Charles Dix (1939 - 2005)

Birth date: 2/5/1939 Death date: 2/2/2005  
Birth location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Death location: Delafield, Wisconsin  
Media: Painter / Watercolor , Painting Web site:
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Charles Dix

Born 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Died 2005 in Tucson, Arizona

A painter since his youth, Charles Dix achieved regional and national recognition for his watercolor and mixed media abstract works. After winning awards for paintings created during his high school years in Oconomowoc, he studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Layton School of art in Milwaukee. Later he began to experiment with innovative techniques, creating fluid works with atmospheric combinations of watercolor, oil, and reflective layers of acrylic paints and metallic powders.

Influenced by his interest in science fiction and space phenomena, his dreamy landscapes also reflected a love of nature. He lived in a contemporary home and gallery of his own design in rural Delafield surrounded by beautiful gardens. The light and colors of the desert inspired works created at his winter home and studio in Tucson, Arizona.

Extremely prolific, it has been estimated that he created more than 6000 paintings during his lifetime. Represented in galleries from San Francisco to New York his work is also installed in numerous museum, library and university collections. His home, studio and gardens were often open for public tours and were the site of fund raising events for charitable organizations in the Milwaukee area. He was a member of Wisconsin Painter and Sculptors and Wisconsin Designer Craftsmen, The Wisconsin Watercolor Society, and the Springfield Art Alliance.

Selected One-man Exhibitions

1966  Frederick Gallery, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

1986  Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

2004  National Watercolor Society 83rd Annual Exhibition, Brea, CA

2007  Showcase of the Work of the late Charles Dix, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee

Selected Group Exhibitions

1958, 1960   Wisconsin State Fair Festival of the Arts

1962   Drawings and Prints by Wisconsin Artists, Milwaukee Art Center

1968   54th Annual Wisconsin Painter and Sculptors Exhibition, Milwaukee Art Center

1976   A Century Plus of Wisconsin Watercolors, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

1978   Wisconsin  Watercolor  Society, Silver Anniversary Exhibition, UW, Milwaukee

1991   Watercolor Wisconsin: Celebrating 25 Years, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

1995   73rd Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council Exhibition,  Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc

2000   Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors/Wisconsin Artists in all Media, West Bend Art Museum

2007   One Collection, Three Dimensions, A Personal Pursuit of Wisconsin Sculpture,          

            Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

Bibliography:  New Abstracts by Charles Dix, Milw. Journal, 1966, Obituary, Milw. Journal, 2005, Dix,62, an artist…., Lake Country Reporter, 2000, Delafield Property….Milw. Journal,Sentinel, 2004, Archive Exhibition records.

© 3/15/2010 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin                                       6/3/2010

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