ABOUT

STATEMENT

My self-portraits are reflections of my internal landscape and catharsis for my perseverations. Conceptually layered, surreal and often subtly satirical, these paintings explore my journey, as a bleeding heart in a fragile body, through an increasingly toxic world.

 

My compositions are carefully contrived; from design and construction of elaborate props to palette choice and conceptual devices. I relish the craft of creating a visual narrative within a singular, static image. Similarly, 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, psychological machinations and the ever-evolving trials of this contemporary epoch 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

2021

LUCID 2021, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne (AU)

ANTIPODES 2021, Beinart Gallery, Melbourne (AU)

COLOUR POP, Art Lovers Gallery, Gold Coast (AU)

 

2018

PORTIA GEACH AWARD, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (AU)

LUX EX TENEBRIS, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (AU)

BLUETHUMB ART PRIZE, Bluethumb HQ, Melbourne (AU)

 

2017

AFTER IMAGE, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane (AU)

EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS, WEST OF THE SEA, Fish Lane Installation (AU)

 

2016

CLAYTON UTZ AWARD, Clayton Utz, Brisbane (AU)

INSURGENT, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (AU)

LETHBRIDGE 10000 PRIZE, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (AU)

 

2010

MORTIMER PORTRAIT PRIZE EXHIBITION, Touring (AU)

REAL REFUSÉS, Tap Gallery, Sydney (AU)

ARTS QLD LIVE PROJECT, Royal Brisbane Exhibition (AU)

 

2009

MINUS CANVAS III, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane (AU)

ARTS QLD LIVE PROJECT, Royal Brisbane Exhibition (AU)

 

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)

LAUNCH 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, Suter Art Gallery, Nelson (NZ)

OLYMPIC EXHIBITION, Capital E Gallery, Wellington (NZ)

AWARDS

2021

WINNER – Art Lovers Australia Prize (AUST)

 

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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