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Phil Dixon

Phil Dixon is a sculptor based in Brixham, Devon. He works with welded metals, polyester resin and found objects. Some of his sculptures have been designed to draw the viewer into a particular emotion. Other pieces have looked closer at mankind's relationship with our natural world in an attempt to clarify to Phil, his own place within this environment.

The humour and sometimes interactive aspects of Phil's work contrasts the meaning behind it, which is to convey his own concern with growing older, and the inevitable end to life. Phil's practice could be viewed as a quest for answers; however it is inevitably also providing him with a purpose.

Phil explores the kinetic movement in art, often by using electric motors, activated by the viewer either consciously through switches or unconsciously through sensing devices. Some recent work has harnessed natural energy resources to power the sculptures, or relied upon the viewer to power it manually. He uses a broad selection of materials including metals, such as aluminium and steel. His work varies in size, from small mechanisms and maquettes, to entire room installations in which lighting and confined space help to create the mood in the piece.

Phil Dixon regularly exhibits across the South West. He has been a committee member of several art organisations such as, C. Visual Art and Dartmouth Contemporary Arts. In 2016 he was shortlisted for the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize.

His proposed sculpture will be a hollow translucent fibreglass sphere suspended above the ground. It will have lots of tiny coloured skull images on paper floating around inside, based on the Mexican celebration Day of the Dead. The subject matter won’t be very obvious to the viewer. The sphere will turn by a handle where viewers may look into the sphere through giant kaleidoscopes. They will view the skulls in an abstract manner, creating coloured optical effects. The piece attempts to examine the perception of life and death using humour and celebration. Viewers are ironically unaware that they are seeing beauty in the representation of death.