Simon Dixon Artist
On May 11th, Hotel Pelirocco hosted a private view to launch an exhibition of work from Brighton artist Simon Dixon. The wet and humid weather didn’t deter a packed throng from celebrating the work of the much-loved artist who passed away in February this year.
Striking, vibrant and colourful, Dixon’s prints and paintings of 20th century music icons included Paul Weller, Elvis Presley, John Lydon, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Joe Strummer, Lemmy and Poison Ivy from The Cramps – a fitting selection for ‘England’s most rock & roll hotel’.
Amongst the diverse selection of guests were Dada Art Projects supremo Stefania Dal Ferro, City Reads founder Sarah Hutchings, rockabilly band The Hillmans and fellow Brighton-based artists Jim Sanders, Seiko Kato, Paul Ostrer and Sarah Shaw. Also in attendance were members of Simon’s family including his brother Sam, who organised the event with fellow ‘Team Dixon’ members Jo Whitley and Séan Baldwin. “We feel that the Pelirocco, with its unique style and appreciation of great music, is the ideal venue to display Simon’s iconic work,” says Jo. “It was always hoped that a Dixon exhibition would occur here during Simon’s lifetime but sadly it never transpired. So it’s important at
this particular point in time for friends and family to be able to raise a glass and honour his work in this very special location.” Sam says, “Simon was a DJ back in the 90s, playing ska and R & B classics at the Catfish Club. Music and pop culture were huge influences on his output so it makes perfect sense to be here.”
“It’s great to see so many different types here too,” adds Séan. “Simon was a renowned connector of people from across a broad spectrum. He was very much at the hub of the local creative scene but he never liked to be the centre of attention. He was a humble man who took his work very seriously and never compromised his vision, even when taking on private commissions. If he wasn’t inspired by the subject then it was off the cards, simple as that.” Dixon’s work not only featured musicians but was also collected by some, including Shaun
Ryder, Sharleen Spiteri and Dougie Payne from Travis. Before he was struck by illness in his 20s, Simon was a talented footballer and his portrait of Dick Knight features on the cover of the Brighton & Hove Albion life president’s autobiography, and is currently hanging In Dick’s Bar at the Amex stadium.
In accordance with Dixon’s wishes, his limited edition pictures will continue to reach their audience. The prints are lovingly produced to the highest possible standard by Fine Art Guild accredited Eye 4 Colour Printmakers, based in Brighton. In order for the work to be authenticated, the prints will feature a DIXON embossed stamp as well as being titled and numbered. They can be purchased via the website below. The exhibition runs until July 5th where visitors are welcome to come and view the art. www.simondixon.net