Award winning artist, Paul Dixon, was born in Scotland but grew up in St. Ives, Cornwell, England. As a child, he had a natural flair for drawing and spent many hours with pad and pencil in and around the Cornish countryside which is where he also developed a keen interest in natural history. He has had no formal art training other than art lessons at school.
In 1981, Paul emigrated to South Africa where he experienced first-hand the African wildlife, in it’s natural habitat, sparking off a love affair with the African Bush. Inspired by his initial bush encounters, he began trying to capture the atmosphere and light, which is so unique t Africa I his preferred medium of pastel.
In 1996, his work was accepted by Christies of London for their prestigious Wildlife Art Auction and subsequently sold every piece offered in the next seven consecutive wildlife art sales.
During 2000, Paul was elected as a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, New York and in 2002 he was elected a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, both very prestigious organizations where members are elected by a panel of jurors.
In 2003, Paul was a finalist in the “Pastel Artist International” magazine with his painting of a bull elephant entitled “Zambezi Down” and subsequently wrote an article, as a featured artist, for the magazine (Issue No. 14)
Paul’s paintings have been published on numerous occasion and have been reproduced as limited edition prints and giclees.
In 2005, Paul began painting in oil on canvas, keeping his own style and maintaining the ‘pastel’ effect and appearance, which has won him an award and finalist in the “International Artist” magazine with an oil painting.
He believes in living the experience and makes as many trips to the bush as possible, collecting reference material and rekindling the inspiration for new works.
Paul’s work can be found in private and corporate collections in more than two dozen countries around the world. He as recently accepted a commission from the Sultan of Oman for two oil paintings, which are hanging in the new wing of the palace.
In 2008 Paul held a very successful solo exhibition in Swakopmund, Namibia. His work is now available on a permanent basis in Namibia through the appointment of a sole agent in Swakopmund.
During 2009, Paul was a featured artist in the “International Artist” magazine, with a write-up about himself and his work.
Paul’s work has been selected for the “Art and the Animal” exhibition and National tour of Galleries and Museums in North America for a year during 2009/10 with the Society of Animal Artists, in the US. this is one of the most prestigious Exhibitions of Wildlife Art anywhere in the world and Paul’s work will hang amongst the best on the plant.
Paul is married with two sons and paints daily in his studio/gallery
in Cape Town, South Africa.