and 2 weeks traveling through northern Chile with my favorite person on earth (Michelle Lance.)

rapa nui

rapa nui

 

rapa nui

 
PURGE ATL

13 Jul, 2010 Johnny Carroll PROCESS
Predicting The End Of The World With Steve Dixey

 

Steven A. Dixey, known as “Dixey” by his friends, has been creating art in Atlanta for the last 8 years. While his “Doom and Gloom” themed paintings have been adorning the walls of art shows in the city for the better part of a decade, a few questions could be asked.

Does Dixey possess a supernatural ability to paint the future with each stroke of the brush, like a real life Isaac Mendez?

And if so, is each piece of his art a prophetic vision put to canvas of the inevitable future, as the state of our planet and race appear to be on the brink of impending destruction?

Most importantly, if these inquiries prove to be accurate and Dixey turns out to be a prophet of doom, the Nostradamus of our generation, will he continue to work at the Local?

Personally, I hope all of the above is true.

Purge: When did you have the epiphany that you wanted to be an artist?

Dixey: The first thing that really sticks out in my mind was when I bought Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time. I remember being in 4th grade, walking into a record store and seeing a floor to ceiling poster of that fucking techno punk, post apocalyptic album cover. I just pointed at it and said “That! I have no idea what that is, but I want that!”

I’ve also been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. My dad was big into art. He actually went to school for ceramics. He had a huge collection of art books and he would take me to museums a lot. I was really exposed to art through him. I was also really big into comic books, sci-fi and fantasy shit in middle school and high school.

Purge: There’s a lot of religious connotations in your work, can you give some insight as to where that comes from?

Dixey: I had a religious up bringing, but I don’t consider myself to be religious whatsoever, but that definitely shaped me. I was interested in mythology when I was a kid and my dad would read me Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and all kinds of sci-fi books. I grew up reading Dune. I’ve always had an interest in all of that and I feel like a lot of it comes back up now.

In high school, I went to an all boys Catholic school in Miami. It wasn’t really my favorite experience, but I had a really good art teacher there. I pretty much took as many art classes as I could so I wouldn’t have to deal with all of the other shit at the school. I really hated it there, but my art teacher really steered me in to going to art school.

Purge: I came to one of your art shows a few years back and what really stood out to me was how much work you put into the framing of your pieces.

Dixey: When I first moved to Atlanta I was working in a sculpture production studio and it was set up to cold cast bronze and stone and I was making all of my molds there. So I had an enormous warehouse studio that was set up to do all of that shit.

That’s when I started doing those cast frame pieces with the big elaborate custom made frames, even then the paintings were pretty novice. I was really leaning heavily on a lot of 15th and 16th century Italian painting like Baroque and Rococo type stuff. Caravaggio was a big influence on my style and composition, but there was way more work in the frame than there was in the painting.

Purge: A lot of your paintings seem very Post-Apocalyptic. Tell me about that.

Dixey: The show I did last year for Beep Beep Gallery was all God vs. Science, but in an evolution type setting, but there’s no god in the paintings. From there, the pieces I did for the Young Blood show were more along the lines of ecological disasters and extinct animals.

When I first moved to Atlanta in 2002, I was doing a lot of Greek and Roman mythological stuff, but set with really contemporary imagery. I broke from that about a year or two ago and have been trying to set up my own style. I’d like my pieces to have the same kind of feel as the classical master pieces with a religious or mythological importance with new stories behind them.

Purge: Do you think that the end of the world is coming soon?

Dixey: I’m pretty sure the world will end, but I’m not going to speculate as to how.

Purge:
Could you?

Dixey: I think as a race we’re pretty fucked right now. I definitely think we’ve done a hell of a lot of damage. I’m not a scientist or anything, but it seems like we’re heading straight into a serious disaster, in who knows 50,100,200 years. We have limited resources, the population is sky rocketing and with the destruction that we’re causing to the environment, I just don’t see how it’s salvageable.

Steve resides in Atlanta, Ga with his girlfriend Michelle. When he’s not painting the future or serving alcoholic beverages, he has countless hobbies which include, but are not limited to owning an AK-47 and two AT-AT Walkers.

Photo Credit: Christy Parry

 
REST IN PEACE.

5/4/10

Today my Flat-Rock scorpion died.

She was a Mozambique Flat-Rock scorpion (Hadogenes granulatus)

I had her for 15 years. I bought her in 1995 while i was in my first year of college.  She was full grown when i bought her, and her species takes 5 years to mature, which would have made her at the very least 20 years old.  She was wild-caught,  so I have no idea how old she actually was.

It's crazy to think about it, but i have had her nearly half of my life...

flat rock scorpion

 
ALL NEW WEBSITE...

04/20/10

At long last, the website is back up and running!

It was down for about four months, and was really due for an overhaul anyway. It's not 100% finished, there's a few paintings I still need to photograph, and a few things here and there that might need to be cleaned up, but check it out.

And a big thanks to Mark Basehore of Beep Beep Gallery for the layout and construction of the new site.

(And for putting up with my bullshit)

DIXEY

desk

 

 
PERU - 2008

This is probably my single most favorite photo from my trip to Peru in 2008.

It was shot at a Paracas Indian burial site that had been looted by Spaniards several hundred years ago. Human bones, and fragments of clothing and pottery littered the ground.

Shot somewhere south-west of Ocucaje, Peru, which lies on the northernmost edge of the Atacama Desert.

human skulls