ABOUT

My work explores my internal landscape and its reflection in the world around me.

 

I have always turned to self-portraiture, familiar yet confronting, as the modality through which I feel I can best express my concepts. Each work, each incarnation of self, explores my journey in a genetically compromised body through an increasingly toxic world. The canary, ever my totem, is to the fabled coal mine as I often feel I am to this modern life.

 

My compositions are carefully contrived; from the design/construction of elaborate props (eg. the Monocular, Battle Headdress, Respirator) to palette choice and key conceptual elements. I love the interplay between contemplative space and ornate detail, the juxtaposition of the commonplace with the wonderfully strange.

 

There is a dichotomy between the warrior and the acutely vulnerable that often underpins my representation of self. Mine is a world where bold female archetypes, DNA mutations, pop culture fascinations and psychological machinations collide in a timeless grasp for identity that bestrides the bounds of the ordinary.

BIO

Within 12 months of graduating from NMIT’s School of Visual Arts, Lix’s work caught the eye of revered gallerist and Auckland Art Fair founding director Jennifer Buckley, seeing her secure her first solo show at one of Auckland’s most enduring and respected contemporary galleries, the Oedipus Rex. Three years on she became the youngest artist published in E.M. Caughey’s book ‘Art New Zealand Today’ (Saint Publishing, 2003).

 

Lix cites a childhood in the stunning isolation of New Zealand’s hill country as the catalyst for her ever-active imagination and unique way of seeing the world. In 2007 she settled in 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 saw Lix return her focus to conceptual fine art and exhibition, kicking off her comeback as the People’s Choice winner in the 2016 Clayton Utz Art Award, a category winner in the 2016 Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award and a finalist in the 2018 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

A current Artist CV can be downloaded HERE.

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

EXHIBITIONS

2018

PORTIA GEACH AWARD EXHIBITION, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (AUST)
LUX EX TENEBRIS, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (AUST)
BLUETHUMB ART PRIZE, BLUETHUMB HQ, Melbourne (AUST)

 

2017
AFTER IMAGE, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane (AUST)
EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS, WEST OF THE SEA, Fish Lane Installation (AUST)

 

2016
CLAYTON UTZ AWARD EXHIBITION, Clayton Utz, Brisbane (AUST)
INSURGENT, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (AUST)
LETHBRIDGE 10000 EXHIBITION, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (AUST)

 

2010
MORTIMER PORTRAIT PRIZE EXHIBITION, Touring (AUST)
REAL REFUSÉS, Tap Gallery, Sydney (AUST)
ARTS QLD LIVE PAINTING PROJECT, Royal Brisbane Exhibition (AUST)

 

2009
MINUS CANVAS III, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane (AUST)
ARTS QLD LIVE PAINTING PROJECT, Royal Brisbane Exhibition (AUST)

 

2007
RELAUNCH EXHIBITION, The Refinery Gallery, Nelson (NZ)

 

2006
MITOCHONDRIA, The Art Factor Gallery, Nelson (NZ)
ART IN WINDOWS, Nelson Arts Festival, Nelson (NZ)

 

2005
ART OF NEW ZEALAND ’05, Nayland College, Nelson (NZ)
GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION, The Art Factor Gallery, Nelson (NZ)

 

2003
SELF TITLED, Start Gallery, Wellington (NZ)
MID-WINTER EXHIBITION, Start Gallery, Wellington (NZ)
NO RES, Gallery 203, Nelson (NZ)

 

2002
DIGILLUSIONS, Silkwood Gallery, Nelson NZ
ARCANUM, Silkwood Gallery, Nelson NZ

 

2001
SOLILOQUY (Solo), Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland (NZ)

 

2000
SHOWCASE; NEW WORK, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland, (NZ)
CONTRA, The Metro, Nelson (NZ)

 

1999
CREME, NMIT Graduate Exhibition, Nelson, NZ
TELECOM ART AWARD EXHIBITION, Suter Art Gallery, Nelson (NZ)
OLYMPIC EXHIBITION, Capital E Gallery, Wellington (NZ)

AWARDS

2018

FINALIST – Portia Geach Memorial Award (AUST)
FINALIST – Bluethumb Art Prize (AUST)

 

2016
WINNER – Clayton Utz Art Award People’s Choice (AUST)
CATEGORY WINNER – Lethbridge 1000 Art Award (AUST)

 

2010
FINALIST – Mortimer Portrait Prize (AUST)
FINALIST – Aesthetica Art Prize (UK)

 

1999
WINNER – Telecom NZ Art Award (NZ)

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