Bumble Bee 21-7-02
Michael Dix is a contemporary artist and designer based in Dundee, Scotland. Having studied Interior and Environmental Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, he graduated in 1998. Since then Michael has successfully launched his own Interior and Architectural Services practice, DIX Design.
Michael has designed everything from staircases made entirely of glass to his own apartment in the engine room of an old jute mill.
Architecture and design are clear influences in his artworks especially through an understanding of size and scale and how to alter our perception of them.
A white background is often present in the artist’s work. This serves to add both mystery and infinite space. White space allows fine shadow work to be explored and suggested. Drastically altering the scale and presentation of certain objects such as the Bumble Bee creates interesting aesthetics.
‘Scale’ forms the central core of the artist’s work, with concentrated, articulate, complex pieces of nature being produced over pristine white backgrounds, ordinance survey maps, and original 19th Century architectural etchings.
Michael has built a reputation for his hyper real, purified, idolised visions of a variety of Pollinators. Each piece is designed to present a view of often overlooked beings, carefully positioned over scale-less backgrounds.
Michael Dix was born in Stoke on Trent in 1975 but moved to Dundee in 1980 where he has spent his most
formative years. In 1998 Michael graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a
degree in Interior and Environmental Design.
Working within both Art and Design has given his work a highly analytical perspective. Unusual mediums,
subject matter and execution are all carefully considered before an artwork is started, the same rigorous
approach he applies to design work.
Challenging the viewer’s perception of space and scale are key ideas in his work. Michael’s paintings invite
the viewer to reconsider beauty in the most overlooked, tiniest subject matter. The artist’s intention is to pull
you into his ‘microcosm’ through considered play with the scale and placing of the subject in its surroundings.