’Homage to Etosha’ Exhibits in Swakopmund

PAUL Dixon, signature member of The Society of Animal Artists (SAA) in South Africa, is visiting Namibia. His first stop will be the upcoming Omaruru Artist Trail which is to start on Friday, 19 September.

Thereafter, Dixon opens his solo exhibition ‘Touch of the Wild’ at the Fine Arts Gallery in Swakopmund on Friday, 26 September.

Dixon was born in Scotland but grew up in St. Ives, Cornwall, England. He immigrated to South Africa in 1981, where he experienced African wildlife first-hand.

His work can be found in private and corporate collections in more than two dozen countries around the world and he has recently accepted a commission from the Sultan of Oman for two oil paintings which now hang in the new wing of the palace.

The Society of Animal Artists is an organisation comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world. The membership roster of the SAA reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the world’s most significant artists working in the genre of animal art today.

Membership is coveted by leading painters and sculptors around the globe, and just being accepted as a member of this esteemed organisation is a real achievement.

Though not Namibian, he is regarded as an ambassador of Namibia’s wildlife and beauty.

Last year he was awarded with a prize from the American International Artist Magazine, and he had a four-page feature written on his work.

The painting which won him the prize, ‘Drink Break at Kalkheuwel’ was sold two years ago in Omaruru at the Artist Trail.

Dixon is also a generous donator towards the Desert Lion Project. He donated one of his precious pastel paintings, which is currently being raffled in aid of the work of Dr Flip Stander. Four years ago he donated a painting which was auctioned in aid of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

The exhibition starts at 17h30 and will be on display until 24 October.

Source : The Namibian