Maz Dixon is a Sydney artist whose art is inspired by vintage postcards. Paintings such as Shangri-La, the winner of the 2017 Waverley Art Prize, playfully explore the colonisation of landscapes and histories by tourism. 

Since completing a BFA at COFA and a Master of Studio Practice at SCA, Maz’s practice has focussed primarily on painting and its relationship with mass-produced photographic images. Taking figures and landscapes from scanned postcards, she creates a digital collage. She then projects and manually traces this digital artifact onto a surface and uses it as the basis of a painting. The transition of images from mass-produced objects to a unique work of art is a central feature Maz’s style, with the line drawing still being visible in the finished painting.

Postcards and other mementos primarily function as reminders of holidays and destinations, but they also act as instruction manuals as to how a place is to be experienced or remembered. Often a landscape is imbued with a kind of cartoonish exoticism or a narrative of ‘exploration’ and ‘discovery’ is grafted onto the holidaymakers’ experience. Such mundane myth-making serves to obscure the history and traditions of a place and its inhabitants. 

Maz has completed residencies in Australia with Waverley Council, and overseas at San Cresci in Chianti and as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She is a two-time finalist in the Sulman Prize.

STUDIES

2005 Master of Studio Art, SCA
1998 – 2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, COFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Two Sicilies, Bondi Pavilion Gallery
2020 Sweeties, Michael Reid Online
2018 The Life Exotic, Fox Galleries
2017 El Dorado, Gaffa Creative Precinct
2016 Wonders of the Past, Gallerysmith Project Space
2016 Invictus, Palette Dining, presented by Louise Abbott at iArt
2011 Dawn and Dusk, galleryeight
2010 Terra Nova, Mary Place Gallery
2009 Awfully Pretty, galleryeight
2008 Borderlands, Don
t Look Gallery

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Scavengers, Alternating Current ArtSpace, Windsor
Liquorice Allsorts: A Mixed Bag of Practice, Bondi Pavilion Gallery

2018
Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School
Contempo, KAB Gallery
Blank Spaces for the Imagination, Bondi Pavilion
New Dawn, Fox Galleries

2017
Persona, Scratch Art Space (Curated by Rachael Helmore)
Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School
Echoes, Tortuga Studios
Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery

2015
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery
Waverley Art Prize, Waverley-Woollahra Art School
Face-to-Face, Gaffa Creative Precinct (Curated by Celine Roberts)
Waverley Artist Studios Group Show, as a part of Art Month Sydney, Waverley Library

2014
The Lab, an Art Pharmacy pop-up event as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival
Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2013
Stimulate/Sedate, aMBUSH Gallery (an Art Pharmacy pop-up event)
Passing Through, Wellington Street Projects (Curated by Katherine Brickman)
Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

2012
Pop Tarts Present: Something naughty or nice?, Michael Reid Gallery (online show)
Fisher's Ghost Art Award (Contemporary Art Award), Campbelltown Arts Centre
Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life, Brenda May Gallery (Curated by Megan Fizell)
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Gallery
Sulman Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

2011
Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts
Marrickville X, ESP Gallery
Küt, Alaska

2010
Electric Encounters, Plump Gallery, Sydney Fringe
Fisher
s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2008
Still Life, Brenda May Gallery

PRIZES, RESIDENCIES & SCHOLARSHIPS

2018
Finalist, Waverley Art Prize

2017
Winner, Waverley Art Prize (Open Prize)
Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize

2015
Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome
Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
Finalist, Waverley Art Prize

2014
Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize

2013
La Macina di San Cresci Residency, Greve in Chianti

2012
Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize
Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Award (Contemporary Section)

2010
Waverley Council Artist-in-Residence Program

COLLECTIONS
Waverley Council

PRESS
Attraction - Yen Magazine, issue 76, May 2015, pp. 48 - 51
New Dawn - Art Collector Magazine, issue 83, Jan-March 2018, pp. 202-203