FINE ART

 

 

Lix North’s eccentric, hyperrealist portraits explore her own internal landscape and its reflection in the world around her. Laced with metaphor, augmented with ornate detail and a hint of satire, her portraits juxtapose the commonplace with the wonderfully strange.

 

Ever technically explorative, Lix is particularly fond of the interplay between elements of intense detail and contemplative space. Each composition is carefully contrived; from the imagining and construction of elaborate props, to calculated palette selection and the accentuation of key conceptual and compositional elements.

 

Warrior or fool, explorer or martyr, barbarian or philosopher. Each work, each incarnation of self, tells the story of a personal battle, ideology or foible. Hers is a world where DNA mutations, pop culture fascinations and psychological machinations collide in a timeless grasp for identity that bestrides the bounds of the ordinary.

 

Recent Work

 

 

 

 

Selected Past Work

 

 

 

 

Selected Commissioned Work

 

 

Bio

 

Lix North secured her first solo show at one of Auckland’s most enduring and respected contemporary galleries, the Oedipus Rex, within 12 months of graduating art school. Winning the Telecom NZ Art Award in 1999, just months prior to graduating from NMIT’s School of Visual Arts, by 2003 she became the youngest artist published in E.M. Caughey’s book ’Art New Zealand Today’.

 

Lix cites a childhood in the stunning, yet isolated, New Zealand hill country as the catalyst for her ever-active imagination and unique way of seeing the world. In 2007 she moved from New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia, spending the majority of the ensuing decade as a professional illustrator, photographer and commission artist under the name of her graphic art studio, Lix Creative.

 

2016 sees Lix return her focus to conceptual fine art and exhibition, kicking off her comeback as the winner of the Clayton Utz Art Award People’s Choice, and a 2016 Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award and a finalist as a Category Winner in the Lethbridge 10000 Art Award.

 

Lix’s full Artist CV can be downloaded HERE.

 

NB. Lix has previously painted under the names  ‘Lix/Alex Bacskay’ (2007-2014), ‘Lix/Alex Ensor’ (1997-2006).

 

 

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Past Exhibitions

 

2016  

CLAYTON UTZ AWARD FINALIST EXHIBITION (Group), Clayton Utz, Brisbane, QLD

INSURGENT (Group), Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

LETHBRIDGE 10000 FINALIST EXHIBITION (Group), Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

 

2010

MORTIMER PORTRAIT PRIZE FINALIST EXHIBITION (Group), Touring QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC

REAL REFUSÉS (Group), Tap Gallery, Sydney, NSW

ARTS QLD LIVE PAINTING PROJECT (Group), Royal Brisbane Exhibition, QLD

 

2009

ARTS QLD LIVE PAINTING PROJECT (Group), Royal Brisbane Exhibition, QLD

MINUS CANVAS III (Group), Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane, QLD

 

2007

RELAUNCH EXHIBITION (Group), The Refinery Gallery, Nelson, NZ

 

2006

MITOCHONDRIA (Group), The Art Factor Gallery, Nelson, NZ (group)

ART IN WINDOWS (Group), Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson, NZ

 

2005

ART OF NEW ZEALAND ’05 (Group), Nayland College, Nelson, NZ

GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION (Group), The Art Factor Gallery, Nelson, NZ

 

2004

ART OF NEW ZEALAND ’04 (Group), Nayland College, Nelson, NZ

 

2003

SELF TITLED (Solo), Start Gallery, Wellington, NZ

MID-WINTER EXHIBITION (Group), Start Gallery, Wellington, NZ

ART OF NEW ZEALAND ’03 (Group), Nayland College, Nelson, NZ

NO RES (with Andy Clover), Gallery 203, Nelson, NZ

 

2002

DIGILLUSIONS (Solo), Silkwood Gallery, Nelson NZ

ARCANUM (with Andy McCubbin), Silkwood Gallery, Nelson NZ

 

2001

ART IN WINDOWS (Group) a Nelson Arts Festival project, Nelson, NZ

SOLILOQUY (Solo), Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland NZ

 

2000

SHOWCASE; NEW WORK (Group), Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland, NZ

CONTRA (with Merrin Tandy), The Metro, Nelson NZ

 

1999

CREME (Group), NMIT Graduate Exhibition, Nelson, NZ

TELECOM ART AWARD FINALIST EXHIBITION (Group), Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, NZ

OLYMPIC EXHIBITION (Group), Capital E Gallery, Wellington, NZ

LESSONS IN MOVEMENT (Solo), Silkwood Gallery, Nelson, NZ

 

 

Awards

 

2016 – WINNER – Clayton Utz Art Award, People’s Choice Award (AUST)

 

2016 – CATEGORY WINNER – Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award (AUST)

 

2010 – FINALIST – Mortimer Portrait Prize (AUST)

 

2010 – FINALIST – Aesthetica Art Prize (UK)

 

1999 – WINNER – Telecom NZ Art Award (NZ)